|The picture shows three views around this Large Colorful Old Ralston & Company Novelty Toy Periscope. This toy periscope is not dated but it is believed to be from the 1950s. The toy was from Ralston & Company of Peoria, Illinois (no zip code). We do not know if Ralston cereals had used this as a mail away premium or if it was sold in stores. The periscope is made of a sturdy imprinted cardboard with red hard plastic ends with a mirror in each end. There are images all around the periscope showing many adventures that could be had with it. |
There are three images in color that look like old non sports trading cards. One ''UNDER WATER'' pictures a submarine, a battleship, and airplanes. One image ''ON LAND'' has two Army Soldiers on a battlefield, and one image has a rocketship and a flying saucer doing battle in space. Flying through the word ''Periscope'' is a spaceship with planets in the background. There are three more illustrations showing different uses of the periscope for ''Hours of imaginative fun for all children 4 to 14 years...''. These include ''Use in Snowball fights'' (boys behind a snow bank), ''Hide Behind Anything'' (boy and his dog), and ''Peek Around Corners, Trees'' (cowboy behind a tree).
It is also marked on the sides as follows:
SEE WITHOUT BEING SEEN WITH ...
A PRACTICAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE TOY
A NECESSITY FOR MODERN ADVENTURES
The periscope measures about 18'' x 2-5/8''. It appears to be in near mint to mint condition as pictured.