As a child, in the 1950s, I always wanted a Dan Dare Space Control Radio Station. Two-way radio, morse key, morse decoder, searchlight, planet finder, everything a budding space cowboy could ever want. Every Christmas, there it was in the mail order catalogues, teasing me. Looking back from our technology heavy era the toy looks very quaint. Back then, with man on the brink of space travel, it was “the” must have toy. However, for me, it was never to be. My disappointment was always short lived as other gifts, such as the huge fort, home made by my dad, would overshadow and displace any thoughts of radio stations. Until the next time.
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Awww, sad for you that you never got your DD radio station, but happy for me that I did. I got this for combined birthday Christmas maybe 1959-60 , and I would have been around 8-9yrs old. I can remember being thrilled to bits with it. After laying out the intercom wires, I used to go into the broom cupboard (where the radio station was), in the kitchen and be able to talk to my mum and dad in the dining room; all of 20ft away, but of course it seemed like magic to be able to hear them without being able to see them. My uncle had been a telegraphist in the Navy during the war, so I was already very interested in Morse code and radio communications. This was right up my street. Looking back at these radio stations now, I realise how ‘simply’ they were made (cardboard rear cover for example), and how little there was in the way of real technology, but hey, what the station lacked was more than made up for by the fact that we could imagine. I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but I’m not sure many kids these days know how to do that.
Hi Mark, Thanks for visiting and for your comments. Pretty sure I didn’t suffer any long term scarring through not receiving one of these. I’m also pretty sure that the alternative prezzies I received provided plenty of stimulation of my imagination.
Cheers, Bob N.