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Memories of safe toys and one tall sliding board (Hudson's Corner)

On a recent trip to our childhood beach, my sister and I recalled our uber-cautious parents. We were never allowed on roller coasters or Ferris wheels, save the children's wheels with cages. We were not allowed in swimming pools until years after the Salk vaccine was introduced. And they enacted their own child-safety measures, far stricter than what the government does now. The net effect was some odd-looking toys for the Hudson sisters. We knew we were lucky to have generous parents and grandparents who indulged us, but our toys often were talking points among our friends. First toys usually are stuffed animals. The button eyes on ours were instantly removed. Our parents saw...

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