Making Your Own Toys

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Do It Yourself (DIY) is of course not new.  One of the supreme joys of my childhood was making my own toys.
  That was why I got a kick out of finding these  D.I.Y. books from the early 20th century.  

I can still remember making a little tanks that actually rolled across the room thanks to an empty spool of thread, a pencil and some rubber band power (see below).  My friends and I also made a cannon that, with a broken piece of lead, a rolled up cap gun cap, a match and a used up ball point pen cartridge, could successfully fire a piece of broken lead.  The sharp point would travel for about 6 feet.  I tried to find a picture but apparently no one was ever insane enough to replicate what may have been our singular contribution to the toy military industrial complex.

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