In the Days Before Internet…

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

Remember when people had attention spans? Well back in my day, people didn’t need TV and the internet for their entertainment! They could listen to stories and use their imaginations for the rest!

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Here we have a broad assortment of stories on record (and even some on cassette!) for you to choose from! SUPER ENTERTAINMENT, SUPER VALUE indeed!

Can it Really Be Considered a Prize if You’re Earning It?

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

Ah, to be young – so much stuff you want, but so few options for getting the money for that stuff. Well, Olympic Sales Club is here to help! Just look at all the fabulous prizes you could earn by selling cards and gifts!

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So pretty much everything on here is stuff that would appeal to kids/teenagers… except possibly the crock-pot. I mean, really, what kid would choose a crock-pot over toys or video games??

And just for the record, I had a Coleco Telstar as a kid (and still have it, in fact!) – I think getting it for a few bucks at a rummage sale is a much better deal than having to sell 19 boxes of greeting cards!

Gum! Buy It!

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

More gum! Kids love gum, so let’s give ’em plenty of gum ads! Here we have Bubble Yum, which, compared to Hubba Bubba, is a pretty straightforward and stripped-down ad campaign.

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New flavor! Plus all the old ones too! Bubbles! Buy it!

I think my favorite part of this as is “5 great flavors and SUGARLESS.” So… you’re saying that the sugarless tastes less than great, then?

Arrowheads Rock(s)!

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

What could be more exciting than rocks? Rocks shaped like stuff! I don’t know why, but when I was a kid, I was fascinated by arrowheads (and other similar rock-type stuff), and it looks like other kids must’ve been as well.

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And the best part? They’re “authentic stone”! …As opposed to imitation stone?

Though probably my favorite thing on here is on the order form – “Rush my Solar Power Booklet.” WTF? Nowhere in this ad does it say anything about solar power, so that just seems to be completely out of left field! Was that maybe part of some other ad that just ended up here by accident??

Flipit – Possibly One of the Least Exciting Toys Ever

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

Much like Snippys, I think Flipits are banking on the appeal of their characters to sell the product, because the product itself seems… well… kinda lame.

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That’s right – you throw it, and it lands on its feet! It sounds like seconds of fun for the entire family! Were kids’ standards really that low in 1980?

And by the way, has anyone out there ever heard of Super Chick before? Because I sure haven’t.

Not Just Gum, Entertainment Too!

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

So here we have “gumfighting do’s and don’ts” from Hubba Bubba, where they attempt to take bubble blowing, normally a mindless, idle activity, and turn it into something fun and exciting – competitive, even! I certainly give them credit for this novel approach!

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They make a really big deal about how Hubba Bubba won’t stick to your face – I guess it never really occurred to me that something like that would be a big selling point, but given the choice, I supposed I’d go with the less messy gum too.

Encouraging Kids to Play With Scissors

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

What can make even the most mundane objects fun? Cartoon characters!! That’s why Snippys are so much more than mere office/school supplies! Yes, these “FABULOUS CARTOON SCISSORS” make it fun to cut stuff up!

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I love that they’re encouraging you to collect these… ’cause if there’s one thing that kids love to collect, it’s… umm… office supplies…?