Sunday, September 1, 2013
How Long Can You Stay Fresh In That Can?
Anyway, I thought there was no way I would ever see it again. On a wild impulse tonight I Googled a few search parameters and was stunned to actually find it! It turns out it was made (along with the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion) by the Game-Time Company in Litchfield Michigan, a supplier of playground accoutrements across the country. A couple of these images were from different auction sites.
Of course these have an extra forty years of wear on them, but I seem to remember the nose as being longer. I do recall being annoyed that they were two-faced so you could get trash in from either side, which would have made my "customization" harder. It's odd to see the real thing after so many years; it cuts through the nostalgic haze of memory. Like so many childhood things it seems smaller, and tarnished, and pathetically whimsical. But also, like my old boyhood plan, almost brave beyond the boundaries of rationality.