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Things we enjoyed as kids in Poland

OP pgtx 30 | 3,156
1 Oct 2010 #121
old school jokes...heh? ;)

Słuchacze pytają: Czy to prawda,że na Placu Czerwonym rozdają samochody. Radio Erewań odpowiada: tak, to prawda, ale nie samochody, tylko rowery, nie na Placu Czerwonym, tylko w okolicach dworca Warszawskiego i nie rozdają, tylko kradną.
plk123 8 | 4,148
10 Mar 2011 #122
Things we enjoyed as kids in Poland

those tiny little toy soldiers.. i haven't seen any since i left PL..
isthatu2 4 | 2,702
10 Mar 2011 #124
lols,after 25 years and about a dozen house moves I still find myself standing barefoot on some damm miniture grenadier guardsman every now and again :)
Havok 10 | 912
10 Mar 2011 #125
I was fascinated with the show called "Sonda". I’ve heard that those two guys from the show died in a car accident. Someone told me they were drunk out of their minds when it happened.

I can't remember their faces, but I watch myth busters, so that's how I picture them in my mind now.


When I was 9 or so, my buddy and I found a bottle of vodka hidden in the bushes. We didn’t know what to do with it so we took it to a solder that was standing watch at the military training field (poligon).

We've asked him if there is anything that he could give us in exchange for it. He replied that he would let us shoot his gun....

We said: sweet!

My bud and I shot AK47 when we were 9. Lol…
Talking about children of war, yup I was a little havoc back than.
simonfla 4 | 11
11 Mar 2011 #126
on behalf of my the early 1990's i went absolutely mental for all the chinese cartoons on channel Polonia1. thanks to Dajmos all my barbies had wings cut out from cardboard stuck to their backs! (Lucynka)
OP pgtx 30 | 3,156
11 Mar 2011 #127
a bottle of vodka hidden in the bushes. We didn’t know what to do with it

are you saying that you didn't even try it?
Havok 10 | 912
11 Mar 2011 #128
My dad would kill me if i did lol, i had to be back home before 6PM
OP pgtx 30 | 3,156
11 Mar 2011 #129
he would it even smell it, if you had many Donald's bubble gum.... remember those? ;)
Havok 10 | 912
11 Mar 2011 #130
Yeah, i do remember those, the smell of it more. I don't remember the taste cuz we couldn't afford it that often. At least my family. I got a few for my fist communion and an electronic wrist watch with that. sh1t was booming back than.
OP pgtx 30 | 3,156
29 Mar 2011 #131
do you remember FRUGO?
i guess, it will be back on market...
Calabrien - | 20
29 Mar 2011 #132
do you remember FRUGO?

I really liked them :D
OP pgtx 30 | 3,156
29 Mar 2011 #133
me too... i wonder if it would taste right now as i remember it... the first cool energy drink/juice in Polandia ... :)
boletus 30 | 1,366
15 Jul 2011 #134
Poland's past - holiday hits: skates, saturators, plastic trumpets

Who remembers a saturator with carbonated water or a stall with decorative replicas of a shepherd's axe, outside a railway station? And orange soda in a plastic bag? Or a group of kids from a summer camp in line for a big mac?

Gifts, toys and holiday fun. They reflect the trends of their times. Most of them disappear from kiosks, drawers, and our memory. They are being chased away by time, new inventions, subsequent fashions and tastes.

Photo gallery at,2,

With Polish captions translated to English below:

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CIUPAGAS - Decorative replicas of a shepherd's axe - an eternal reminder of your holiday in Zakopane. Krakow's Cub Scouts waiting for a train to take them home. The end of 1938 holiday.

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HULA-HOOP entered Poland in late 50s of 20th century. A girl photographed in June 1981, Biała Podlaska.

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SHOOTING GALLERY (a little risky) with prizes: plastic flowers, lollipops, cigarettes, chewing gum, photographs of stars. You could get them, shooting with air rifles. "Targ Węglowy" (Coal Market) in Gdansk, June 1979

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PLAYING POSTCARDS. A post card, which was also a single record, to be played back on the gramophone "Bambino". The Anglo-Saxon pop stars would be very surprised, knowing the volumes of sales of their records in Poland.

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Syphon with carbonated water - A summer attraction of parties at home, but also in restaurants at railway stations. Required filling in at special filling stations, such as this one in the 60s of 20th century. Later, gas cartridges were introduced.

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SODA SATURATOR - a trolley on wheels, serving sparkling water in two ways: "clean" and "with juice." Although the glass was pinkish, but the trace amount of juice did not allow any identification of its taste. Spraying the glass with cold water meant washing it.

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Orangeade - an attraction for children, drunk straight from the bottle with a ceramic cap. The other type - a tin cap - could be used to play cyclists. Festival in Przodkowo, Kashubia, May 1975

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First orange sodas in plastic bag appeared in the 80s. Not to be confused with orange powder eaten "dry." Pictured are the bottles of orangeade "retro" during festival celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 election.

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SKATES - later dethroned by rollers and skateboards. Asphalt roadway or granite sidewalk were best for the ride. Gdańsk, 1974.

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Rubik's Cube attacked us in the early 80s. During 1982 and 83 vacations one had to master the "systems" of stacking. Otherwise, the gadget has remained enchanted and disarranged forever.

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Radio-cassette recorder - the holiday basis for listening and distribution of (not just independent) music from a weekly Saturday Hit List radio program ("Lista Przebojów Trójki"). Pictured - recording a concert in Jarocin (with improvised external power supply). July 1986.

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SKATEBOARDS appeared in Poland rather sheepishly in the 80s (carried by seamen), but over time they become part of the urban subculture. Stairs under the castle in Szczecin, 2003.

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INFLATABLE TOYS return to favor every summer. Ranging from automotive inner tubes, by the twentieth century rubber "lifebuoys" for children, to today's fancy and colorful animals.

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Motorboat pulled banana ride. The basic sounds and views, to which Polish beach sunbathers are exposed since mid-90s The beach in Gdansk, 2006.

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WATER SCOOTERS and QADS showed up only in the 90s. The machines, rented by the hour, beautifully manifest the presence of our fellow countrymen on holiday. Ah, those unfashionable walkers, cyclists and kayakers!

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A PLASTIC TRUMPET was a hit of the year 2004. We forgot about it quickly, until the World Cup in South Africa, where its big brother "wuwuzela" deafened spectators - visitors from outside Africa.

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PORTABLE CONSOLE - a PSP, a former Russian "Wolf and Hare", can convert a trip - or even every stop on the tour - into an electronic battle space.

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Drawing chalk and hopscotch is a surprisingly vital gadget. We should be pleased of it, because it is the most creative toy from the today's review of the holiday toys. And after the rain you can draw again:)
AsiaKasia - | 2
15 Jul 2011 #135
I remember they had this juice-type thing in a plastic bag, when we'd visit the sea (Bałtyk, Chałupy). I do remember the gum, but I'm not sure where we bought it. The Pewex didn't carry it, I don't think. The worst was probably "ciepłe lody" that my mom would bring home sometimes.

Even though I stood in those lines with my mom to get bread and sugar and butter, I remember those times fondly.
skysoulmate 14 | 1,295
15 Jul 2011 #136
I remember the Piko train set my dad brought home one day, he said it was for me but I'm not so sure, he played with it more than I did. :)

The train set looked sort of like this:
And the power controller looked exactly like this:
Marynka11 4 | 676
15 Jul 2011 #137
I remember the Piko train set my dad brought home one day, he said it was for me but I'm not so sure, he played with it more than I did. :)

Cute. My brothers wanted a train like that, but they were so hard to get. So they never got one. When I visited my older brother a couple of years ago he had a huge train set installed "for his son".

How old were you when you left Poland?
milky 13 | 1,657
15 Jul 2011 #138
And the power controller looked exactly like this:

same in Eire
skysoulmate 14 | 1,295
15 Jul 2011 #139
He bought it when he went to DDR, I think he bribed someone to get a chance to tag along on a company sponsored trip to this "international" destination. :)

Some 20 years ago my dad went all the way, the entire attic in the house was a huge train set, I think he had more than 100 trains, tiny road crossings with blinking lights, automatic rail switch stations, hundreds of tiny and pretty accurate models of people, cars, horses, dogs, etc., you name and it was probably there. Yeah, he bought that first train for me, riiight... ;)

About 5 years ago he donated the entire set to a children section in a Stockholm hospital, I'm not sure what they did with it.

How old were you when you left Poland?

Hadn't filled 8 yet...
OP pgtx 30 | 3,156
3 Aug 2011 #140
check THIS (Born in PRL) out! :)

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