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The real golden years
Doesn't seem that long ago.


That wooden toy locomotive.
The look on a kid's face when they get that first train set.
Or the look when it first runs around an oval on a makeshift plywood table.
The first whiff of the "fragrance" of ozone.

Great artwork like this kinda' captures some of it.

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Those are nice paintings. I can remember looking through store windows at all the toys. I grew up in a small town, and I don't recall seeing any trains in the displays. Probably cuz the stores were small and didn't have room for trains. I was into construction equipment toys then...Tonka and Nylint trucks. I got my first Lionel 027 train, I think, in 1954 or 55...I was 7 or 8 then.
 

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I remember Kresge's, W.T. Grant, and even drugstores had model trains in their display windows, and around Christmas time I'd have my face against the glass in awe and yearning.
 
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