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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Once upon a time in the '50s -'60s there was a popular drink tablet that fizzed when placed in water. FIZZIES® were invented by the Emerson Drug Company. The idea derived from scientists working with chemical formulas similar to "Bromo Seltzer" and wondering if a fun, fruit flavored drink could be developed the same way.

"Wouldn't it be grand if we could drop a tablet in a glass of water and have an instant soda pop?" After long hard work, they finally figured out how to combine the right combinations of fruit flavoring, sweetener, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (a substance that is much like baking soda) into a magical tablet that when dropped into water, turned water into an instant sparkling, effervescent fruit drink! 

Fizzies were made in grape, cherry, orange, punch, berry, lemon-lime, and root beer flavors and 8 tablets cost 19 cents. Unfortunately Fizzies contained the sugar substitute cyclamate. In 1968 the FDA banned the use of cyclamates citing research showing that cyclamates caused cancer in laboratory animals and the company went out of business.

They returned in the mid-1990s containing NutriSweet, a substitute 200 times sweeter than sugar. A new company purchased the formula and reintroduced them to the market in 1995. It was short lived because the company went out of business and the entire inventory was gone by late 2001.

And now, in 2006 Fizzies are available again. The fun, effervescent drink tablet made popular in the 50’s & 60’s has returned! Whether you're a genuine kid or simply a kid at heart, now you can enjoy the crisp, refreshing drink that everybody loves to make! 

I totally remember Fizzies, especially the grape flavor.  Seems like my sister liked the root beer flavor.
The next "story" I found online with the Fizzies info....

I remember when I discovered Fizzies and thought I had found the ultimate in candy. It was the early 60's and I was 12. I was amazed how you could just pop a small flavored disk into water and all of a sudden a sweet drink appeared before your eyes. To me it had to be magic. My dad would take me to the store and with my 50 cents allowance I would buy as much as I could to share with my sisters and friends. We all would giggle with anticipation waiting for the water to turn into a sweet and delicious drink.

My dad was sent to Vietnam and I insisted that we send him some Fizzies in his care package, even though my mom was not quite sure about the appropriateness. She brought me to the store though, I bought some with my allowance and lovingly packed them in the box. To this day he still says that it was the Fizzies which brought him home safely as he knew there was someone special he had to come home to. ~ Laurie from MS


Do you know what a cap gun is?  This info was taken from Wikipedia;

A cap gun is a toy gun that creates a loud sound akin to a gunshot and a puff of smoke when the trigger is pulled. Cap guns were originally made of cast iron, but after World War II were made of zinc alloy, and most newer models are made of plastic.

Cap guns became especially popular when the heroes of cinema and television rode through the West ridding the territories of villains. Many cap guns were named after or endorsed by leading matinee idols like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Tonto, Dale Evans, Marshal Matt Dillon, or any of countless others.
The "Golden Age" of cap guns was after World War II when television became popular and such companies as Nichols Industries, Hubley, Kenton, Kilgore, Wyandotte, Classy, Mattel, Actoy, Esquire, George Schmidt, and Stevens made millions of cap guns in various versions. While many had their names patterned after a hero or heroine, many cap guns also were named "Stallion 45", "Pony", "Mustang", "Pioneer", "Cowboy", "Texan", "Colt 45", "Rodeo", and such.

From the end of the war until about 1965, children all over the world emulated their heroes and collected and played with these toy guns. However, when the Western television shows began to fade away and the heroes retired, the popularity of the toy guns also diminished and eventually all of the famous cap gun manufacturers either sold out to other toy companies or started manufacturing other types of toys.

Ring cap guns are usually modeled after revolver pistols, with the cap ring placed in the cylinder section of the toy gun. Like its real-world counterpart, when the trigger is pulled, the cylinder rotates a new cap into place, the hammer is drawn back, and then released; the shock causes the cap to explode harmlessly, producing the noise and smoke.

Strip or paper cap guns use the aforementioned cap strip in lieu of the cap ring. As in the ring style of gun, each pull of the trigger advances the cap strip forward, pulls back the hammer, and then strikes the cap.

When I was a little girl I had a cap gun.  It didn’t get used too much.  I should have kept it; probably would have been worth a fortune.  Oh, the reason for lack of use was after the first time I pulled the trigger and it made its gun sound and then smoked…I was forever after afraid of it!  Who’d have thought I would have grown up to own a 308 Winchester! (And  yes, I fired it quite often…but to this day, I DO NOT like to shoot hand guns!)

Did you have a Batman water gun??  NO?!!!  This is what this particular gun looked like.  Keep your mind out of  the gutter…

And besides the Batman water gun, there were all kinds of other Batman paraphernalia, from lunch boxes to floats for swimming…again, keep your mind out of the gutter, but DO check out where the blow up valve is for this thing….I guess it would also be the relief or release valve too??

Boy, you can tell I’m having withdrawal symptoms. My beloved laptop just left to get more RAM and have a check up.  I won’t see it till sometime next week.  I sure hope by Tuesday!

Enjoy the day! 


  1. Okay, so you post something like a blow up doll and then tell me to get my mind out of the gutter - dang woman!! lol
    'love & hugs from afar'

  2. If you are down Kenton, Ohio way, please stop by the Hardin County Museum to see our collection of Gene Autry cap guns.
    The Gene Autry cap pistol was made here at the Kenton Hardware Company. Gene visited Kenton in 1938.

    Director, Hardin County Museums

  3. Gary H / Battle Creek5:53 PM

    Howdy, howdy.....the second item isn't Batman but Wolverine of the X-Men. I used to have the two holster set of "Fanner 50" cap guns plus other cheaper ones.....wore out quite a few....LOL. The squirt gun I have seen in Spiderman and Superman versions too. And ROOTBEER was my favorite flavor of Fizzies too.

  4. Gary, I didn't think that looked like Batman so thanks for the clarification. It even makes MORE sense now with the location of the plug...a member of the X-men!!

    Jasper, I had no idea there was such a place. Thanks for the info!!

    Cher, It was a difficult choice to make, huh??


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