TVTA Update – thank you!

First. I’d like to give BIG thanks and hugs to the donors who kindly helped out funding subscriptions for The Vintage Toy Advertiser into 2019. I thanked you via email but wanted to say it publicly too. The site is good to go, and for next year I will ensure funds have been saved in advance to prevent this hiccup happening again. My bad this year, but your good. You guys rock!

Second. I have another request. Wait, please don’t throw all your garbage and bottles at me just yet – it’s not another call for your hard-earned cash… it’s for a petition, and my request is aimed exclusively at my readers who are either British-born or who reside in Britain.

Allow me to use a nasty swear word for a moment: “BREXIT”.

Many of you will know about the blight of Brexit cast across the island of Britain but which also affects the rest of Europe. Many of you will have already suffered my occasional rants here (I try to keep TVTA pop culture fun and not get political, but sometimes you have to use your voice for what matters to you the most no matter what!).

There is this incredible, record-breaking, UK Parliament petition available to sign right now, calling to revoke Article 50 (the means to cancel Brexit). It is currently standing at a staggering 5 million signatures! I’ll say that again – 5 million signatures! You can sign it here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584

At the risk of annoying any Brexiter readers I may have, I urge you to consider signing it. And even you are a Brexiter, you gotta admit the whole Brexit thing is a massive, steaming, stinker of a shit sandwich that no one wants to eat, right?

Personally, I’d be happy with a second referendum – with all options put on the table so everyone can vote in good knowledge, now that we are all armed with the facts and realities that were previously distorted. However, signing the petition to revoke the whole debacle – which I’d be happy with too ūüôā sends a strong message to Government that “the will of the people” is not just about the will of the ones who voted to Leave.

I love Europe. And I want to stay. Here’s that link again: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584

Remainingly yours,

Ford

An invitation to help The Vintage Toy Advertiser

Drumming up a little support at TVTA!

It’s coming up to the time of the year when I have to renew my online presence for The Vintage Toy Advertiser. This time around I’m going to struggle. Domain upkeep, image hosting, ensuring the site remains ad-free, and the continual sourcing of vintage materials is proving quite costly this year. The Vintage Toy Advertiser receives hundreds of visits a day from all over the world, and I’m immensely happy and proud that over the years I’ve been able to maintain the site as a free archive and ad-free resource for all. Today I’m appealing for donations to help the site remain healthy. Any contribution will help, no matter how small.

If you would like to help out and are a Paypal user then please donate using the Paypal address of: thesilkies@hotmail.com with the ‘sending to a friend’ or ‘send to friends abroad’ option.

Many thanks. Ford, TVTA.

1960s and 70s space exploration stamps

I found my childhood Stanley Gibbons stamp album today and thought I’d share a few images of some Ajman, Romanian and Czechoslavakian space exploration stamps.

1970 Ajman airmail stamps

These Ajman stamps feature artwork depicting some of the US Apollo missions.

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1964 Romanian airmail stamps

These Romanian stamps feature US astronauts and Russian cosmonauts such as John Glenn and Yuri Gagarin.

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Czechoslavakian stamp

I can’t find the date of this stamp but “ńćlovńõk na mńõs√≠ci” translates to “man on the moon” and the 1969 date would seem to celebrate the beginning of the Apollo moon missions. The letter ‘C’ on the astronaut’s chest could relate to Eugene Cernan, an Apollo astronaut of Czech origin.

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Welcome Japan to TVTA!

I’m pleased to finally include in TVTA some Japanese adverts. These are scanned from a 1982 edition of graphic design magazine IDEA. The colours and layout are appealing. In fact, the entire magazine is a visual treat and a joy to browse. I scanned a fair few images from my copy, so look out for other features in upcoming posts. In the meantime, hope you enjoy these three.

Japan. Idea. 1981.

Japan. Idea. 1982.

Japan. Idea. 1981.

Japan. Idea. 1982.

Japan. Idea. 1981.

Japan. Idea. 1982.

Love the ’70s and ’80s? We didn’t own an Ipad. (Video)

Set to the tune of Billy Joel’s 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, this beautifully observed tribute to ’70s and ’80s¬†pop culture¬†should leave you with a big smile on your face.

Thanks and kudos¬†to¬†hunkygraham1¬†for making and sharing ūüôā and thanks to my mate Stef for the link ūüôā

Stella Marrs: postcards you may not know about.

Found them! My 2001 Stella Marrs postcard set...

‘Danger’ and ‘Nothing Funny’ from a Stella Marrs postcard set I ordered back in 2001

Round about the year 2001 I became interested in environment issues (still am, but back then it was a brand new fire smouldering within). I remember discovering an article online about Stella Marrs and being blown away by her vintage style postcards with slogans and information. Her style captured for me this perfect mix of bygone images and modern messages Рoften political, funny, inspirational or even just aww cute!

