Ahhh...the 1970s, such innocent and exciting times for young children at Christmas. To add to the suspense and forever long wait of Christmas morning was the arrival of the Sears Wish Book. This was not your ordinary sales catalog. Oh no. It was the creme de la creme of Christmas paraphernalia. Christmas on steroids. Kids couldn't resist scouring through page after page of enticing advertising bliss.
As a child, I found it arduous having to flip through so many pages of boring clothes and household items before getting to the toys. I did like looking at the Halloween costumes though. Remember plastic masks? They were fun to wear until you'd start sweating in them, always around the mouth area. There would be little slits for eyes so trying to see where you were going was practically impossible. We'd have to lift up our masks to avoid falling over, but that was ok. We needed to air out our faces anyway.
Looks like PINK was a preferred color in '74!
My Aunt Margie used to wear these capes. We thought she was such a hippie! I actually own one now from 1960 and love to wear it when it's chilly. It's one step away from wearing a warm, cozy blanket.
HATE these pants. Hated them then, hate them now.
Cheesy mustache, bad hair, skin tight clothes. How in the world did people continue to procreate in the 70s? Oh, that's right. Quaaludes.
While the boys played "Space Invaders" and "Combat" on their new Atari, I was mesmerized by my new taperecorder! I can still smell its fragrance as I opened the box. It's hard to explain its scent....sort of like trying to explain a "new car" smell.
I don't think we ever owned a popcorn machine like this. We used to melt Crisco in a huge pot and pour the popcorn in. Then we'd shake it up and popcorn would fling out of the pot and shoot everywhere.
My brothers knew how to play chess, but I never mastered it. I preferred Checkers. Remember this Gothic set?
Ping Pong (or Table Tennis it was also called) was so much fun!! Now people stand alone....in front of a TV.... swinging their paddle in the air....and play against.........................NOBODY! What's this world coming to?
Barbies of course, were BIG in the 1970s. I had a few, but I was more into wholesome dolls like "The Sunshine Family".
I loved Holly Hobbie and also had "The Little House on the Prairie" Colorforms. Isn't it a shame they never made dolls for this show? My heart melted when I looked at the denim dolls to the right of Holly Hobbie. I remember finding the girl in my stocking one year and played with her all the time.
Do I have to say her name?!
I LOVED baby doll strollers! One year, my sister's friend Darlene, gave me a big doll carriage that she no longer wanted. I loved it...until my jackass brothers took it apart for the wheels.
The Big Headed Barbie. The object was to teach a young girl how to apply make-up and have fun making Barbie look beautiful. I asked for one. Got one. And stunk at it. I think I went back to my SunShine Family.
I remember the commercial for this. You'd take the bird, rub its butt against a block of ice to make iceshavings, and then add liquid to make a snowcone.
These snowcone makers were pretty popular too. Wasn't there a Snoopy snowcone maker also?
Fisher Price Little People were always and still are, the BEST toys ever!!
Inch worms!! This ride ranked up there with Hoppidy-Hop. Remember, those big sturdy balls with handles you'd bounce up and down on? Oh! There was also Hoppidy Horse!
GI Joe was really big among the boys. My older brothers had GI Joe and the Star Trek set with all the characters. Now they're all considered "collectible". What a shame they all got broken, but ya know....that's what toys are meant for - playing with and not worrying about being dainty. These were "action figures" afterall!
Again, I ask - how did people procreate in the '70s?!! What did they do? Blindfold all the women?
Hope you enjoyed your trip down Memory Lane!