Category:
1970's

July 23, 2016

Smarty Pants



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"They call me smarty pants!"

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 23, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1970's,

July 20, 2016

The Black Godfather





FINALLY, a figure who can soothe these divisive times!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 20, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Movies, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970's,

July 14, 2016

Mystery Illustration 25

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Which male vocalist rocked this splendiferous jacket in 1978?

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 14, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Fashion, 1970's,

July 12, 2016

Pig Precinct

In 1972, the City Council of Ames, Iowa reprecincted the city in order to comply with new legislative district lines drawn by the Iowa Supreme Court. In doing so, they inadvertently created one precinct that had no residents in it — except for pigs, because the precinct was entirely occupied by the 15-acre Experimental Animal Disease Laboratory.

Ames has redistricted since 1972, so I'm assuming the pig precinct no longer exists.

Arizona Republic - Nov 4, 1972



The Pick And Axe (Bessemer, Michigan) - Aug 8, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 12, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Government, 1970's,

So Long, Pal



Disco-era DUI.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 12, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Motor Vehicles, PSA's, 1970's, Alcohol,

July 2, 2016

June 29, 2016

Williams-Dekker Piano-Teaching Computer

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This oddball hybrid technology seems to have vanished from history, as I can learn little about its fate after its 1970 launch.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 29, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Technology, 1970's,

June 27, 2016

Said no at altar

I guess that's why it's posed as a question. You don't have to say "I do."

Anyway, if you're 16, the correct response to a marriage request is 'No.' Unfortunately, it seems that Lois did end up getting married a week later, despite her initial reluctance.

The Ottawa Journal - May 1, 1971


Girl Says 'No' At the Altar
SIBSON, England (UPI) —Radiant and demure in white lace, Lois Elliott walked down the aisle on her father's arm as the organ intoned "Here Comes the Bride."
"Wilt thou," said Rev. Frank Best, "take this man to be thy lawfully wedded husband, to love and to cherish 'til death do you part?"
Lois, 16, smiled at Mr. Best, at her father and at the groom. "No," she said quietly. Then she turned and walked out of St. Botolph's Church.
Lois offered no immediate explanation for her change of heart. But her father, Barry Elliott, said he thought a chance remark by one of the groom's relatives "may have upset her."

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 27, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: 1970's, Weddings,

June 21, 2016

Late mail, postage due

1974: Roy Baker of Guthrie, Oklahoma received a Christmas card two years after it had been mailed. Because the price of a stamp had gone up between the time it was mailed and the time it was delivered, the post office decided there was postage due.

Baker wisely decided it was useless to argue with the post office and paid them the two cents they wanted.

Detroit Free Press - Apr 7, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 21, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: 1970's, Postal Services,

June 18, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #286



Lots of goofy stuff here.

First commercial: who's the publisher for that special Mom propaganda book?

Second and third commercials: love that trippy 2001: A Space Odyssey sequence as we fly thru the aspirin particles.

Fourth commercial: once upon a time, hairy chests were okay.

Fifth commercial: this woman has ingested so much iron that her bare feet are comfortable on metal stirrups.

Sixth and seventh commercials: life in a circus-acrobat household.

Eighth commercial: multivitamins promote blue balls.

Ninth commercial: children are iron-vampires.

Tenth and eleventh commercials: psychedelic scrumpcheroo!

Twelfth commercial: hey, a rerun! Or is this a flashback from dropping too many Chocks?

Thirteenth and fourteenth commercials: Charley Chocks, pusherman.

Fifteenth commercial: Chocks and chopsticks!

Sixteenth commercial: And you thought the Archies were too fake!

Seventeenth commercial: interplanetary Chocks colonialism!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 18, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Drugs, Psychedelic, Children, Elderly, 1960's, 1970's,

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