As a kid, I spent a lot of time with Changeable Charlie’s Aunt.  This rotating block face wood puzzle makes a megamonstrous 4,194,304 different faces. In 1952, some laugh-launchingly clever pixies mathematicians at the Gaston Manufacturing Company created this toy, a bit of whimsy that helped cement a generation.  (I wonder if they still send ‘postal cards‘.)


The blocks are removed by poking in the holes on the bottom of the box.  You rotate them to change the face.  A mere 11 wood blocks ~ paper sides, different face parts ~ continue to attract and distract me in my Boomer years.

Want your own vintage Changeable Charlie’s Aunt game?

Want to make her laugh, cry, glare, or stare? 


Time keeps running out


on my brow, from playing

…………………………………………….Jack Kerouac

Toni 5/17/16


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