Category:
1970s

Parker Brothers Billionaire Game

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Perhaps it's wise that this 1973 game is no longer manufactured. Hard to imagine it being very popular in today's economy. But if you still want a set, so you can pretend to be part of the 1%, check out the link to Amazon below.

More info here.

And here.




Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 27, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Games, Money, Outrageous Excess, 1970s

Larry Gross, the Slacker Hippie Dentist


Hippies need dentists too, and back in 1973, Larry Gross (pictured) was their man. He lived in a house in Mt. Vernon, Maine without electricity, running water, or central heat. His dental office was a converted cow shed.

He was reportedly a good dentist, except for one problem. He often forgot appointments and wasn't there when patients showed up. Because keeping to a schedule was "such a hassle, man." From the Bangor Daily News, Mar 26, 1973:

With Dr. Gross, it's usually the dentist who breaks the appointment. It's not too unusual to see patients standing in the knee-deep snow in the farmhouse yard, waiting for him to show up for the appointment.
"It's such a hassle, man, trying to get back into some kind of schedule," he said...
Larry, 31, likes doing something that people need, and charging low prices for his services. It is the schedule, the hours that he has trouble with.
"You know, one of the teachers brought up 15 kids for dental work yesterday, and I wasn't here. I just forgot all about it. I really felt terrible."

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 26, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970s

Super Fly TNT



Everyone knows the classic blaxploitation film Super Fly. But how many are lucky enough to have seen the sequel, Super Fly TNT, with script by Alex Haley of Roots fame? It's currently out of print, and even VHS tapes go for $50.00 and up. (Follow the link below.)



Opening credits to the film are seen above, and this blog has the poster and some stills.

Plus a cut from the soundtrack!



And don't forget the special line of clothes!

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 21, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s

Personalized Alarm Clock

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Upon a moment's reflection, the creepiness of this product becomes apparent, explaining why it never caught on. The notion of one's own voice pleasantly or angrily cajoling the sleeper to awake is straight out of some Philip K. Dick dystopia, in which the hero's brain has been split into two separate personalities. "Wake up, Paul, wake up! Today is the day you must assassinate the ambassador from Rigel Nine!"

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 20, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, Psychology, 1970s

Uncle Sam Toiletries





I suppose if the USA could fall for hokum like Crocodile Dundee, then Aussies could fall for this line of "American" products.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 10, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Hair Styling, 1970s, Australia

Bowling, the Sport of Kings











Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 04, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Sports, 1960s, 1970s, 1990s

Three Weird Games







More instances on his YouTube channel.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 27, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Toys, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

Follies of the Mad Men #185



The way to a dwarf's heart is through his stomach.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 27, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Myths and Fairytales, 1970s

The Wellingborough Carnival

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The town of Wellingborough, UK, has been holding a carnival for over 100 years. The old affairs certainly featured things that look weird to us today. Here's a photo album to peruse.

And the Wellingborough Carnival home page reveals this year's affair is on July 7th! Plenty of time to make your plans to attend!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 22, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Holidays, Parades and Festivals, Weird Theory, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Europe

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