Category:
1970s

Follies of the Madmen #429



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 16, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1970s

Mystery Illustration 82

Who, when, where, wha?

The answer is here. Or after the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 07, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: 1970s

Playskool Play ‘n’ Learn Computer

Same hardware that took Apollo to the moon!



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 01, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Toys, Computers, 1970s

The Bigfoot Cookbook

Created by Jean and Boyd Brougher of Salem, Oregon in 1978. The cookbook came with a giant-footprint baking pan.

Some of the recipes are below. They seem pretty generic. The only thing that makes them Bigfoot recipes is that they're supposed to be cooked in the footprint pan.

Amazon has a listing for the Bigfoot Cookbook, but notes that it's currently unavailable. And even if it were available, it no longer includes the pan (which, I'm sure, is probably considered a prize collectible among Bigfoot enthusiasts).

Jean and Boyd Brougher show off their cookbook.



Statesman Journal - Feb 28, 1979



Posted By: Alex - Fri May 31, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Cryptozoology, Food, 1970s

Banana Candle

From the Australian Food History Timeline:

The National Library of Australia has this publication [Be Bold with Bananas] dated at 1972, although other sources are less certain of the date. This book, distributed in Australia by the Banana Growers Association, is a collector’s item. It’s best known for the infamous Banana Candle recipe – essentially a banana inserted vertically in a pineapple ring, drizzled with mayonnaise and topped with a slice of cherry.





Apparently the Banana Candle has a bit of a cult following. YouTube offers modern-day attempts to create and sample it.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 29, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, 1970s

Time Travel to 1978



Posted By: Paul - Fri May 24, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Television, Advertising, 1970s

The Mayonnaise Lady

In 1973, UC Davis fired Doris Judd from her job as a sandwich maker in the school's cafeteria, citing her "failure to spread mayonnaise to the edges of sandwich bread." Her supervisors also complained that she was slow putting sauerkraut on hot dogs, and had once made too many sloppy joes, which then had to be thrown out.

Judd subsequently sued the university for unlawful termination, arguing that the real reason she was fired was because the university was trying to save money by eliminating older workers. In the ensuing media coverage, she was nicknamed the "Mayonnaise Lady."

The judge agreed with her, remarking that the charges against her seemed "trivial" and ordered that she be rehired. Back on the job, she was assigned to work the grill, rather than sandwich duty. But apparently she didn't stay long, retiring soon after with the money from the settlement.



via Center for Sacramento History



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Posted By: Alex - Sat May 04, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Lawsuits, 1970s

Truckers’ Wives United Against Female Truckers

As one of the first female truckers, Edna Ruth Lievsay was a social pioneer. One of her biggest obstacles, however, turned out not to be the trucking company, or the other drivers, but the wives of the other drivers, who refused to let their husbands drive with her, claiming she represented ‘temptation’.

In 1977, 200 of the wives joined together to form a group called “Truckers Families United Unlimited, Inc.” and sued to try to force the company to allow their husbands to refuse to drive with Lievsay. The judge ruled that they had failed to state a valid complaint.

El Paso Times - May 14, 1977



The Tennessean - May 6, 1977



Washington Court House Record-Herald - May 16, 1977


Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 26, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Gender, 1970s

The woman who died 24 times

The strange case of Sofia Misilevich, who died 24 times in two days. Doctors attributed the phenomenon to "electrical instability of the heart."

The dying part seems easy. It's the coming back to life repeatedly that's surprising.

I wonder if she's still alive.

The Tennessean - Apr 7, 1977

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 17, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, 1970s

Marvelous Milking Cow

With "pretend milk"!

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Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 04, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Toys, 1970s

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