"no holds barred, no avenue in Toytown left untraveled, no chamber in the Castle Colorforms, unexplored..."
December 2, 2010 8:20 PM Subscribe
"From 1965 to 1971, we played together, inventing one thing or another.... But, like the bride of Bluebeard, there was one door I was not allowed to enter. That was the door marked “Colorforms”. That alone was off limits. Harry had invented Colorforms, the vinyl plastic pieces that stuck to a shiny surface. And he was convinced that there was no idea or application involving Colorforms, nor could there be, that he had not thought up already.... [H]e would entertain no further discussion on the subject. The very mention of “stick-ons” was off limits. The door to Colorforms was shut and bolted. Until 6 years later, through a curious set of circumstances, I broke it down once and forever." The Colorforms Years
posted by jessamyn (68 comments total)
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is Mel Birnkrant's illustrated history of two decades of ups and downs working with Colorforms
, the first plastic-based creative toy and one of the first toys promoted in television commercials.
If you grew up in the 1970s, you will probably recognize many of these toys: Pound Puppies
, Mickey Mouse
, Holly Hobbie
, and more