'Water Contaminants' and 'Stop Feeding Me Dog Food' from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard pack.

‘Water contaminants’ and ‘Stop feeding me dog food’ from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard pack.

'Garden Organically' and 'Industrialized Agriculture' from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard set.

‘Garden Organically’ and ‘Industrialized Agriculture’ from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard set.

I remember eagerly ordering the ‘environment set’. The set contained¬†around twenty postcards and arrived less than a week later from Washington. Straightaway I tacked¬†about a half dozen¬†onto my kitchen wall¬†and gave a couple away to friends. The rest were saved in their original envelope and eventually¬†boxed away somewhere,¬†resurfacing for special occasions¬†like those ‘sorting out stuff’ moments when you find yourself routing through cardboard boxes for an item you could’ve sworn was packed away, only to find an entirely different item that immediately distracts you!

Last week was one of those ‘sorting out stuff’ moments. I¬†¬†came across my bundle of postcards while¬†rifling through a box of vintage annuals. It was great seeing them again and I immediately checked the website address (printed on the back of the cards) to see if Stella was still making these. The¬†website no longer existed but I did find a new one¬†and was once again blown away by¬†the images and messages. I’m looking forward now to choosing a brand new set.¬†So I’ll shut up and let Stella’s work speak for itself with a few images taken from her current website.

Images and text below are taken from¬†Stella’s website¬†stellamarrs.com

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Stella Marrs is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses environmental issues and feminism. Her collaborative public projects seek to open new relationships and redefine public space. She has presented her work at California Institute of the Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MIT, University of Texas (Austin), Lesley University and The Evergreen State College. She received her MFA in Visual Studies at University at Buffalo.

For more information and how to order your own postcards go to stellamarrs.com

BOOK REVIEW: La French Touch

La French Touch
History of French Star Wars Merchandising & Marketing, 1977-1986
by Stéphane Faucourt
  • Published June 2013, France
  • ISBN: 978-2-9527-0462-5
  • Available in French and English language formats
  • Author’s website: La French Touch

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In 2006, Stéphane Faucourt published his first book РFrom Meccano to Trilogo, a well-received (and today highly-collectable) reference book that examines the availabilty of French vintage Star Wars toys.

In St√©phane’s¬†latest book – La French Touch –¬†we see¬†a natural progression¬†into the exploration of the¬†history of¬†Star Wars merchandising and marketing¬†in France between 1977¬†– 1986.

La French Touch not only examines the toys and products made available, but also looks into how the films were perceived and the different styles of marketing that were applied. La French Touch explores thoroughly the impact and sensation Star Wars had on France at the time.

The book (242 pages) comes packed with many cool photos of authentic French Star Wars memorabilia, complimented with writing that provides not just a fascinating look at how Star Wars was presented to the French public but also an impressive overview of how Star Wars films and toys were originally conceived outside of France.

La French Touch is perfect for the seasoned collector and for the newbie taking a first step into the world of vintage Star Wars collecting. TVTA highly recommends adding it to your Star Wars bookshelf today!

For information on how to order La French Touch¬†you can go to the author’s site here: La French Touch

Vote now for your “Favourite Star Wars Figure in a Vintage Ride!”

VOTING closed thank you.

Some great photos here of vintage Star Wars figures in the cockpit of their chosen vehicles! Voting runs till the 13th Feb… go check ’em out… clink the link below…

Xtra-curricular S*ecre*t H*idde*n L*eve*l!!!!!!!

 


Xtra-curricular S*ecre*t H*idde*n L*eve*l!

Congratulations!!

You have just discovered the highly classified section of The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

  

 

That’s so awesome!!

 

Well done, you’ve come a long way! This section is hidden deep within the dark¬†chasms of the uncategorized sections of The Vintage Toy Advertiser. It’s a bit like a hidden track on a CD, or a secret¬†level of some¬†mad¬†video game! This level is so secret there aren’t any tags for it! Even I didn’t know it was here!!

Prizes?

“So, what do I win for finding my way here?”

Well, first, you get to battle a scary boss is what!

oops, sorry, not that one…

try this one…

Rarrr!

Really, seriously, honestly, not really, the point of this section is to explore the more random side of vintage toys/advertising/magazines. A place where¬†the regular stuff didn’t quite fit. A place where splellilng miskta√©s do’nt matter. The sort of stuff you’d find buried under the patio,¬†or hurled –¬†wriggling in a sack –¬†from a speeding car.

So, sit back, relax, kick off your Ewok roller skates, light up your favourite pipe, and enjoy the random side of The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

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Help!!! I never wanted to be here in the first place! I was only looking for eBay!

