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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