People mention school paddles of old, but also parents using paddles. Were such implements (specific to corporal punishment) sold in stores in decades gone by?
(In France, until the 1980s martinets, a kind of flogger, were openly on sale in certain stores, with intended use for spanking children. Later, hypocritically, they were sold for allegedly disciplining dogs. I've not seen any on sale in stores since perhaps 2005.)