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1970s

Cycle Logic

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 01, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Disasters, PSA's, 1970s, Motorcycles

Mystery Illustration 40



Who was the celebrity groom who wore this amazing outfit to his wedding?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 28, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: 1970s, Weddings

Heaton’s Aerocommuter

Back in 1974, David Heaton spent $50,000 pursuing his dream of building an "aerocommuter" -- a two-person flying saucer that would "cost no more than a medium-priced American car," thereby allowing everyone to fly to work.

He claimed to have all the engineering problems worked out, but it doesn't sound like one of these things ever managed to leave the ground.



Aiken Standard - June 6, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 27, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1970s

President Naa Hoo Woo of the USA



What a blatant instance of cultural appropriation!



Original foto here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Politics, Officials, 1970s, Native Americans

Manure Glass

1973 saw the debut of Envirite (aka Glass-Dung, Manure Glass, or Pasture Glass), a promised-to-be revolutionary building material made out of glass and cow manure.

It actually seems like it was a pretty good idea. The concept was that you could take old glass bottles, combine them with cow manure, heat both together in a furnace, and the manure would act as a foaming agent fusing the glass together into a versatile building material. So you'd be repurposing two waste products (old glass and manure) into something useful.

The problem, it seems, was actually getting architects and builders to use the stuff. I found a 1990 article that credited the "inherent conservatism of the building industry" with denying us our glass-manure houses.

Somewhere in here there's a joke about what people who live in glass-manure houses shouldn't do.

Lansing State Journal - July 25, 1973



Los Angeles Times - Aug 23, 1973



The Alexandria Town Talk - July 26, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 22, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #305



Australia offers the rest of the world its giant mushroom phallus.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Music, Public Indecency, 1970s, Australia

Sneeze cured deafness

1973: Jean Haynes was almost deaf since birth, but then an allergic reaction triggered a bout of sneezing. Seems that she sneezed quite a bit. But finally, she gave one big sneeze, and suddenly she could hear again.

This falls into the recurring weird news theme of accidental cures (such as people who get hit in the head and are cured of blindness).

But I'm also reminded of the cases of people who blew their nose and had an eye fell out.

La Crosse Tribune - Jan 9, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 13, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Health, 1970s

Chore your way to fitness

In 1972, Sears, Roebuck & Co. commissioned fitness expert Nicholas Kounovsky to devise exercises that could be done by housewives while vacuuming. He came up with the "Chore Your Way to Fitness" program. He wrote, "Your vacuum cleaner becomes a portable gym, and you can help tone up lazy muscles as you do your routine cleaning chores."

It sounds like this program was outlined in a pamphlet of some kind. But unfortunately I haven't been able to find a copy of this pamphlet anywhere.

The general concept reminds me of an earlier post from way back in 2012 — Jayne Mansfield's tips on exercising with a broomstick.

The Vidette Messenger - Dec 11, 1972



The San Mateo Times - Sep 27, 1972



The Joy of Feeling Fit, by Nicholas Kounovsky


Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 10, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, 1970s

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