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Space Commander Walkie Talkies from Remco (1950s)

Ads for the Space Commander Walkie Talkie sets often touted the toy’s ability to transmit voices with “unbelievable clarity and volume.”

What do you get when you combine a pair of gussied-up cup-and-string telephones with some creative packaging? The Space Commander Walkie Talkie set from Remco! Aside from being routinely re-colored, re-packaged, and re-labeled, the sets have remained largely the same throughout the years.

Each walkie-talkie was roughly 3.75-inches tall, made entirely of plastic, with a small antenna on the top. The antenna was purely for aesthetics, as the communication capability of the two cups was facilitated by a spool of twine included in the package. Once a line was tied to both walkie-talkies and pulled tight, the physics of sound waves took over to transmit one’s voice to another standing 12 to 15 feet away.

Sure, your voice could likely carry that distance unaided – that wasn’t the point! The walkie-talkie sets were cool, retro (by today’s standards), and fun.

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