Tag Archives: 1980s

Writers of the world your carriage awaits

Petite – the written world at your small fingertips

1980. Fair-Play. France.

How many of us began our mechanical word journeys on a Petite typewriter? In the 80s I didn’t have a Petite, but I did inherit my auntie’s Scout typewriter that she used for college in the 60s – a small, compact, pastel blue thing of some elegance and which weighed a ton. I wonder how many times my fingers pushed those creamy white keys, how my ears attuned to the striking of hammers against the ribbon onto the page?

The Scout was dethroned by an early 90s electronic word processor, a Brother, which weighed two tons and took up all the space on my desk. It came with a screen about the size of a  letterbox on a front door and could save to floppy disks as well as print. Both the manual and electronic machines served me well as a young writer, popping out page after page of poems and stories (of which a certain few were published. And there is a charm now to that old-school way of submitting typed work by post with an SAE that you had to do back then – but that’s another story for another time). Back to the machines, and I still have pages that were churned out from them which have survived the years and all the moves. It’s funny looking over them again, not just the words I wrote but the typeface, the indents, the smudges and marks. The time-yellowed correction fluid blobs.

When the electronic Brother became redundant, with parts increasingly difficult to get hold of, it was replaced by my first laptop and MS Word package. It’s satisfying seeing words, sentences and paragraphs organise and compose themselves on a computer screen. The tools available make searching and editing simple and fast. With that said, you still can’t beat the elemental feel of a pen in your hand, its shaft working magic from the flicks and swirls of your wrist.

To the left of me right now are hillocks of paper marked by Bics and Papermates and HB pencils – precious notes. To the right is a coffee cup. And in the centre of these is the keyboard, and the screen that I stare into every day, the screen upon which those pen-made notes find their order and place.

I’ll let the artist Stella Marrs have the last word(s) at the end of this post. For now, please enjoy these images of what is possibly the equivalent of the writer’s first car, the Petite typewriter! Plus, a sewing machine, and an activity centre …

It’s all about creation, right?


1980. Fair-Play. France.


1980. Fair-Play. France.


1980. Fair-Play. France.


1980. Fair-Play. France.


1980. Fair-Play. France.


Hamleys. UK. 1983.


stellamarrs.com


Thanks for carbon copying with us 🙂

Saturday morning, superhero comics and super ads

JLA 234. 1984.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

JLA 234. 1984. Cover by Chuck Patton and Dick Giordano.

Daredevil 241. 1987. Art by Mike Zeck and Klaus Jansen.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 288. 1978. UK. Art by Sal Buscema and Ernie Chan.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1979.

Mighty World of Marvel Ft Hulk and Sgt Fury. 284. 1978. UK. Cover by Pablo Marcos.

Thor 373. 1986. Cover by Walter Simonson.

Daredevil. 1987.

Thor. 1986.

Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.

Thanks for looking, happy weekend 🙂

 

MOTU 1983 View-Master Gift Set

The latest addition to TVTA’s toy room is this superb 1983 View-Master MOTU gift set.

I must have been about nine the first time I looked through a View-Master – Planet of the Apes and Disney images are what I remember seeing, all in wonderful 3-D colour. It was like staring through two keyholes that promised magical lands, heroes and creatures… a whole new dimension to the wide-open eyes of the nine-year old me. If kaleidoscopes were the Stickle Bricks of the optical toy world, then View-Master was the Lego 🙂

So, onto the MOTU gift set, and fabulous secret powers were revealed to TVTA when we attempted to photograph a few sample images of He-Man and his pals direct from the View-Master. No easy task. Here are our (2D) results …

Onto the box, which hasn’t fared too badly over the years, and some attractive artwork along with a very pleasing overall design …

Front

Reverse – note the cut-out window through which light could enter, enabling you to view the images of a reel before purchasing the gift set.

Sides

Ends

And finally, a French ad featuring the gift set …

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

Thank you for inserting “up for viewer” with us 🙂 Please check out our main View-Master page which has tons of stereoscopic delights for your eyes!

