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post #1 of 19
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Those of you who grew up and went to school in the 1980's should know exactly what I'm talking about. I've been searching high and low on the internet for those cool spaceship erasers. I can't find them anywhere. They look like the ones in this picture:
http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/index.php?post_id=131570

There were so many cool "toy" erasers back then, not just the spaceships. The erasers available today pale in comparison to those beauties.
post #2 of 19
OMG - that brought back memories of when I collected erasers as a child. I had a favourite - a big strawberry that actually smelled like strawberries. Ahh..the memories!

I just did an image search and wow, I want to collect them again!

(I am a stationery freak so I love anything to do with that kind of thing!!)
post #3 of 19
Did you actually use the erasers for erasing, or did you just play with them?
I tried to use them, but they usually weren't very good for erasing.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
Did you actually use the erasers for erasing, or did you just play with them?
I tried to use them, but they usually weren't very good for erasing.
I played with mine and swapped them with friends.
post #5 of 19
I had those also.
I had all the space ones and the light bulbs.
I had the one that smelled like fruit.
I never used them to eras with.
I had a whole collection.
I had the car shaped erasers also.
To bad my brother tossed them.

post #6 of 19
Hahah omg! Now that brings back memories. I used to swap them with my friends as well, we were so cool with our awesome erasers lol. Thanks for the post.
post #7 of 19
A blast from the past We also used to collect the ones in the Fritos, he was the Frito Bandito guy, I still remember the song
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
Did you actually use the erasers for erasing, or did you just play with them?
I tried to use them, but they usually weren't very good for erasing.
We used them as toys and swapped them. I remember how poor they were as erasers, too.

If I recall correctly, they weren't cheap compared to a normal eraser (at least not for a a kid in the '80's).
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
Did you actually use the erasers for erasing, or did you just play with them?
I tried to use them, but they usually weren't very good for erasing.
I loved novelty earasers! But you are right...they didn't erase very well!

My advice is to try eBay. You can buy pretty much anything there.
post #10 of 19
Yes! It was a worldwide trend to collect rubbers then I was really jelous of my best friend when we were 9 because she had a whole ice cream tub full and I had one Oh happy days! I loved the smelly ones
post #11 of 19
I loved those novelty erasers too! My favorite rom childhood was an oversized E.T. fruit-scented eraser. I was devastated when his head broke off.

You can still find novelty erasers from the Oriental Trading Company catalog/website or Ebay, of course.
post #12 of 19
I had some similar ones! I still have many of them too. Most of mine were tiny. I remember the school had a cart that would come around every so often and you could buy school supplies there; but they had different erasers too. Gosh I loved those things!
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus View Post
OMG - that brought back memories of when I collected erasers as a child. I had a favourite - a big strawberry that actually smelled like strawberries. Ahh..the memories!

....

(I am a stationery freak so I love anything to do with that kind of thing!!)
I had a strawberry one too, and a banana one....oh and an apple

Love stationery/notepads/stickers/pens/etc myself.
post #14 of 19
I had those spaceship ones as a child too (along with many others.) I also collected stationery and stickers as a kid (especially Lisa Frank.)

I bought a really adorable eraser a few years ago at a Japanese toy store. It looks like a tiny piece of strawberry-topped cake:

post #15 of 19
OMG! I remember having novelty erasers as a kid...the smell was a bit off but we loved playing with them instead of using them for their real purpose.

I had one shaped like a cow....shame it's head broke off.
post #16 of 19
I was a 90s child, but remember erasers like those!
post #17 of 19
Y'know, they make a type of polymer clay now that dries to become an eraser -- you can make any shape you want! I've seen it at Hobby Lobby, but I don't recall the name...
post #18 of 19
I seem to remember getting those from the dentist...and mine lived in my dollhouse!
post #19 of 19
OMG, that brings back memories of my younger years! And I didn't even grow up in the '80s! I was born in 1989, but I remember trading and "stealing" them from my neighbor across the street when I lived in Florida. I don't remember exactly how old I was, but since I was born in Florida it was between the ages of 0-6. I remember bringing those Lisa Frank erasers to grade school, in the shapes/pictures of animals.

There's a store within 10 minutes of my house called Merchandise Outlet that carries those. I think I've seen the lightbulb ones there. If ya go to Cudahy, WI you'll be able to get them!

Wow, love those memories... I'm gonna go reminisce now

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