In every 70s US home ever

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A bullfight poster

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:23 (four years ago) link

(cheap) wood-paneled rec room

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:24 (four years ago) link

shag carpeting

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:25 (four years ago) link

One copy each of I Sing the Body Electric and The Invisible Man.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:26 (four years ago) link

A pool,or bumper pool, table as well as an air hockey table

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:29 (four years ago) link

Supersized brick hearth

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:30 (four years ago) link

macramé

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:43 (four years ago) link

no brick hearth in my home, but definitely shag carpeting and cheap wood panelling, also Stairway to Heaven at parties, parents ignoring children, hot naked swimming in gym class, lots of pot, having to apply to college without any help, drinking bourbon with friends, high school musicals, and "Be Here Now"

Dan S, Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:44 (four years ago) link

Asbestos

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:51 (four years ago) link

Free to Be You and Me

Price, Stern, Sloan parody books like Uses for a Dead Cat

Judy Collins's Colors of the Day

John Denver's Greatest Hits

Beach Boys Endless Summer

bookshelves made out of reclaimed planks and cinder blocks

a coffee table made from a cable spool

a wicker papasan chair

The Vegetarian Epicure

a rotary-dial phone with an extra-long cord (so you can take it somewhere private)

a denim vest with fake-pearl snaps

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 03:54 (four years ago) link

Endless Summer was so great. I remember a lot of the things you posted YMP

Dan S, Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:07 (four years ago) link

The joy of sex

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:10 (four years ago) link

My older sister introduced us to Our Bodies, Ourselves, which we considered very outré. She also brought home hashish from college and got us younger siblings stoned

Dan S, Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:21 (four years ago) link

I’m OK - You’re OK
The Peter Principle

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:45 (four years ago) link

Tube socks
Tube tops

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:48 (four years ago) link

Love YMP

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:52 (four years ago) link

which is of course true, but my full post was supposed to be
Love YMP’s post, afraid to click on other thread

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:53 (four years ago) link

there were a lot of great books about consciousness and presence and being in the 70s

Dan S, Saturday, 28 December 2019 04:54 (four years ago) link

wish we in 2019 had the same bandwidth

Dan S, Saturday, 28 December 2019 05:08 (four years ago) link

fear of flying

alex haley’s roots

shogun/the thorn birds/all other novels later turned into richard chamberlain miniseries

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 December 2019 05:43 (four years ago) link

In every 70s home ever, UK edition:
In every 70s UK home ever

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 28 December 2019 11:31 (four years ago) link

All of this suggests 70s US homes were very different from 70s UK homes.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Saturday, 28 December 2019 11:56 (four years ago) link

I imagine that US homes were fancier, but still had that '70s naff' aesthetic.

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 28 December 2019 11:58 (four years ago) link

Table centrepiece made of wheat sheaves and shellacked bread in wicker basket tied with grosgrain ribbon

Seashells gathered on holiday in basket in bathroom.

santa clause four (suzy), Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:10 (four years ago) link

Excerpt from “Desiderata” hanging on the (guest bathroom) wall

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:29 (four years ago) link

Entranced by this canned pear and mayonnaise delicacy (Southern homes only, apparently):


Someone brought pear salad to our big family Christmas lunch. I propose this is the worst dish the South ever invented. 🤮 pic.twitter.com/OEMr3hHaAH

— Anna Claire Vollers (@acvollers) December 26, 2019

Alba, Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:36 (four years ago) link

We had the full Desiderata framed on our wall, you lazy bones.

Alba, Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:36 (four years ago) link

tbh I think most, maybe all had the full “Desiderata,” I just wasn’t able to mentally summon up a picture of all those words.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:56 (four years ago) link

They're all good!

Alba, Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:58 (four years ago) link

the words?

