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pats81 - June 18th, 2010 03:27 GMT

I remember at truck stops when our family would drive down to Arkansas from Chicago. Truck stops used to have these novelty items that were supposed to be spanking paddles for kids. They would have humorous scenarios like a bear chasing a deer and a caption, "for the little deer with the bear behind." Get it? Of course, those items had disappeared by 1980 or so. I imagine they were somewhat nonPC even for those days. I remember them very clearly from truck stops, and also because my neighbor-friend from two blocks down used to get whacked with one. So much takcy stuff in wrestling mags, but I can't remember if they were there.
jeffg46703 - June 19th, 2010 21:51 GMT

I recall those of which you speak, a novelty item shaped like a hand called moms helping hand or dads helping hand. I think those were on sale as novelties or joke gifts at truck stops and highway oases.
First, I didn't know that parents really used them for disciplinary reasons, and second, I never remember them being in wrestling mags.
Wrestling mags had such high quality items as hairy chest pills, love dolls, and Count Dante's Deadliest Man Alive course, but no paddles. 
If a kid were a member of the Black Dragon Fighting Arts Society, I would assume that he would not be afraid to get paddled, anyway.
patrickthebassbash - June 21st, 2010 07:13 GMT
Edited by patrickthebassbash on June 21st, 2010 07:13 GMT

My Mom had the paddle from an old paddle ball game, remember those? It was a rubber ball attached by a rubber string to a wooden board. After the ball broke off, she used it as a disciplinary tool. We actually still have it here (I don't use it on my kids, though!), with the words "The Board Hurts" written on it in red ink by Mom herself! This one is from the 70's, and a lot thicker than the ones made these days.
welb60068 - June 26th, 2010 02:12 GMT

good old Mom's Helping Hand. My stepdad was partial to the belt, so I can't say if the helping hand hurt or not. I can imagine the outcry if those were sold today.
I also remember a wooden paddle that was shaped like a racquetball racket.It had holes in it. It was supposed to be for a tennis type of game for kiddies, but our gym coaches had other uses for it.

I don't rem. those from Apter mags, but I do remember the "Joe Weider karate Course" as if the bodybuilding guru knew kung fu, too.
jeffg46703 - June 29th, 2010 17:01 GMT

Really, Chicago to Arkansas. My family used to drive from Rockford, Illinois to vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. My father had a cousin who taught at a college in Joplin, Mo., so we would spend a few
days at the lake then head over to Joplin for a brief stay.
This was long before Branson MO became a big deal.
I well remember all of those novelty paddles and I would wonder if parents really bought them to use on their kids. I also remember some of my friends getting swatted with paddlball paddles and Hot Wheels tracks. I guess some moms would just grab whatever was on the floor and use it as a weapon.
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