Collage. Cat brooch from a late 1970s UK toy vending machine.
“O woe, bleak January, bringer of lean times to our editing house. Your wintry rap upon the door of our office does chill our fingers, paws and bones to the bit. The Vintage Toy Advertiser archives… ah, too grim a place to visit upon days such as these… with its hibernating vampires dangling from rafters, and frozen monsters awakening to thaw their claws and teeth in corners where sit our old photocopier and broken down time machines covered in dust. Hark! No post! No post! Our deliveries for new ads and catalogues held up by raging battles above rooftops, between dragons and banshees and mercenary raptor-bots. Grim times for office cats and editors, indeed!”
“What an exciting story,” said Wooof. “Please tell more!”
“Crivens, cat!” I retorted. “This is no tale, this is but a reality! We have no ads nor catalogues to scan… I fear our vintage readers will go hungry this winter. As shall we!”
“Tooting scarpers!” said the cat. “There’s no need to paint such a stark picture. Do you want me to search down the back of the sofa and behind the fridge and such places? There are always a few stray ads to be found.”
“Good thinking,” said I. “I’ll go warm up the scanner.”
The following selected scans are of the Gaf View-Master reels and packaging for Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
More View-Master goodies can be seen here Thanks for looking 🙂
Reels and packaging images
It’s really finicky trying to get images of View-Master slides which are less than an inch in size and more than fifty years old! I tried scanning them at first – to no avail, but ended up with some half-decent camera shots using my trusty Fuji. The set designs and character figures for the narrative are pretty stunning I think.
Thanks for looking 🙂 And big thanks to good friend and fellow WP blogger Spira who sent me the above View-Master reel in a recent trade. Please check out Spira’s wonderful art blog inspiration
Bonus TVTA trivia:20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by French writer Jules Verne was originally published in serial format throughout 1869 and 1870. Its first translation into English language occurred in 1873, with many errors in the translation of Verne’s French, including some character changes. The French title – Vingt mille lieues sous les mers actually means Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas – plural, not Sea singular, and relates to the distance travelled under the sea – 80,000 kilometres, and not the depth. The farthest depth reached as mentioned in the novel is only 4 leagues. The novel’s full French title is Vingt mille lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin,“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas: A Tour of the Underwater World”. Translation and character errors occurred up until the 1960s and 1990s when attempts were made to translate the novel faithfully to Verne’s original.
… as TVTA blasts off into 2019 and gets completely spaced out in the name of all things space!
Stick around! Space Letraset action transfers. 1960s. France.
A TVTA Special.
Dear readers, we invite you to get with the space programme!
Here are your eight training modules. Good luck space cadets… mission control is counting on you!
Module 1 – Galactic Communication. Space exploration stamps!
Ajman Apollo 11 moon landing stamp. 1970s.
Ajman Apollo 11 mission stamp. 1970s.
Ajman Apollo 13 mission stamp. 1970s.
Ajman Apollo 12 mission stamp. 1970s.
Module 2 – Simulations. Learn how to make Nasa space dioramas!
“We come in pieces.” Jean Höfler / Plong Nasa space toys. West Germany. Diorama by TVTA.
Module 3 – Essential Equipment. Space toys!
Crown bootleg Star Wars ‘Star Warriors’ motorized ‘X Space Fighter’, Japan.
Playmobil space. Denmark. 1981.
Robotix. France. 1988.
Micronauts. UK. 1978.
Matchbox / AMT Starship Enterprise model. 1979. France.
Action Man astronaut. Denmark. 1967.
Character Options Doctor Who toys. 2006. US.
Doctor Who Character Options Dalek Strategist toys and The Ark in Space DVD.
Meccano space. France. 1982.
Tente space. France. 1981.
Space rifle. UK. 1983.
Space pinball. UK. 1983.
Module 4 – Construction in Space. The Lego Method!
Module 5 – Video Learning. Space movies!
2001: A Space Odyssey. Japan.
1977. Star Wars: A New Hope.
Space 1999: Destination Moonbase Alpha.. UK. 1978.
Battlestar Galactica. Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack. UK. 1980.
1982. Return of the Jedi teaser.
Star Trek II. UK. 1982.
Alien. 1979. Japan.
Alien Covenant. 2017. Japan.
Module 6 – Uniforms and Kit. Space style!
Space Shuttle Mission Jacket. US. 1982.
New Warrior’s Battle Jacket. US. 1980.
The Thinking cap Company. US. 1982.
The Thinking Cap Company. US. 1980.
Star Trek watch. US. 1983.
Star Wars watch. UK. 1981.
Battlestar Galactica T-shirts. US. 1979.
The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. 1997. UK.
Module 7 – Know thy moons!
Moontrap. UK. 1989.
Atari Moon Patrol. 1984.
Moonraker. UK. 1979.
Moon Monster. 1971. US.
Sailor Moon costume. France. 1995.
MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s.
Module 8 – Space nutrition. All you can eat and drink in the vacuum of space!
Star Wars Milky Way chocolate offer. France. 1981.
Milky Way. France. 1984.
Star Wars Wilton cake decorating. US. 1982.
Star Wars bootleg advert for Nescau drink. Brazil. 1984.
Tonimalt Ulysse 31. France. 1983.
Smarties robot and watch. France. 1983.
Galaxy Rangers Tang. France. 1988.
Atom Smashers. UK. 1978.
E.T. Cola Creams. 1983.
Star Wars Shreddies. UK. 1978.
Alien Reese’s Pieces. US. 1985.
Alien Reese’s Pieces. US. 1985.
Congratulations space cadets! You have passed your basic training and can now proceed to mission control to receive your first assignment.
Don’t forget to pick up your free astronaut goodie-bags, space TV wi-fi helmet and alien monkey blaster gifts from Group Captain Buzz Lightyear who will be on hand to answer all your space questions! Cosmic calamities await!
Buzz Lightyear original 90s talking toy. TVTA collection.
Join us again soon as we blast off to Venus in search of chocolate fizzing macaroons and gravity-free Swiss cheese! Happy New year to all our readers, and may much happiness and success come your way! As always, thanks for looking 🙂