Retroist Shrinky Dinks Podcast
Welcome to the 1st episode of the 15th season of the Retroist Podcast. I debated what to lead off with this season and decided this very memorable but often overlooked craft-toy needed some attention.
I begin the episode talking about how and where I often got Shrinky Dinks as a kid, my fear of using an oven, and how Shrinky Dinks were a useful tool in conquering that fear.
Then I move onto the Shrinky Dinks I discuss how they were created, their peak decade, their decline, and how they managed to make a turnaround and survive in modern times. Along the way I play some retro audio, talk about the science behind them, and much more.
The history of Shrinky Dinks has a great start with two moms who saw the magic in shrinking plastic and turned it into a phenomenon. It was a fun subject that swept me off my feet. Really happy to lead off the new season with this subject.
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A brand-new season starts today!
I am experimenting a little with this episode. I decided to use the podcast as the basis for a post and to have the post re-inform the podcast. So this podcast will come out at the same time as a post and a newsletter about Shrinky Dinks. So people can enjoy it in different ways.
I had a longer list of Shrinky Dinks I was going to include. I even thought about trying to do something with metagirl on this one, but the list wasn’t very beefy.
Removed two commercials. What I had is enough.
I tried to get a Shrinky Dink Maker before recording this episode, but couldn’t get a good deal.
It still feels wrong putting plastic in the oven.
Hope my science part is decent enough. I tried to be as simple as possible with the description. If you wanted more science, you have come to the wrong podcast.
Cut out a short section on pricing over the years. Mostly because I wasn’t happy with how the recording came out during that part.
Music on the show is, as always, by Peachy.
Thanks for listening to the show and I hope you have a great weekend.