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King Kandy

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There's always something new going on here at the American Treasure Tour - new additions to the collection arrive pretty regularly. Earlier this month, a life-sized figure came in adorned in the colorful colors of royalty.  HIs name is King Kandy and he strands over five feet tall and rules over the land of Candy Land. 

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Candy Land was introduced to the world when convalescing polio victim Eleanor Abbott, stuck in the hospital in San Diego, came up with the idea and tried it out on the kids she shared the polio ward with.  That was in 1949, before medical pioneer Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine. With the encouragement of the kids, Abbott submitted her game idea to the Milton Bradley Company, which at the time manufactured mostly school supplies.  It quickly became Milton Bradley's biggest seller, and put them in league with their biggest competitor, Parker Brothers. The game has proven timeless as an aid to young development.  There's no strategy involved, which makes it simple and straightforward. When Hasbro purchased Milton Bradley in 1984, they added a storyline and characters to the game. That is likely when King Kandy came along - the jolly and full-figured resident of a castle made of sweets. Nowadays, King Kandy has to compete with such more-famous characters as Winnie The Pooh, Dora the Explorer, and SpongeBob, all of whom have their own versions of Candy Land on the market as well.  

A.A. & e.e.

Do you believe that on this date 88 years ago Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne was first published?  By the way Mr. Milne's first and second names are, Alan Alexander.

 

House at Pooh Corner was first performed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970 but best known by the Loggins & Messina recording on their 1971 album Sittin' In.

House at Pooh Corner was first performed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970 but best known by the Loggins & Messina recording on their 1971 album Sittin' In.

Did you know that Jim Messina was also a member of POCO and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD and among the instruments he plays is a guitar, mandolin, and dobro.  Doh Bro, what is a dobro?

THIS IS A DOBRO!  read more about it here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobro

THIS IS A DOBRO!  read more about it here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobro

Buffalo Springfield's huge hit was:

For What It's Worth from 1967 ... written by Stephen Stills.  This song is currently ranked #63 on the Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Another great song from 1967 is  The Who's, I Can See for Miles and Miles...and speaking of miles and miles.  Did you know people come from miles around to see the treasures at the American Treasure Tour?  

Here is just ONE of those treasures that you just have to come and see:

Our 18 foot long doll house just installed in the music room.  What a gorgeous beauty it is and you can learn more about this new addition when you come to visit us.  Speaking of visits ... it is time to visit today's birthday highlight:  On this date in 1894, this poet and author was born.  Who is he?

Our 18 foot long doll house just installed in the music room.  What a gorgeous beauty it is and you can learn more about this new addition when you come to visit us.

Speaking of visits ... it is time to visit today's birthday highlight:  On this date in 1894, this poet and author was born.  Who is he?

If you guessed e.e. cummings you were correct.   We will leave you today with a quote from Edward Estlin Cummings ...

 

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. e.e. cummings
— BrainyQuote