Category: 1970s

Galaxy Magazine is now on the Internet Archive:


1960s-70s candy machine, still in use, at The Feed Store in Seattle.

There was a kitchen revolution in the 1970s: Dazey’s “Seal-A-Meal”. With this bag sealer you could store away leftovers or make separate portions of what you had prepared, then pile them up in the fridge or freezer. Everyone and their brother had one; several other companies copied the product.

That lady’s hair, wow.
(The above model from a church rummage sale is a better deal at $3.)

Seal-a-Meal still exists as a brand from Sunbeam, but instead of just heat-sealing a bag they now vacuum pack before sealing for extra freshness.

Corningware ‘Friendship’ and ‘Cornflower’ patterns.

First off, may I suggest you never take a quiz on Facebook that is created by Offbeat. Not just because they are unweildy long (but kindly say “Only 25 more questions to go!” when you’ve already answered at least that many) and each question takes nearly a minute to get through because of 3 steps per question, or the obvious of unrelenting ads, but because they insult your intelligence. The quiz above says “Only 1 out of 10 people can name these 60 tools” when it’s really closer to 9 since a hammer looks nothing like a hex wrench. [And what they called a hex wrench was actually a Torx set.]

But I digress. The reason I posted this is because the clipart used in the final boss screen is of everyone’s favorite building supervisor, Pat Harrington, Jr as Dwayne Schneider, on TV’s One Day At A Time (1975-1984). Excellent show until (IMHO) they jumped the shark and did a Cousin Oliver by bringing Glenn Scarpelli on in season 6 as the ‘cute kid’ to replace the departed/bit-part-now/rehabbing-or-not Mackenzie Phillips.

Comic books seen at a rummage sale, nothing by Marvel or DC here.

The Beagle Boys are thieves who are about as competent as The Hamburgler that are always trying to steal from Uncle Scrooge, created in 1951.

Richie Rich was Harvey Comics’ second cash cow. Casper was the first.

Archie Comics have been around since 1941 and you can still find two of their their many magazines at the supermarket checkstand at any given time. The question someone asked me is, “okay, but who is buying them?”

Here’s a collection of Harvey Comics characters, some of which you might not remember for not being Richie Rich or Casper. Shown on the cover are Herman & Katnip, Baby Huey, Casper The Friendly Ghost, and Little Audrey, with references down the left to Casper’s friends Spooky The Tuff Little Ghost and Wendy The Good Little Witch. (What, no cover appearance by Hot Stuff The Little Devil, Little Dot, or Little Lotta? I’m okay with no Sad Sack and I get it why Buzzy The Racist Stereotype Crow We Don’t Talk About wasn’t here even though he was definitely on the TV show in eight episodes.)

Classics Illustrated was a 1941-1971 series of comic books which used classic literature as their stories, and the joke was that if you didn’t take the time and effort to read the book before the test in English class, you could hunt up the comic book. In this issue, #21, we have three lesser-known but classic stories, all mysteries: Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four″, Guy de Maupassant’s “The Flayed Hand”, and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders In The Rue Morgue.”

Cave Kids was a comic book series Flintstones’ creator Hanna-Barbera ran from 1963 to 1967 for 16 issues, and Space Kidettes was a TV show in 1966-1967. I assume it’s no coincidence that the two sets of characters would be paired not just because of their youth but because at the same time as that cartoon ran, on TV there was a sitcom about cavemen meeting astronauts by the producers of Gilligan’s Island called It’s About Time.

Magnifying glass, branded by Sony and their Trinitron televisions.


Actually, a lot of Trinitrons were pretty large, greater than 20″ in diameter. So this magnifying glass would have been for the tiny type found in your average newspaper’s television guide listings, so you could watch the big picture. 😀


This 1970s Synchronex Super 8 movie camera once belonged to my grandfather. It still works, and I recently used it to shoot some film. It came with this cassette deck that recorded audio synchronized with the picture. The cassette would then be sent in with the film for processing, and the audio track would be copied onto a magnetic strip at the edge of the film. Unfortunately, no film-processing company still offers this service. It’s still a good Super 8 camera though!

That’s a pretty cool (if convoluted) way of getting the audio track on an 8mm film, but this would allow better miking/recording of the audio than relying on the condenser microphone or ‘overhead’ small boom microphone other movie cameras had next to the lens.

Here, have some 8-tracks in a Smith-Victor media case.