Heck Yeah, Old Technology!

Apr 18

There was a serialized daily comic strip of Star Wars to generate excitement for the movie series, did you know?  This one was the strip for June 6, 1980 — and The Empire Strikes Back had been released to theatres on May 21st.

There was a serialized daily comic strip of Star Wars to generate excitement for the movie series, did you know? This one was the strip for June 6, 1980 — and The Empire Strikes Back had been released to theatres on May 21st.

Apr 17

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What my college roommate’s New Years parties turned into after midnight.

Marley’s Supermarket advertisement newspaper banner, 1979

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What my college roommate’s New Years parties turned into after midnight.

Marley’s Supermarket advertisement newspaper banner, 1979

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Let’s get right to the point with the ad’s title.

Also, what’s the message if you’re selling a bundle of diets at a time?  Implies to me that none of them work, or you wouldn’t need five for a buck or be offered all of them at one time

Let’s get right to the point with the ad’s title.

Also, what’s the message if you’re selling a bundle of diets at a time? Implies to me that none of them work, or you wouldn’t need five for a buck or be offered all of them at one time

There are a variety of reasons why people would be staring, not all of which have to do with how your figure looks in these underthings. 1956

There are a variety of reasons why people would be staring, not all of which have to do with how your figure looks in these underthings. 1956

Apr 16

Underwood ‘Champion’ portable typewriter, late 1930

And you can own a much nicer model for $600-$800.

Underwood ‘Champion’ portable typewriter, late 1930

And you can own a much nicer model for $600-$800.

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Vinyl dolls with genitals, five bucks a pair.  1970

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Vinyl dolls with genitals, five bucks a pair. 1970

Apr 15

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Today’s challenge:  Attempt to operate a spray can as seen above.  
The can will fly out of your palm if you try to press the spray head with your thumb.  Try it and see for yourself!

Ad for Solarcaine burn pain reliever spray from June 1970, and the product is still in production today (formerly by Plough [founded in 1908], which merged with Schering in 1971, then Schering-Plough was obtained by Merck/MDS Consumer Care in 2009).  The active ingredient is lidocaine, which is also injected into your gums as an anaesthetic during dental surgery.

Today’s challenge: Attempt to operate a spray can as seen above.
The can will fly out of your palm if you try to press the spray head with your thumb. Try it and see for yourself!

Ad for Solarcaine burn pain reliever spray from June 1970, and the product is still in production today (formerly by Plough [founded in 1908], which merged with Schering in 1971, then Schering-Plough was obtained by Merck/MDS Consumer Care in 2009). The active ingredient is lidocaine, which is also injected into your gums as an anaesthetic during dental surgery.