Toys of the Seventies, Silly Putty

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Silly Putty was some soft clay that you could make shapes with, it came in a hard, plastic egg-shaped container.
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John - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Sister, long hair, silly putty. Dare I go on? Actually neither I nor my brother put it in her hair, it was self-inflicted. She rolled over on it herself. Okay, maybe one of us left it on the floor and maybe one of us was wrestling with her and maybe she rolled onto it herself. Mother was furious, when peanut butter failed to loosen it, it was scissors time. Oh yah and one could press the putty onto the colored funny papers that came out on Sunday morning newspaper. I remember feeling kind of guilty about lifting a copy of Richard Nixon's face from the newspaper and making it look goofy, and wondered if I would be put in jail for that if anyone found out.
crazy amy - June 29, 2009 - Report this comment
ist of all JOHN,i had a brother like you,and yes there were a LOT of "accidents".2nd dont feel guilty nixon looked kind of goofy already-almost as if he had ALREADY been stretched on some silly putty. what i remember most was how it snapped if you bit into it-aahh memories!
Emily - September 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Aww, I USED to have some silly putty. I would blow bubbles into it to pop it, instead of biting it, (it tasted horrible after so much play and germs), but my sister left it out and it dried up rock solid. :(
Janice - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Yea,mainly just used it to transfer the comics on it,then i didn't want to mess it up,then u get over it and do it again,great times,i'm proud to b a 70's kid.
Rob Lambert - October 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Silly Putty dates back to 1959. You needed probably ten globs of it to really have fun. Was originally 39 cents. By 1970, each was 79 cents. Last I saw any, around 2000 at Toys R Us, two dollars, for that little glob of clay in egg in blister pack. Then, it disappeared, with child advocacy groups' fears of kids choking, or ink poisoning from transferring comic book or newsprint images to the putty. There never was, nor ever will be, a perfect, fun, safe toy product. Merely an observation.
Chomper01 - September 05, 2013 - Report this comment
The worst thing about Silly Putty is that you should never-ever put it in your pants pocket (once it sticks to the fabric of the pocket; it's hard to get off, and it makes a mess). I used to have one when I was 11 or 12; and put it in one of my pants pocket (threw the egg shell away by accident). When my mom was going to wash my pants; she checked the pocket and found silly - putty stuck inside. we got some of it out, but half was still stuck inside. I learned my lesson after that. :(
Rob Lambert - January 24, 2015 - Report this comment
Though the formula for Silly Putty was created in 1943, it was not until 1950 when a marketing consultant named Peter Hodgson started putting the stuff in plastic eggs and selling them for a buck each. Later in the 1950s came the famous blister pack, shaped to resemble a TV set and the two kids cartoon pictures on them. Hodgson did almost no comic book advertising for Silly Putty, but made his first TV commercial in 1957. Hodgson died in 1975. The makers of Crayola crayons acquired rights to Silly Putty shortly after, and still sell it today, only for a dollar more.
Rob Lambert - January 06, 2018 - Report this comment
Over the years, Silly Putty had only one serious competitor. Nutty Putty was never sold in stores, only through mail order by a novelty company in New York. Ads began appearing in comic book publications like Archie and Harvey in 1956, until 1961. Nutty Putty cost a dollar and came in an egg-shaped container. This had every capability as Silly Putty, including transferring newspaper print. Silly Putty wisely started advertising on TV early, leading to a much more successful run.

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