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 13:00 (four years ago) link

thin brick/faux brick wall

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 13:00 (four years ago) link

stained glass chandelier

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 13:06 (four years ago) link

a bunch of these things apparently still exist in the Home Depot catalogue, for example, but I haven’t seen them in wild in decades

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 13:07 (four years ago) link

as is also the case with

World’s Best Dad

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:05 (four years ago) link

Ferns

A jade plant, hung in a macrame plant hanger

Hamburger Helper

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:09 (four years ago) link

Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:10 (four years ago) link

A BEAD CURTAIN

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:11 (four years ago) link

all good. what about the close sibling of this last: the accordion door?

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:13 (four years ago) link

Yup, in faux-woodgrain

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:27 (four years ago) link

Crock Pot.

santa clause four (suzy), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:31 (four years ago) link

Whole Earth Catalog
Fondue set
Reader's Digest
The Book of Lists

by the light of the burning Citroën, Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:42 (four years ago) link

Dad’s Own Bar, complete with, ahem, humorous signage with respect to opening and closing time, such as cardboard clock face with twelve 5s.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:46 (four years ago) link

2-3 dozen copies of "Apartment Life" magazine

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 28 December 2019 15:05 (four years ago) link

A lazy susan, or possibly several

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 28 December 2019 15:06 (four years ago) link

"Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes" by Edith Hamilton

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 28 December 2019 15:08 (four years ago) link

A weird, singular wood table that appears to have been carved out of an actual tree, drenched in clear lacquer, that isn't really great for most practical purposes but looks sinister and cool anyway, probably situated in the den

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 28 December 2019 15:10 (four years ago) link

Oh yeah, burning Citroën knows the vibe. Musta visited my parents' house in '75.

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 15:13 (four years ago) link

People's Almanac / People's Chronology also big in those years

Hereward the Woke (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 December 2019 15:14 (four years ago) link

He came, he sawed, he conquered

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 March 2023 19:53 (one year ago) link

Cigarette dangling out of the corner of his mouth

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 25 March 2023 19:53 (one year ago) link

Overalls with a loop specifically to hold a ball-peen hammer

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 March 2023 19:58 (one year ago) link

But back to the Bicentennial for a moment.

The stylized star logo felt so fresh and forward-looking. Negative space, bold curves. Makes me think of Jimmy Carter and NASA.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/02/American_revolution_bicentennial.svg/220px-American_revolution_bicentennial.svg.png

There were mailboxes that were painted to look like Continental soldiers. Some of those held on for a while; one still occasionally saw them years later.

Every now and then I get a Bicentennial quarter in a handful of change from 7-11. I know they're not rare or valuable but I still have trouble parting with them. Sheer nostalgia.

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:06 (one year ago) link

Stopped smoking when my sister was born. Never wore overalls, just classic cutoff shorts, farmer tan and VBC (does this TLA already exist?) Work dress was often a vaguely Captain Kirk-like combo featuring Beatle boots, even though he hated Star Trek: TOS.

Old Man Reacts to Cloud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:11 (one year ago) link

I remember being really disappointed after I took out a new 7-Day Loan library copy of The Bicentennial Man with the little yellow sticky with a red-lined rocket inside an atom on the spine denoting SF. It must have been really new since it still smelled primarily of binder’s glue without any of the hearty overtone scent of fine tobacco. Disappointed because it was so bad. Of course now in hindsight I can reflect “Isaac Asimov? Of course it was bad.”

Old Man Reacts to Cloud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:18 (one year ago) link

I've always found the Bicentennial melancholic. I was born that year - in the UK, but I remember growing up reading coffee table books about science and technology, and they always had stock NASA photos from the 1970s. There was always a photo of the Arecibo telescope and some concept drawings of wheels in space. It was an odd period when "Big Science" and "Big Engineering" were still red-hot but people were also concerned about reusability and efficiency as well.

