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1970's

Frog Fancier

Archie Beesley, frog fancier, liked to eat them live. Just like oysters, he said, they helped with "cleaning out the stomach."



Source: The Ottawa Journal — Jul 15, 1970
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 03, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, 1970's

Getting Off on the Right Foot



This anonymous fellow, despite resembling Archie Bunker, is my new hero for sensible competence. His tolerance for falling is awesome. This is definitely not one of those exercises in boredom.

Should I ever become a hobo and take to riding the rails, I will owe any success to him.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 27, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: PSA's, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, 1970's

The Nude Vampire



As you might expect from the title, this trailer contains a small amount of mild chestal exposure, more-or-less consistent with the tamest of HBO programs.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Paranormal, 1970's

Film critic who got it wrong


In the Nov 7, 1977 issue of New York magazine, Bill Flanagan reviewed Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He hated it, and he was certain that everyone else was going to hate it too, predicting it would be "a colossal flop" and almost gleefully forecasting financial disaster for Columbia Pictures as a result, since they had bet heavily on the movie's success. He dismissed the fact that everyone else in the pre-screening he attended seemed to like it, noting, "When you give people free tickets to a movie, most of them are nice enough not to bitch."

Flanagan, of course, couldn't have been more wrong. As wikipedia notes:

"Upon its release, Close Encounters became a box office success, grossing $116.39 million in North America and $171.7 million in foreign countries, totaling $288 million. It became Columbia Pictures' most successful film at that time... Ray Bradbury declared it the greatest science fiction film ever made. Based on 46 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 96% ("Certified Fresh") of the reviewers have enjoyed the film and the site's consensus states "Close Encounters' most iconic bits (the theme, the mashed-potato sculpture, etc.) have been so thoroughly absorbed into the culture that it's easy to forget that its treatment of aliens as peaceful beings rather than warmongering monsters was somewhat groundbreaking in 1977."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 10, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Movies, 1970's

Wonder Woman Roller Skates

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These are triple-distilled nightmare fuel. How could a kid enjoy skating with a baleful Wonder Woman glaring up at the wearer like Mad Max as hood ornament?

I can only hope that these toys are re-released in conjunction with BATMAN V SUPERMAN next year.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Horror, Toys, Superheroes, 1970's

Love’s Baby Soft, 1975 Commercial

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 31, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Video, Advertising, 1970's

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter

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Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.

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Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia

Chris Burden, RIP



No, famous conceptual artist Chris Burden did not die by gunshot wound.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 12, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Guns, 1960's, 1970's

Hippies Dig Coloring Books

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I wish cartoonist Gill Fox were still alive, so I could ask him what constituted an "Establishment coloring book."

Source.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Children, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's

Star Wars and Taylor Wines

This 1978 marketing video starts off as a homage to Star Wars and then bizarrely segues into wine sales. Around 5 minutes in, the C-3PO character starts disco dancing.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 08, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Video, 1970's
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