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Maybe this will spur a memory or two

I've been wondering about something, and perhaps you can help me.

If you are old enough to remember being a little kid who clomped around in small cowboy boots, you might also remember toy spurs.

I guess the idea was that a 6-year-old saddle tramp would feel more authentic if he jingle-jangle-jingled as he headed out the back door to rejoin the cattle drive.

Here's my question: Were those things a menace or what?

I honestly don't remember (and a Google image search doesn't really clear it up).

It stands to reason that the makers of toy spurs would have been aware of the need to make them safe for children's use. But the era I'm recalling featured cars with steel dashboards and javelin-like yard darts, so who is to say that spurs for kids necessarily would have been harmless little affectations.

Chances are, though, they probably weren't all that dangerous.

After all, adults of that era might have been slow to recognize certain potential risk factors. But they were all over the need to protect the furniture.  

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