1980s Space Fings, Crazy Fings, and some very British comic ads

If you were around in Britain in the 1980s you might well remember some of the following adverts for comics, sweets, bubble gum, Hot Wheels, MOTU, Weetabix, Grange Hill, and, erm… Understanding Electricity. Actually, if anyone recognises the artist from the Understanding Electricity ad at the end of the post, please let me know. The style is familiar, but so far I can’t find any info.

Enjoy this blast from the past 🙂

Trebor Space Fings. 1981. UK.

Trebor Crazy Fings free stickers. 1981. UK.

‘5 for Fun’. Comics. 1981. UK.

Western Magazine. 1980. UK.

Hot Wheels. 1981. UK.

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Dungeons & Dragons and Tasting the Rainbow

Dungeons and Dragons. 1995. US.

Dungeons and Dragons. 1996. US.

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1930s in film – Belles, Beaus, and the best of the ads (part 2)

Kestos Brassière Vest. 1932.


Welcome to the 2nd and last part of TVTA’s mini-series in which we feature cinema stars of 1930s Classical Hollywood, plus beauty and fashion culture – all courtesy of British film entertainment magazines The Picturegoer Weekly and Film Pictorial.

The images you are about to see are almost 90 years old! And have been carefully scanned by TVTA from their original publications to delight modern readers. Part One can be found here



Peggy Shannon. Film Pictorial. 1934.

Peg’s Paper – Tallulah Bankhead fashion patterns. 1932.

Geiger and Lander. 1932.

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1930s in film – Belles, Beaus, and the best of the ads (part 1)


Welcome to a new mini-series from TVTA in which we feature cinema stars of 1930s Classical Hollywood, plus beauty and fashion culture, all courtesy of British film entertainment magazines The Picturegoer Weekly and Film Pictorial.

The images you are about to see are almost 90 years old! And have been carefully scanned by TVTA from their original publications to delight modern cinema lovers.

Film Pictorial Vol 1 N°25. Aug 13. 1932. Greta Garbo.


Film Pictorial. 1932. Bright and Breezy.

The Picturegoer Weekly. 1932.

Film Pictorial. 1932. Laurel and Hardy.

Film Pictorial. 1932. Radio Studios girls.


Not much change afoot in 90 years

The content of these two journals is not much different than today’s comparable versions covering the entertainment side of movies; with articles and photos of celebrated film stars, Hollywood gossip and rumours, and adverts aimed at the fashion and beauty markets.

The adverts…

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Babar the elephant

Babar the elephant is a fictional character who first appeared in children’s books in 1931 in France. Written by Jean de Brunhoff, Babar’s first adventure – Histoire de Babar – was a huge success and led to further stories being published. In 1933, Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne introduced Babar to British and American readers with an English-language translation – The Story of Babar.

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Homework assignment: building a better robot

We can do it!

Gerry Anderson Andromedan Warbot. 1979. UK.

Starlog Japan. 1981. Maximilian.

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