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(Daily Mail)   Memory Lane: Remember everything you ever wanted for Christmas as a kid? Take a look at this catalog from 1976 for a glimpse of how we used to live   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 536
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Pud [TotalFark]
2011-12-09 06:45:28 AM
I actually got one of these one year. I was the coolest kid on the block ...at least until the batteries died.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2011-12-09 06:54:40 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk

What the hell are those things at top left? Some kind of archaic, screenless computer?

/didn't grow up in the 70s
 
2011-12-09 07:28:53 AM
VertiBird was great - - except for the torque problem in the power take-off joint right at the base. The spring would shear off after a few weeks of use and it was impossible to repair.
 
2011-12-09 07:57:16 AM

miss diminutive: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 640x827]

What the hell are those things at top left? Some kind of archaic, screenless computer?

/didn't grow up in the 70s


They're called 'typewriters', and they're more like printers that you don't need to hook
up to a computer.

Personally, though, I always wanted one of these:

oldcomputers.net

Almost as light as a modern netbook, but has a full size keyboard and runs on
regular AA batteries. If someone came out with a modern version with wifi, ethernet
and wireless WAN connectivity I'd buy it in a second. Even with the clunky 4 line
LCD screen.
 
2011-12-09 10:11:32 AM
Needs more awful '70s fashion disasters.
 
2011-12-09 10:19:42 AM
The Evil Kneivel stunt cycle was the farking bomb!
 
2011-12-09 10:21:32 AM
I have a Sears catalogue from Winter 1975 that I like to peruse once in a while. It's fascinating to see how we used to live. And dress.

/ yes, that's the one with the guy's ween showing in his boxer shorts
// no that's not why I bought it
 
2011-12-09 10:21:41 AM

Ruffian: The Evil Kneivel stunt cycle was the farking bomb!


+1
 
2011-12-09 10:21:54 AM
To be fair, I still want most of those things for Christmas.
 
2011-12-09 10:22:01 AM
i wasnt alive in 1976

/ ill get off your lawn
 
2011-12-09 10:22:38 AM
I think '76 was the year I got Thundershift 500. Best. Toy. Ever.
 
2011-12-09 10:23:29 AM
I was a product of the '80's not the '70's. I wanted toy guns, cars, airplanes, dinosaurs, and a Nintendo. I never got any of them. Clothes. Always clothes.
 
2011-12-09 10:24:47 AM
Love the fitness equipment. Many of those are still around today but they are now fancy BowFlex, Total Gym, and Pilates machines.
 
2011-12-09 10:24:51 AM

Pud: I actually got one of these one year. I was the coolest kid on the block ...at least until the batteries died.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x149]


This was the most awesome toy ever if you were a kid in the 1970's. I still think about the Christmas I got one of these.
 
2011-12-09 10:25:09 AM
I'm curious - to the Farkers with kids, do they even want toys anymore, or do they just want whatever is latest and cool in video games?
 
2011-12-09 10:25:10 AM
www.plaidstallions.com

I still want this
 
2011-12-09 10:25:18 AM
Holy Crap! I haven't seen a Ricochet Racer since, since... since I had one!

My brother and I used to set them on our knee in order to hold down the "safety" so we could shoot the cars at each other.

That thing was so awesome....


I also had that exact Bionic Man with the chamber and everything...
 
2011-12-09 10:25:20 AM

DjangoStonereaver: miss diminutive: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 640x827]

What the hell are those things at top left? Some kind of archaic, screenless computer?

/didn't grow up in the 70s

They're called 'typewriters', and they're more like printers that you don't need to hook
up to a computer.

Personally, though, I always wanted one of these:

[oldcomputers.net image 546x472]

Almost as light as a modern netbook, but has a full size keyboard and runs on
regular AA batteries. If someone came out with a modern version with wifi, ethernet
and wireless WAN connectivity I'd buy it in a second. Even with the clunky 4 line
LCD screen.


None of those in the '70's though, that was introduced in 1983. Loved my m100 back in the day because it had a real keyboard and like you said ran all day on AA batts and you could program it and it even had a built in modem and printer port. Bill Gates last good work ;)
 
2011-12-09 10:25:34 AM
I'll take the Pontoon Bridge, the Wild West Fort, and the Tonka dump truck (to replace the one I had).

TYVM.
 
2011-12-09 10:25:55 AM
I ask our British friends: was the Argos catalog good fapping material like Sears catalog was on this side off The Pond?
 
2011-12-09 10:26:20 AM
tonka trucks used to be made of steel, we had it so much better back in those days
 
2011-12-09 10:26:31 AM

Fails due to lack of:


www.vintagetoysgames.co.uk


/always used the "shoot to kill" card when playing the Germans
 
2011-12-09 10:26:33 AM
My uncle bought me a Verti-Bird for Christmas one year. I thought he was the coolest guy ever..... rght up until he took me into the basement and tried to make me blow him.
 
2011-12-09 10:26:47 AM
I wanted this for Christmas 1976.

i43.tinypic.com

Jimmy Connors is a lucky bastard.
 
2011-12-09 10:27:02 AM
snarkerati.com
 
2011-12-09 10:27:09 AM
ah, the lego 912 set. that was my first. :)

many happy years followed, for me. not so much for my mother, who to this day says she can still hear me digging through the pile of bricks.

