Today’s selection of ads feature a virtual boutique of 1980s sci-fi apparel and streetwear. T-shirts, hats, buckles, hoodies, shoes… they’re all here, as advertised in a world where eBay did not exist and Amazon was just a rainforest and a river.
In the eighties, the catalogue was king. Paper ads and mail order ruled, and everybody was prepared to “expect up to 28 days for delivery”.
The following ads feature the latest in ’80s sci-fi and streetwear, along with a few badges, patches, mugs and posters that could all be found at the turn of a (non-digital) page.
Stop your pants from falling down ever again! Star Trek 200th anniversary buckle. Only $19.95 in 1983! USA. Starlog N° 76. November 1983.
Kick the living crap out of space invaders and Martian types with these stylish moccasins from Buggy! France. Pif Gadget N° 652. 1981.
The Doctor Who Merchandise Collection. Look incredibly cool in these T-shirts and hooded tops! USA. Starlog N° 93. April 1985.
And more Doctor Who merchandise! Stare at Tom baker’s cheery face as your new Doctor Who mug approaches your mouth… and other merchandise from the Doctor Who Catalog. USA. Starlog N° 93. April 1985.
Get your thinking cap on! Sci-fi logos galore (mostly Star Wars) on these great caps and hats from the Thinking Cap Company. USA. Starlog N° 65. December 1982.
Wanna be in the gang and hang with the cool kids like Tina, Fanny, Jonathan, Philip der Professor and Herr Müller? Then get yourself some Elefanten shoes smartish! Germany. YPS N° 312. 1981.
Don’t like the Elefanten kids much? Okay, how about the Punky Funky Rocky kids and their Adidas style? France. Pif Gadget N° 738. 1983.
The Levi’s Youthwear summer clothes competition. Design an outfit… win an outfit! Simply design a superhero on this advert and send it off. UK, 1984.
… and here is TVTA’s entry! Yes! We’re going to be sending one of our office juniors away in TVTA’s time machine (a reconditioned Teasmaid and pinball machine), back to 1984 to post our (hopefully – fingers crossed) winning entry!!!
And finally, how about an official, authorized Space Shuttle Mission Jacket from 1982? USA. Starlog N° 56.