Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Timeless Toy Treasures

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Timeless Toy Treasures

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Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT

Every Christmas has its trendy toy, but dolls, trucks, wagons and bikes endure. We asked readers to send in long-ago photographs of themselves with classic toys and share their memories.

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Photo provided by MICHELE ROWLAND

AFTER A VISIT FROM ST. NICK

The Rogers children (from left), Joe, Pat, Tim, Michele, Karen and Kim (on trike) ranged in age from 2 to 9 in 1968. They lived in Woodbury, N.J., and the sled slightly visible on the left got a lot of use. "Our presents were never wrapped," Michele said. "That's because we didn't get gifts from our parents. Everything was from Santa himself. I still do that with my kids." Michele Rowland lives in Fernandina Beach now. Her sister, Kim Rogers, lives in Atlantic Beach.

Photo provided by SHIRLEY THOMPKINS

WISHES FULFILLED

Ariyani Thompkins of Jacksonville (above) calls her Cabbage Patch Doll "La La." Her grandmother, Shirley Thompkins, bought the doll 26 years ago. "I was pregnant and sort of wishing for a girl," she said. Shirley had four sons, but she saved the doll. When her granddaughter, Aryiani, was born in 2006, Shirley presented her with the doll. Cabbage Patch dolls were a must-have toy during the 1980s. Parents and grandparents such as Thompkins keep the doll's popularity alive through the desire to introduce the next generation to playthings from their own childhoods.

Photo provided by MARTIN TSCHESCHE

THEN AND NOW

Martin Tschesche was 8 years old when this photo was taken in 1957 at his family's home in Germany. The oldest of eight children, he came to the United States 31 years ago with one thought in mind: to see New York. He is now a U.S. citizen and lives on Dunns Creek near the Dames Point bridge. "I loved any toys like trucks or tractors or trains that had wheels," he recalled. "I also remember my Erector Set. . . . I guess that paid off." Tschesche designs and manufactures machines that produce metal supplies, such as wall studs, for the construction industry.

Photo provided by RICK COVEY

VROOM, VROOM

Rick Covey got his first car in 1957. …

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