Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ideal Electronic Wrist Quiz

Clearly Ideal's Electronic Wrist Quiz hoped to capitalize on the digital watch craze of the late '70's and early '80's.  Unfortunately, what it didn't do was tell time.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What To Do Now

Growing up in the 70's and 80's, I was  aware of the distinct possibility I would die in a nuclear attack before I reached adulthood.  Living in St. Louis, I had heard we were a prime target given the McDonnell/Douglas aircraft plant and Defense Mapping.  "Before Disaster Strike: What To Do Now - A Family Handbook", published by the St. Louis Office of Civil Defense, was created specifically for the St. Louis area in the 1950's and discusses that danger and how to prepare for the inevitable.  Of course, we know now the appropriate position to assume in the event of such an attack is to place your head between your legs and kiss your butt goodbye.  But here are some things we were told back then would help to prepare for and survive after a nuclear holocaust.  Oh, and if you're too young to remember the nuclear threat, replace "A-Bomb" and "H-Bomb" with "Zombie".













Remember, girls, always wear your apron and heels when purifying water in a nuclear aftermath.






This guy looks a little too cheerful to be cooking in a post-nuclear hell.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hey, Hey, Hey!

I found this Fat Albert game at a sale today.  I wasn't a huge Fat Albert fan, but I did watch the show and was always fascinated by the things the kids would find and build in the junk yard.  Maybe that contributed to my love of junk.


I'm a little uncomfortable with Fat Albert's posturing here, given the smirk on his face, the proximity of Mushmouth's face and Dumb Donald's "knowing" look.












  









"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" ran intermittently on CBS from 1972 to 1985.  It was, of course, based on the comedy routines of Bill Cosby who in turn said they were based on his childhood friends.  "Bill" was based on himself and "Russell" on his real-life brother.  Beyond that, it's uncertain if any were based on actual people.  The 2004 movie, which showed an emotional gathering of the "original" characters around the grave of "Fat Albert" added to the legend that he was based on a real-life man named "Fat" Albert Robinson, although there doesn't appear to be any solid evidence anywhere that he did exist.

Easley Street

Today's postcard offering comes from the same lot I previously wrote about here.  You may remember those were written by a young man named Gilliland Couch to a young woman named Frances Julian.  These cards date about 6 to 9 years later after Frances married Paul Koehler.




I "drove" around on Google maps until I found these buildings.  Surprisingly, they're still recognizable.  Click on the link above to see more of Easley.  The sign seen down the street on the postcard is a Western Auto sign like the one below:












  



  
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