In the 1950s, 60s, and even 70s, lots of men (invariably men) were encouraged to hone their hobbyist “Do It Yourself” skills. Heathkits were the pinnacle of DIY in electronics – everything from test equipment, oscilloscopes, an early analog computer (in the 1950s!)…and television sets. Continue reading Building your own TV…”Not as outrageously impractical as you might suspect”
From the pre-computer, pre word-processing days of 1961, this budget-priced portable typewriter was specifically for students or “adults just learning to type.” Continue reading Not Yet a Laptop
For the budding scientist, 6 feet of chemistry experiments! This 1964 set encourages experiments in Electro-Chemistry, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Metallurgy and Chromatography. Oh boy, what fun! Continue reading Better Living through Chemistry
When you think of hip clothing styles, I doubt J.C. Penny is top of mind or anywhere close. But here we are in 1969 and Penneys has snagged Mary Quant, one of the top fashion designers of Swinging Britain, to come up with a clothing line… Continue reading Penneys Gets Groovy
W.S. Darley Police Equipment catalog, 1961: The Darley catalog enthusiastically, even lovingly, described the different clubs, handcuffs, straight jackets, body bags, lie detectors, guns, badges, and other law enforcement tools. Zoom in to read the copy, and we’ll come back to other pages in the future… Continue reading Delivers a stunning blow without crushing or fracturing the skull
All the latest (ca. 1969) exercise trends are here. Slant board – Check. Tetherball – sure. Weird vibrating belt massager thingee – not so sure about that one. And then there’s that…sweatsuit. Continue reading The Compleat 1960s Home Gym
Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book, 1969 / One of the the most famous items ever placed for sale ($10,600) in a catalog, the “Honeywell Kitchen Computer” was the first time most people were introduced to something we might now call a “home computer.” Continue reading If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute.