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Gaylord the Pup from Ideal (1962)


Long before Sony’s AIBO robotic dog hit the scene, Ideal released Gaylord the Pup, a mechanical pet. Gaylord hit store shelves in late 1962, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Made of rigid plastic, Gaylord is 23-inches long and 7-inches high. He is painted to resemble a Bassett Hound, complete with sad eyes and droopy ears made of brown felt. A heavy-duty motor that operates on 4 D-cell batteries is embedded within his body.

Gaylord’s movements are controlled by attaching and gently tugging on his leash. When activated, he can walk slowly backward and forwards and even make his way up a shallow incline or two. Gaylord is also able to pick up and carry a plastic bone in his mouth, thanks to a hidden magnet.

The toy’s packaging doubles as a dog house, allowing him to be suitably stored when not in use.

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