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Homemade Jump Ramps: Dirt Before Dinner

Homemade Jump Ramps: Dirt Before Dinner

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Growing Up Star Wars: Ship Envy (1983)

Growing Up Star Wars: Ship Envy (1983)

Yes folks, there was a time when we were so proud of our toys that we would pose with them like they were trophies. Except for perhaps the privileged and well-to-do, Star Wars toys were a luxury usually received only for special occasions (birthdays, Christmas/Chanukah) or maybe as a prize for when one did really...
Homemade Jump Ramps: Granny's Backyard (1979)

Homemade Jump Ramps: Granny’s Backyard (1979)

You’ll see it quite often on Facebook and other social media sites—us Gen-X 40-somethings talking about how domesticated and “super-safe” our society and its kids have become. Sad to say it, but it’s true. But let’s not get into that right now. Instead, let’s celebrate how awesome things were back in the day and leave...
The Lost Art of Cassette Tape Design

The Lost Art of Cassette Tape Design

Um, this collection of vintage cassette tape spine art, all from the personal vault of Steve Vistaunet, has left me completely speechless. All I can say is this is, by far, the most well-preserved set of a truly lost art form I have ever seen. There is simply too much to discuss here, but I’m...
Mall Mania 1990 Time-Lapse

Mall Mania 1990 Time-Lapse

MALL MANIA 1990 time-lapse from Joel Fletcher on Vimeo. Pretty cool vid time-lapse, taken at various malls in Los Angeles. I just wish they’d done something like this back in the ’80s. Nevertheless, those of us who grew up in ’70s and ’80s L.A. may find it worth viewing. Tweet This Post
Matchbox Sea Kings (circa 1978)

Matchbox Sea Kings (circa 1978)

There are times when I wish I could reach into my computer monitor screen and grab whatever was on screen, bringing it back into my reality. This is one of those times. Thanks to Wishbook, who has the best, ridiculously extensive archive of ’70s catalogs and ads I’ve ever seen. Anyways, I had all of...
Metal Cap Bomb Toy…with Parachute.

Metal Cap Bomb Toy…with Parachute.

Ah, the metal cap bomb toy. An affordable and convenient favorite of many of us ’70s kids. I played with these a lot in the mid- to late ’70s, relishing in each and every loud “BANG!” which emitted from the tiny but hefty warhead. I probably spent as much time appreciating the overall simplistic yet...