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Maxell Floppy Disc Spectrum Ad

This ad was a part of a two pager I pulled out of an old magazine a while ago. I really liked the left side of the ad where the rainbow is shooting out of the center of the floppy and threw away the descriptive part of the ad because I thought it was way too obvious and this part worked well enough on its own. I know a lot of people were using the spectrum/rainbow in advertising in the seventies and eighties, but when they are done simply, I can never get enough of them.

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Boys and Girls, Make this a Super Christmas!

So which Superman themed Christmas gifts would you like boys and girls? A Bop Bag? Super-Swim wear? A Superman Magic Kit, or Muscle Building Set? I’m hopeful that the lunchbox and watch will find space under my tree this year, plus the Paint by Numbers looks like a lot of fun too.

I’ll be sure to visit my local department store to see the greatest display of Superman merchandise ever!

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Joe DiMaggio, Christmas and Mr. Coffee

I am not a big coffee drinker, but I come from a family where coffee was prepared multiple times per day. So I find the smell of coffee being prepared to be very satisfying. When I was young that smell managed to reach even the furthest reaches of the house because my family used a stove top percolator to brew our coffee.

Then one year for Christmas two gifts were given that changed how coffee was consumed in my family…Mr. Coffee had arrived. I had seen the commercials on TV for this “drip” coffee maker and had even heard my family discuss them and how they were supposed to make a superior cup of joe. So it should have not have been a surprise when on Christmas morning in the 1980s my Mother bought my Grandmother one and vice versa.

It looked like a cool new toy and I learned how to use it with the excitement of any new piece of technology. The next morning though, when I woke up, the coffee smell wasn’t in my room. It wasn’t anywhere on the second floor of our house. So I was surprised when I came downstairs to find everyone was already drinking their morning coffee. Something had changed and I didn’t like it.

I half expected the Mr. Coffee to disappear like so many kitchen gadgets that made their way through our kitchen over the years, but as the months rolled on I realized that it was here to stay. Eventually I would get used to the loss of that comforting smell, but from time to time, when I am making a pot in my modern equivalent of Mr. Coffee, I catch a whiff that transports me back in time.

This commercial starring Joe DiMaggio was very popular and I imagine it convinced a lot of people to give Mr. Coffee a try. Damn you Joltin’ Joe!

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Protect your Records with the Record Vacuum By Ronco

My family had a pretty decent sized record collection, sadly we didn’t take great care of them. I personally was probably responsible for the death of dozens of our albums through my poor treatment of them. Across the street from me was a family that could not be more different from mine. They took their music collection very seriously and their album were handled gently and regularly cleaned.

It was there that I first saw a the Record Vacuum By Ronco. It was not in use by them, because according to my friend’s father, it treated the records too harshly. They had received the vacuum as a gift and since they didn’t know how to return it, they gave it to my friend, who used it as a toy of sorts. He would wrap old damaged records in white paper and try to draw hypno-wheels and other interesting designs so that he could watch them spin. I found it amusing the first time I saw it, but after one attempt at my own, I was done with it.

Perhaps I was lacking in imagination, but I just didn’t find it all that entertaining. Besides if you make hypno-wheel, you shouldn’t have the bottom of it blocked at the bottom. How is THAT going to hypnotize the super spy you captured in order to get them to reveal their secret plans?

Here are two classic commercial for the Record Vacuum where you can see it in action.

Did anyone have one? What did you think? Was it useful? Too rough on the records?

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“It’s a Trap” by Jerry Bennett

I spend a lot of time on the internet looking for artists creating retro-themed and pop-culture influenced art, but sometimes you only have to go as far as your own backyard to find wonderful things. A couple of weekends ago I happened to stop by a local art show and discovered the wonderful artwork of Oklahoma artist Jerry Bennett.

“It’s a Trap” (get it?) is just one of three prints I picked up at the show. I love a good crossover, even more so between two retro properties, so once I saw Admiral Ackbar with the Ghostbusters trap (it took me a second to “get it”), I knew I had to have it. I ended up getting three prints for $20, a phenomenal deal. Jerry had tons of other Star Wars, comic book, superhero, film, and pop culture inspired pieces of art on display.

If you want to see more of Jerry’s work, you can find him on Facebook (TheJerryBennett), Instagram (ArtistJerryBennett), and Twitter (ComicBookJer).

I also swiped a couple of Jerry’s business cards at the show, which I’ll be placing inside my framed prints as well.

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Have nothing going for you? Get a Pioneer Boombox!

This ad from 1982 seems to be saying that even if I am a complete loser with very little going for me, I can get the attention of that gal on the boardwalk if I just have the right boombox. What it does not specify is it the boombox she is attracted to or is it the confidence that having a stereo strapped to my body gives me that makes her willing to talk to me? I hope it is the latter, because I am pretty sure those 1950s style greasers are going challenge me a to a “rumble” later that night and after they and their friends beat me up they are going to have the boombox and all of the seemingly magical gifts associated with its ownership.