Christmas Morning, Circa 1962: Marx Operation Moon Base Play Set

I think he’s holding a coonskin hat! And you know he’s just dying to get the pictures over with so he can try out that sweet sled.

Marx Toys’ Operation Moon Base was released in 1962, the year John F. Kennedy gave his now legendary moon speech:

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? […]

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency […]

Marx Operation Moon Base

Marx Operation Moon Base-2

(Image sources: Darrin’s Photoclique and Time Warp Toys)

4 Responses to “Christmas Morning, Circa 1962: Marx Operation Moon Base Play Set”

  1. 1 Bill December 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    What a great image! That could’ve been me on Christmas morning, 1962 when I got my Operation Moon Base Set. It was always my favorite Marx playset.

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