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Great, let’s start by mentioning¬†our good friend Stephen Fry, who happens to have the largest collection of UK vintage toy adverts in the world! Here is a great pic of Stephen with just a small selection of his favourite vintage toy advert albums.

Not only did Stephen invent Twitter, but he has also travelled the world in his black cab attending thousands of vintage toy advertising festivals. He’s been¬†a great inspiration. Cheers Stephen!

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Can I go back to my YouTube account now?

(Of course you can… but only if you have a Gmail account!)

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TVTA is pleased to announce that we have just blackmailed hired a brand new team of staff writers! Currently situated in a temporary air-conditioned TVTA office (our attic with missing roof tiles), the writing team will soon be bringing you a feast of joined-up vowels and consonants wrapped up in various fonts to compliment our extensive collection of groovy adverts!

We took a quick photo of the official ‘welcoming’ party to celebrate their incarceration moving-in to TVTA office-land….

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PIF BOOBIES!

Now, let’s¬†take a look at some 1970s/80s¬†female bare-breasted comic characters¬†from French comic PIF GADGET. As a Pif collector I’ve come across quite a few of these semi-naked panels from stories¬†like RAHAN, COGAN and others. As a boy growing up in the UK, I don’t ever recall any nudity in the comics¬†we had. But as you can see from the following, this¬†seemed perfectly acceptable for the young readership of Pif Gadget…

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Okay! That’s quite enough of that! Now, how do I get back to the¬†home page?!!

Try clicking on this picture ….

… nope? Didn’t work? Didn’t think so.¬†We’ve been trying that picture link for years and it’s never worked for us either.

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Press Release!

Brilliant! I’ve just found my first ever press release for the blog. It was buried beneath a pile of vintage Look-in magazines and my Star Wars beaters!¬†This was originally published in the Gannow Early Evening Morning Daily Standard:

My little Bonsai tree 

 One thing that has struck me since researching the history of all these toy manufacturers is just how many times these companies have gone bust Рonly to be bought-up by another company (often a rival). These, in turn, have often gone bust too Рand another company strolls along with an open cheque book.

I’ve been continually surprised to¬†discover what a HUGE ‚Äėfamily‚Äô tree can be traced from companies such as¬†Mattel, Palitoy, kenner, Meccano, Humbrol, Hornby, Matchbox, Corgi, Dinky, Hotwheels, Mettoy, MPC, Revell, General Mills, Miro, Parker, Hasbro and many many more (You only have to look at the entry on the blog for BRITAINS to see this!). At some point or another they’ve all been connected. It would be some labour to¬†document all this¬†rich and¬†colourful history ‚Äď a task I don‚Äôt have the time for at the moment, but it‚Äôs certainly tempting to trace that HUGE family tree of toy production throughout the decades!¬†Until then, I trust you will enjoy ‘my little bonsai tree’ of toy production: The Vintage Toy Advertiser!¬†¬†

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The Vintage Toy Advertiser… a great place to feel good and make friends!

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But really…¬†what am I doing here?!? I was¬†only searching for vintage wine!!

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Here’s¬†my latest selection of Pif Gadget comics¬†containing plenty of vintage toy¬†advert goodness.

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POW!!!
It’s just hit me!¬†We¬†have now¬†published more than¬†200 images on The Vintage Toy Advertiser!! That’s enough adverts to stretch from here to the moon and back three times!! And hot enough to fry an egg!!

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Question:¬†Excuse me… is this the right place to buy vintage Star Wars action figures and playsets?

Answer: No. But we do have rather spiffing articles in TVTA all about vintage Star Wars action figures and playsets! Right here actually: cool Star Wars ads!!

Response to our answer: Thanks TVTA! You guys rock!!

Our reply to the response: You are most welcome!

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Non-toy ads and cats called Wooof!

Hey, we were having a spring clean around our offices yesterday¬†and came across these cool adverts that didn’t quite make it inside the pages of TVTA….

“Probably because they¬†are not directly toy-related” was the answer from our English-speaking office cat, Wooof (named Wooof¬†not because he looks like a dog – but rather he’s a dead ringer¬†for Klaatu the ROTJ action figure who was¬†tentatively¬†called ‘Wooof’ before becoming ‘Klaatu’).

Thanks Wooof! Now go and catch some of those pesky mice down in the cellar that keep nibbling all those back issues of the Beano and Dandy. Grrr!

Erm, where were we…. ?

Yes, those cool adverts that didn’t make it into the TVTA… here’s a selection for you to check out. C’mon, don’t complain… at least they’re still 70s¬†and 80s. Enjoy.

