Ever on the hunt to find things that capture my fancy that I might blog about them, I’ve discovered there’s some auspicious event just about every day. September 16th is the day to recognize that most famous modeling compound – Play-Doh. Play-Doh is a clay/dough-like substance children have been digging their little paws into since 1956.
The stuff has curious beginnings and that’s why I’m blogging about it today. Back in the 1930’s, an Ohio soapmaker designed the stuff to clean grimy wallpaper. The cleaning compound consisted of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil. Apparently it had a pleasant texture because it somehow wound up in a Cincinnati classroom where children used it as a modeling compound. The handwriting was now on the wall along with the grime. The cleaning product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950’s. Play-Doh’s rising star really took off in 1957 thanks to children’s television shows.
I remember playing with Play-Doh, though plasticine was always my clay of choice because your sculptures could have fine detail with it. I recall the old Play-Doh cans would be next to impossible to close after a while because the cardboard rim would collapse. That meant the next time you wanted to use it, it was a hard speckled blob in the can. And just like calamine lotion did for chickenpox, the scent of Play-Doh created an olfactory memory for me. It still smells the same.
For 100 days, I’m posting a little something from my chosen topic of Words & Quotes of Love. There are 84 more entries to come! Here’s one for today:
1. a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
2. luxurious; sensuous
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