What Was Popular In 1966’s Popular Science? Bond. James Bond.

Thanks to Retro Art Blog, a couple of months ago I received a wonderful package containing many…well…retro items. Like this January issues of Popular Science from 1966 focusing on “The Weird World of Inventions in Thunderball”.

Desmond Llewelyn showing off some of the equipment he has brought from Q branch!

Desmond Llewelyn showing off some of the equipment he has brought from Q branch!

The article focused on some of the more exciting inventions that Bond uses in the movie to battle Emilio Largo, SPECTRE’s number two, and his army of minions.
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Also in the magazine you could find articles on choosing the right brand of motor oil, how to get more life out of your vehicle’s battery, how to humidify your home, sightings of a UFO by MacKinlay Kantor, and if Front-Wheel Drive is really for you.

The name is Sage. Vic Sage.

Treasure trove of Popular Science issues

Are you jonesing for a century’s worth of impractical transportation methods and dubious ideas for national defense? Why not spend a lazy afternoon browsing the full archives of Popular Science on Google books.

For my money, the ads are the best part. Free energy, flying car kits, or music lessons from Lawrence Welk? A dollar twenty five and a PS subscription is all you need.