Friday, December 07, 2007

Premium Cards Galore!

In the middle 1980s, the Alfred kids got PLENTY of Superman Vitamins. Not just because of the subject matter and the cool S-shield shapes, but ALSO because of the "DC Comics Super Heroes Collectable Cards" included.

Here we have the first two, appropriately enough Superman and Lois Lane.

And remember, this was BEFORE the Crisis refit.
More next time!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

More Modeling Memories

Here we have instructions for a very expensive model kit. As you can see, it includes tiny "wheat" light bulbs and a place for batteries, and everything.

Oh. Wait a minute. It's not an expensive NEW model, it's a moderately priced ($2.00) OLD one!

Yes, from the era that brought you a Luxury Car for $5000, it's a Star Trek model of the USS Enterprise!
You had to be careful not to use too much model glue where the struts attached to the primary hull. Too much glue would make the plastic so soft the nacelles would sag.
I think I went through three or more copies of this kit.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Read Label! We're All One! O.K.!

One of the more amusing and interesting product labels is born by Dr Bronner's Soap. Turn your head every which way and read the advice, rantings, and directions on this puppy.

PS my mom says it's good soap too! O.K.!

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Adventure of Space

Those "of a certain age" remember 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Space Race, and the yearning to be "out there."

So we watched Star Trek and Commando Cody and Lost in Space and Twilight Zone. Sure, we played cowboys & Indians, but we also played spaceman.

Now, I was never lucky enough to buy one of those $1 Lunar Capsules hawked in the comic books, but I too tossed Frisbees and marveled at Super-Balls. I remember the taste of Space Food Sticks and marveled over the instanteity of Tang.

And when I got a little older, I thought it only right that the USA name its first space shuttle after Captain Kirk's ship.

Around 1981 or so, when the Enterprise landed at Tinker AFB (piggy-backed on a plane), my sweet wife Joyce and I drove and waited, drove and waited, over the space of three hours or so to see the shuttle IN PERSON.

I also got an iron-on about it, which as you can see has sadly lost some of its lettering.
Don't YOU also desire to know the night sky's sparkling secrets, and taste stars freeze and burn?
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