I've come to a realization that 1970s design happened because product designers who lived through the 1960s then tried to figure out how to bring it to ordinary families. More explanation on the other side of the link… Continue reading When Muppets Attack
Now they’re basically a punch line among failed music formats, but in 1971 8 track tapes were a seriously groovy audio source. Most people bought prerecorded music, but your cold roll your own thanks to home recording decks… Continue reading When 8 tracks were better than 1
From the Tandy Computer Catalog, 1978. Before the Apple Stores, there were Radio Shack Computer Centers. And before that, there was this catalog of computer hardware sold by Tandy… Continue reading Present at the birth of the personal computer revolution
By the time the 1970s rolled around, trading stamps offered ever-broader ranges of merchandise redeemable if you just acquired enough trading stamps while shopping at your local retailers: glassware…or a clock radio…or a car! Continue reading Yours for only 1067 books of trading stamps
S&H Green Stamps “Ideabook” 1975: What exactly is going on here? What this man staring at? And what does this have to do with lawn products? You'll need to click to see the entire catalog page… Continue reading Lawn Items…and what to use with them
Why is this woman smiling? Perhaps because “a career as a Tupperware dealer is exciting and rewarding!” Continue reading We’re Having a Party, a Tupperware Party!
1976 and everything was patriotic – even corduroy bedspreads. If the flag colors aren’t your “thing,” then try those ubiquitous 1970s colors, Harvest Gold and Avocado Green… Continue reading Blinding Bicentennial Bedspreads
Matchbox Collector’s Catalog, 1973 / Matchbox cars were highly prized by 1960s and 70s-era boys… Continue reading The Original Hot Wheels