Wednesday, January 16, 2008

One afternoon in 1988

Remember these?

This tube of gluey muck would make a big bubble, or balloon -- it was kind of something in-between -- that you could bat around for a few minutes to a couple hours (rarely. If you got lucky), until it wore out. In 1988, I was wandering around my apartment complex with my Christmas camera and there was kid playing with the stuff. It still existed! It's undoubtedly a medically or environmentally hazardous thing of the past now, but this kid was making some great bubbles. This one was a good 18 inches in diameter!


I keep looking at this picture, wondering: where's the seam? SuperBubbles always had a seam or at least a pinch-off point and I don't see one on this. So I could be wrong. It could have been a soap bubble. A pretty impressive one, and I still love this picture!


Sherwood Harrington said...

Bots like you, Ruth, they really, really like you!

Cool bubble, too.

Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

8~) Yup.

"Computer: end bot subroutine."

Sherwood Harrington said...

... and now we see the benefit of the "squiggly letters" annoyance. Not bad enough for me to re-instate it yet, or you, too, evidently.

Mike said...

I suppose it's a sign of age that, when I look at that picture, the next thing I expect to see is Patrick McGoohan waking up in his apartment back in The Village.