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The defenders. 46. 1977. King Kong movie adwm

Stop Press::Stop Press:: Stop Press

TVTA is pleased to announce that from late 2013 we will be having a regular new spot called ‘Non-toy ad Tuesday’. Why Tuesday? Sounds miles better than Monday or Wednesday. Non-toy ad Tuseday will endeavour to bring you a nifty selection of ’70s and ’80s ads that don’t feature toys. Bit like the ones above.¬†We hope you enjoy our digression.

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BAM!!!!
The Vintage Toy Advertiser¬†is pleased to announce that we have now published¬†300 vintage toy ads!!300!!!!! That’s enough vintage adverts to fit inside twelve Wembley arenas, and¬†big enough to see from space on a clear day!!
Congratulations TVTA !!

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here’s a great poster I found that was an insert for the Sega F22 Interceptor. The reverse side shows other games available at the time.

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EA Sega Air Force F22 Interceptor back

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TVTA would like to pause for a moment to say… Thank you Internet!

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Toys: before their Six Million Dollar Man line, before their Star Wars line, Kenner gave us the Daddy saddle!

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Do you say “Math” or “Maths” ?

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Hard to believe that ads like these were once the norm. Nowadays this would easily provoke outrage and debate on social media. But back then your only avenue for outrage might have been an angry letter to the editor in your local newspaper. Let’s take a time-trip tour back in time just in time to see what such a letter might be like.

STAR LETTER! From Mr. A. Reader. Gannow. West Midlands.

Dear Sir, I wish to complain about the recent advert I saw for Texas Instruments bras. What is the point of obscuring what should have been a perfectly good view of a lovely lady advertising her upper-underwear by distracting us with silly calculator messages? Please refrain from this schoolboy nonsense and in future only publish proper and full pictures of bras. I am interested in purchasing such items for my wife this Christmas, so your compliance will be greatly appreciated.

Coming up… outrage alert!

OUTRAGE ALERT!!!

Dear Sir, this is really more than I can take!! How in tarnation do I get out of this stupid secret level and continue my search for vintage egg cups, which is what brought me here in the first place!?!

TVTA says: we wish you success in your search for vintage egg cups! In the meantime, please stick around a while longer while we make a very important special announcement…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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Kapow!

Yes! TVTA is pleased to announce that we have just published 500 vintage adverts!!! That’s enough adverts to successfully wallpaper the Great Wall of China three times, and cold enough to freeze 25,000 penguins all standing on their heads! Nice work TVTA!

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Wow! Just found this cool pic of Toutou rolled-up down the back of the sofa covered in dust and sweet wrappers…. been looking for that for ages!

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If you find any old pics down the back of the sofa why not share them on a blog like how we do! Statistics show that 43% of pictures shared online are actually first discovered stuffed behind items of furniture!

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Quit those midnight snacks with TVTA’s amazing Animal-in-a-Fridge!

Tired? Constantly hungry? Are you fed up of those late-night trips downstairs to the fridge to satisfy your out-of-hours hunger pangs? Then choose TVTA’s new amazing Animal-in-a-Fridge! You’ll never go near your appliance again. Lose weight fast! See pounds literally fall from your body as you are chased back upstairs! Forget about hunger instantly with your own personalised angry polar bear.

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Road jammin head twister hip hoppin dream spinner… a 1985 UK ad for Yamaha keyboards.

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POW! Oh yes, oh boy, TVTA has finally gone and done it… 1000 published vintage adverts!!!

TVTA is very pleased to announce we have passed the milestone of having published 1000 retro adverts! Great work eh? 1000 adverts… why, that’s enough adverts to stand higher than Mount Everest three times over, hot enough to melt an iceberg the size of Poland, and faster than a cheetah driving a F1 car!! We knew you could do it TVTA! Here’s to the next 1000 ads!

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Hey! Still celebratin’ with us for 1000 ads? That’s so old-school! Get with the modern duck times man, and how about joining us in a quick trip in the TVTA time machine as we bypass many months and moons to suddenly celebrate 2000 published adverts!!!
Yes! We did it! 2000 adverts! Bravo TVTA! 

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So what’s been happening lately?

Well, Wooof keeps changing the site logo. I don’t know why. It must be a cat thing to do. He thinks I don’t notice these little changes around here that he makes, but I do. Not only that I have been making screen captures!

Toast…

Tombs…

 

Trolls…

Trees

 

The Vintage Tree Amplifier mini



Talking of logos and banners and things, Wooof recently made a sticker album of all the TVTA badges we’ve used. We’ve certainly come a long way! Some would say we still have far to go. Others would say we might as well give up as we’ll never reach our destination. One cheeky tyke even asked for a refund for the journey!

Sandrine, TVTA robot.

The Vintage Toast Atomiser. Nice attempt at a new TVTA logo, Wooof!

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