When you are young, Christmas is magical – well it seem’s magical. OK it is magical, only because you can’t see the strings. Some of the stocking fillers of the past wouldn’t be allowed in the shops these days, yet some of them aresurprisingly still around. We took them for granted – the same way we do a selection box for example. Most young children used to get chocolate ‘Smoking’ sets. Yes, lighters, cigarettes, cigars, pipe and other smoking paraphernalia – all made out of chocolate! Horrible chocolate, I may add. I have tried in vain to get a pic of these sets, but there doesn’t seem to be any to be found on the internet.
Presents were dolls and baking sets, toy ironing boards and stoves for the girls. Nothing like a good education is there? practise for your future career…. Weapons of some sort, and cars for the boys. The stereotyping had begun. As well as the smoking set we also got a tin of Bluebird toffees from Woolworth’s, which usually had a picture of a kitten on the front. Now, they were lovely creamy toffees. Unfortunately though, I could only find an image with a dog on (thanks to here)
Chocolate cigarettes with that sort of paper you can eat always went down well. It was commonplace to see young children with these in their mouths. I’m sure that advertising a certain cigarette as ‘cool as a mountain stream’ contributed to enhancing smoking’s image as being a ‘harmless relaxing passtime’ . The chocolate cigarettes are still available from eBay HERE or from HERE. The others (real ones) are still available (NOT HERE) lol!
Toy guns that fired caps were very popular. You could buy small round cardboard boxes with coils of caps in. Boys would put them underfoot and stamp. They were made of gunpowder! Imagine that – kids playing with gunpowder!!! They still make them too, (here) though they’ve probably been modified. Penknives were also popular then and were generally used by scouts in a responsible way. Not so now, according to this article. Exciting, yet innocent days eh