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Clackers

Clackers are toys which were popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They consisted of two 2 cm, hard balls suspended on string which were swung up and down so they banged against each other, making a clacking sound. Clackers are similar in appearance to the Argentinian weapons, bolas.

They are formed out of two hard plastic balls, each about two cm in diameter, attached to a tab with a sturdy string. The player holds the tab, with the balls hanging below. Through a gentle up-and-down hand motion, the two balls swing apart and back together, making the clacking noise that give the toy its name. With practice, it is possible to make the balls swing so that they knock together above the hand as well as below.

4 Comments to Clackers

  1. I remember a little girl bringing these to school one day back in the dim mists of time and she was able to do the up and down clacking trick.
    Seems like the things were taken out of stores not long after presumably because the hard plastic balls would shatter but I never heard of or saw a case of that happening.
    I can imagine what would happen if a kid had these in a school today

  2. Neil R on August 25th, 2011
  3. I believe you are right. I was pretty young when my grandparents got me some of these and it wasn’t long before my mom took them away.

  4. UrbanPossum on September 16th, 2011
  5. They were also called Kerbangers. The trick was to get them going back and forth without getting hit in the head.

  6. Total Kunt on October 1st, 2011
  7. What I remember about these is seeing them hanging from telephone wires and power lines.

  8. sbk on November 14th, 2011

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