Galaxy Rangers

The quickest draws in the universe, their motto: No guts, no glory!

Image courtesy of Hearst Entertainment Animation

Galaxy Rangers, or to give it its full title The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers is a Japanese-American animated TV show that was broadcast between 1986 and 1989. The show successfully blended Sci-Fi action themes and stories with traditional Wild West themes.

US. Alpha Flight. 1987. Galaxy Rangers animated series on VHS videocassette.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988. French promotion by the soft drink brand Tang for free Galaxy Rangers Panini stickers and Galaxy Rangers games found inside packs.

Merry Christmas from The Vintage Toy Advertiser

A little retro toy something for everyone here as we rewind to 1988 with the Cora Christmas toy catalogue from France. 

Cover of the 1988 Cora Christmas catalogue.


Smurfs

G. I. Joe

Lego Space

Barbie

My Little Pony

Dino Riders

Radio Control Cars

Olivia Dolls

Robotix

Saber Riders

Popples

Battleships and Torpedo Run

Trivial Pursuit

Cluedo Video

Board Games various

Walkie-Talkies, Table-top Football, Pinball

Bikes

Thanks for looking, merry Christmas 🙂

VISIONARIES – the shortest-lived franchise?

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light was an action figure toy line released by Hasbro in 1987 which consisted of twelve figures and four vehicles. The franchise also comprised an animated TV series and a comic book run. Following poor sales of the toys the line was abandoned by Hasbro, leaving series two characters, vehicles, and an action playset unproduced. The comic fared equally as bad, being cancelled after just six issues and halfway through a four-part storyline. The animated TV series lasted thirteen episodes and was not given a second series.

Below is a 1988 page from the French Cora Christmas catalogue showing the Dagger Assault vehicle and Darkling Lord character Reekon.

‘Visionaries: entre dans le monde incroyable des chevaliers à la lueur magique.’ Roughly translated as ‘Visionaries: enter the incredible world of the magical, glowing knights’. France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Sources –

Check out the excellent The Visionaries .net site

Visonaries Wikipedia

Cat gifts from Japan #2 – Starlog Jan 1981

Wooof just told me to post up the rest of the goodies from the 1981 Starlog magazine he brought back from Japan – the one with the exceedingly cool free cassette labels that we featured here. So let’s begin with a scan of the front cover followed by some selected pages…

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Also known as Starlog & Future Life. Front cover.

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Contents page.

The theme of this issue was welcoming in the New Year 1981 while saying goodbye to the previous year 1980. This is reflected throughout many of the pages, along with one of Japan’s biggest loves… robots!

Hello Artoo 🙂 Why on the black list? Been upsetting those mean Sith again? Great work droid, keep it up!

 

It’s the same robot that appears on the contents page. I wonder if this is Starlog Japan’s mascot?

I don’t know who or what this cool-looking robot is. There is a Disney copyright printed at the top of the page, so time to head off to the research room! *** EDIT 12/12/17 *** Big thanks to For Tyeth for identifying the robot as Maximilian from The Black Hole.

Advert for Heavy Metal magazine.

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

Flash Gordon.

Michael Sullivan. One Point.

Sci-fi and fantasy Books.

Star Wars. Not sure what this is exactly. Some kind of advert for stickers or transfers? The drawings are similar to some Star Wars bootleg collectables I’ve seen like horse racing games. They may be playing cards as they have the suit symbols on them. Help me Japanese readers… you’re my only hope

Thanks for looking   🙂


 

Cat gifts from Japan – 1981 Starlog sci-fi gals cassette labels!

Wooof just got back from his annual cat holiday in Japan. I asked him to bring me back something vintage and musical. As always, the cat never disappoints! Thanks Wooof, I absolutely love my 1980s sci-fi gals cassette labels! 






The images are printed on cardboard and were given away with Starlog Japan, January 1981. Each image could be cut out and inserted inside a real cassette case to document your sci-fi inspired mix tape! I’m so tempted to make one, as I still have a box of blank cassettes and a cassette recorder … hmm … 



Thank you for rewinding with HB pencils with us 🙂