Some more Hostess snacks with your Saturday Morning TV?

Some great retro ads just in to compliment two of TVTA’s favourite categories. You can see the original Saturday Morning TV section here and Superhero Hostess Twinkies, Cup Cakes and Fruit Pies here

For now, Here are the newbies. Thanks for looking.


NBC Saturday Morning TV featuring Spider-Man, the Smurfs, Mr.T, Alvin & The Chipmunks, and other cartoon favourites.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.


CBS Saturday Morning TV featuring Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs Bunny, Tarzan and others.

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.


Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Batman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Batman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


Hostess Cup Cakes featuring Superman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Superman.

US. House of Mystery. 1981.

US. House of Mystery. 1981.


Hostess Cup Cakes featuring Wonder Woman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


Hostess Cup Cakes featuring Red Tornado.

US. Ghosts. 1981.

US. Ghosts. 1981.


Robots and other retro toys from Christie’s 1988 auction catalogue

TVTA loves robots, and couldn’t resist acquiring this summer 1988 auction catalogue from Christie’s of South Kensington. Complete with a colour cover featuring a 1960s tinplate robot toy called ANSWER-GAME, this 40 page catalogue consists of black and white images featuring robots, games, trains and lead soldiers dating as far back as the 19th century. Here a few images fresh from the scanning room. Thanks for looking.


ANSWERGAME. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

ANSWER-GAME. From Christie’s South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.


ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Jaman, 1960s. ANSWERGAME, battery operated tinplate robot that executes simple mathematics, by Ichida, Japan, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

1. ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £150-250. 2. ANSWER-GAME, battery operated tinplate robot that executes simple mathematics, by Ichida, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.


ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan. £300-500.


PISTON ROBOT, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

PISTON ROBOT, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £200-300.


DUX-ASTROMAN, battery operated remote control robot, by Dux. W, Germany, 1950s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

DUX-ASTROMAN, battery operated remote control plastic robot, by Dux. W. Germany, 1950s. £150-200.


SOUCOUPE A REACTION, friction powered tinplate flying saucer, by SFA, France, 1950s.

SOUCOUPE A REACTION, friction powered tinplate flying saucer, by SFA, France, 1950s. £50-80.


MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s.

MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.


W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928.

W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928. £130-190.


RACING COLOURS OF FAMOUS OWNERS, by Britains, UK, circa 1937.

RACING COLOURS OF FAMOUS OWNERS, by Britains, UK, circa 1937. £60-100.


DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912. £70-100.

DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912. £70-100.


HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.

HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.


BRITAINS SET N° 460, Scots Guards, circa 1933. No price listed.

BRITAINS SET N° 460, Scots Guards, circa 1933. No price listed.


Rear cover: K. BUB LANDAULETTE, clockwork tinplate car. Germany, circa 1912. £1,500-2,500.

Rear cover: K. BUB LANDAULETTE, clockwork tinplate car. Germany, circa 1912. £1,500-2,500.


 

 

SEA-MONKEYS… brine shrimp beasties in a bowl

“Sea-Monkeys” is the marketing name given to Artemia – a genus of the aquatic Brine Shrimp able to produce dormant eggs which hatch from their state of suspended animation when mixed with water and crystals.

These cleverly marketed “pets” were the brainchild of Harold Von Braunhut who in 1957 sold his creature-kits as ‘Instant Life’. In 1962 the name was changed to Sea-Monkeys and became popular worldwide thanks to a massive advertising drive in comic books.

X-Ray Specs

Von Braunhut was also notable for inventing and marketing X-ray Specs – glasses which were advertised in the back pages of comics, usually alongside an illustration and description ‘suggesting’ the ability to see through clothes and skin.

Typical X-Ray Specs adverts found in the back pages of comics in throughout the 60s and 70s.

Typical X-Ray Specs adverts found in the back pages of comics throughout the 60s and 70s.


Spot the difference?

Artemia…

artemia_monica

Above Image by djpmapleferryman – originally posted to Flickr as Artemia monica, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7030334

Sea-Monkeys…

US. Ghostly Tales. 1982.

US. Ghostly Tales. 1982.


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


Germany. Fix Und Foxi. 1984.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi. 1984.


US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


 

The A-Team, Monogram, Curve Huggers, Superhero Hang Ups and Playmobil

New ads just in featuring: 80s TV favourites The A-Team, Air Force model kits from Monogram, slot car racing vehicles from Tyco, Superhero Hang Ups, and a 1983 Playmobil promotion.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


The Joker Superduds sweepstakes and other DC paperworks

Fresh from TVTA’s scanning room comes this wonderful double page ad for a 1977 Milk Duds Superduds sweepstakes as presented by DC’s archvillain the Joker. Prizes on offer were an all expenses paid three day trip to New York that included a tour of the DC Comics office where an artist would ‘draw you’ into an upcoming issue of one of their titles. Other prizes included superhero watches, subscriptions and ten Schwinn bicycles! Who would have thought the Joker could have been so generous?

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


Other scans include the following ads for the DC Superfriends Supercase in which you could store your 45 inch vinyl records, plus three comic covers from the DC titled Weird War Tales. As always, thanks for looking🙂


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


Weird War Tales N° 69. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.

Weird War Tales N° 69. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.


Weird War Tales N° 53. 1977. Cover by Jim Apero.

Weird War Tales N° 53. 1977. Cover by Jim Aparo.


Weird War Tales N° 60. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.

Weird War Tales N° 60. 1978. Cover by Joe Kubert.