*SSHHHHHKKKK* *SSHHHHHKKKK*
 
2011-12-09 10:27:18 AM

rocinante721: [www.plaidstallions.com image 450x298]

I still want this



NO you don't. I had one and you know how you knew when you outgrew it? When you tried to really wind that sucker up and you scraped your knuckles on the pavement...
 
2011-12-09 10:27:42 AM
Best damn Christmas ever!

bluebuddies.com
 
2011-12-09 10:27:50 AM
Is that a freaking Baily Bridge kit? Awesome.
 
2011-12-09 10:27:53 AM

rocinante721: [www.plaidstallions.com image 450x298]

I still want this


I still have mine. Sure as hell doesn't look like that, because I PLAYED with my toys. But, it still works, and is still cool.

Loved my Vertibird too. The one I wish I could find, and would still play with, is the Spinwelder.

inlinethumb34.webshots.com
 
2011-12-09 10:28:19 AM
Where's the bra section? I remember my 8 year old eye gazing longingly at the Sear's Catalog.
 
2011-12-09 10:28:37 AM

Wellon Dowd: I ask our British friends: was the Argos catalog good fapping material like Sears catalog was on this side off The Pond?


You know, I've never inspected this, and I surely won't at the present moment, but I have to assume that somebody out there has made a web site devoted to this. I mean, there's a site for everything under the sun, so...
 
2011-12-09 10:28:59 AM
Pre-Star Wars not-Sears or JCPenny catalogs are meaningless.

Meaningless!
 
2011-12-09 10:29:02 AM
For months I asked for a 6 Million Dollar man doll. My dad finally bought me one for Xmas but when I opened it, his leg was missing.
We took it back to replace it but the store was out.
My dad just took his refund money and I never got a replacement.

/Sad story Bro.
 
2011-12-09 10:29:07 AM
You'd have to go back to 1966 for me. My needful thing was the Lost In Space Switch N Go by Mattel Link (new window)

Come Xmas morning, I ripped off the wrapping paper, I opened this great big box, and...and there wasn't anything inside except for a Styrofoam saucer and some decals. I was so totally let down that Xmas. My brothers always got everything they wanted, and me, because I was the oldest, I was expected to go without all of the time. My brothers would get new bicycles for Xmas, and I'd be lucky to get a bucket of plastic infantry guys.
 
2011-12-09 10:29:21 AM
The only thing different about the electric razors is they are mostly cordless, now.
 
2011-12-09 10:29:31 AM

Ruffian: The Evil Kneivel stunt cycle was the farking bomb!


I had one too - it ROCKED!
 
2011-12-09 10:29:47 AM

h2oincfs: ah, the lego 912 set. that was my first. :)

many happy years followed, for me. not so much for my mother, who to this day says she can still hear me digging through the pile of bricks.

*SSHHHHHKKKK* *SSHHHHHKKKK*



LOL - or stepping on one while not wearing shoes...
 
2011-12-09 10:29:56 AM
Loved the VertiBird and Evel Knievel. I remember cutting up the Evel Knievel figure into tiny pieces to see what made him bendy. Wire. It was wire. *sob*
 
2011-12-09 10:30:08 AM
Oh yes, I remember.
images.jungleredwriters.com
/but they all told me the same thing...
 
2011-12-09 10:30:26 AM

rocinante721: [www.plaidstallions.com image 450x298]

I still want this


I got it in 1975. I can still hear the irritating winding noise that helped break up my parents' marriage.
 
2011-12-09 10:31:25 AM
LEGOS were on there... they were, without a doubt, what I wanted more than anything else until the invention of the Nintendo Entertainment System (out of respect for my childhood, I've decided to honor the system by its full title). Since the invention of the NES, childhood has been forever changed.

/ remember when consoles came with 2 controllers, a game, and all the necessary connections to get the thing up and running? (and later, 2 games, 2 controllers, and a gun!)
 
2011-12-09 10:31:27 AM
I still have my six million dollar man and the rocket ship he fits in.

I also loved the Evel Knievel stunt bike, you just had to keep it away from your hair while the wheel was still spinning.

/yes, old
 
2011-12-09 10:31:41 AM
img3.etsystatic.com


I still have this and the Electronic Detective with Don Adams on the box cover...
 
2011-12-09 10:31:42 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

/mammary lane?
 
2011-12-09 10:32:09 AM
Then Star Wars happened and all other toys became irrelevant. Although Micronauts were cool if you could find them.
 
2011-12-09 10:33:43 AM

Ruffian: The Evil Kneivel stunt cycle was the farking bomb!


Word
 
2011-12-09 10:34:33 AM

Zombie DJ: For months I asked for a 6 Million Dollar man doll. My dad finally bought me one for Xmas but when I opened it, his leg was missing.
We took it back to replace it but the store was out.
My dad just took his refund money and I never got a replacement.

/Sad story Bro.


Trauma can be a tough thing to deal with in life, so sorry bro.
 
2011-12-09 10:34:52 AM
I wasn't around in the '70s, but those toys look awesome.

miss diminutive: What the hell are those things at top left? Some kind of archaic, screenless computer?

/didn't grow up in the 70s


I hope that's sarcasm, because if not you are a moron.
 
2011-12-09 10:34:57 AM
www.begum9.com

Thousands upon thousands of hours playing this. I still play it.
 
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