The Bicentennial logo suddenly reminded me of NASA's early wind turbines, which were built around the same time as the Bicentennial, and I realise now they're red, white, and blue! Presumably as a way of getting funding. "Mr President, wind energy is not communist, and in any case the model is the colour of our glorious flag". They were called MOD-1 and MOD-2 etc.

https://cdn10.picryl.com/photo/2013/12/31/mod-0a-wind-turbine-block-island-rhode-island-dedication-92ead6-1024.jpg

It's sad, because those books always presented wind turbines and alternative energy as The Future, marvels of science etc. Even the space shuttle's big selling point was that it was efficient, low-mileage, reusable, less wasteful than Apollo. I have the impression that the men and women dedicating that wind turbine had high hopes. But they all had to go into hiding because wind turbines and environmentalism eventually became tantamount to Communism. I was fed dreams of a better world.

Ashley Pomeroy, Saturday, 25 March 2023 22:51 (one year ago) link

Ashley, the bicentennial year was significant for me because it was the year of my family's rather narrow escape from Missouri and our move to DC. There was something especially exciting about arriving in the capital and seeing it all decked out and celebratory. It was like the part of "Wizard of Oz" where it shifts from black and white to color.

carne asana (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 March 2023 22:56 (one year ago) link

I’ve always wanted to hold a Bicentennial-themed Fourth of July barbecue. Get some radio air checks from 1977, encourage folks to dress era-appropriately, find some inexpensive decorative stuff on eBay like that plate or glasses etc.

(I admit that I did go to eBay to see what Bicentenniel kitsch could be found after that post; I already love decorating my place with old LIFE magazines and other ’70s odds and ends.)

Are commemorative/collectible plates still a thing? I remember seeing commercials as a kid in the 90s, but can’t recall anything since. I see the Franklin Mint is still around, at least.

blatherskite, Sunday, 26 March 2023 14:13 (one year ago) link

Not having been around for the Bicentennial fever, I always associate the whole thing with the oddly woozy theme song of "U.S. of Archie," which has some fun 70s funk and synth elements, but in my mind is dominated by this dreary psychedelic hangover sensibility. Apparently the show actually dates to 1974, so I'm not sure it has any direct connection at all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih9rVocvxWc

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 26 March 2023 14:29 (one year ago) link

I’ll see your “U.S. of Archie” and raise you whatever the fuck this is, produced by the U.S. Information Agency:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxAEPnq1KsU

(The soundtrack sounds almost like post-Forever Changes Love, but is in fact one Edward Simon)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 26 March 2023 14:53 (one year ago) link

No ceramic panther, no deal.

Fuck You Know About a Tralee (I M Losted), Sunday, 26 March 2023 16:05 (one year ago) link

Oh mannnn, Tarfumes, that video is great. Perfect example of exactly what the Yellow Submarine aesthetic had become by 1976. I grew up surrounded by kids' books whose covers were the still-image version of this, like the 1971 Houghton Mifflin Readers. We have a thread for this kind of thing, right?

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 26 March 2023 20:29 (one year ago) link

OMG. I was trying to recuse or absent myself from my thread for a while like some Joycean creator whilst y’all worked your magic with these last several posts but just now I was reminded of two things. First is that I bought a book through the Scholastic Book Club called The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics which, in the paperback form I owned had no actual illustrations except on the cover, but did have an introduction by Richard Brautigan and in photo insert section which some pictures of things such as The Beatles in bathing trunks in the Bahamas whilst shooting Help! or mugging with Muhammad Ali. Second is, did anyone else on this thread apart from James Redd have bicentennial wallpaper?

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 20:54 (one year ago) link

A photo insert section with

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 20:55 (one year ago) link

Feel like I need to justify my inclusion of the first thing because of trickle down cartoon psychedelia (the one illustration on the cover reminded of what I would see a little later in the artwork for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy without the hidden boobs) and because Scholastic Book Club book, in case we haven’t mentioned yet.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:00 (one year ago) link

See also those special Sunday newspapers with a free wraparound Peter Max poster!

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:03 (one year ago) link

Wow, I definitely was assigned those Houghton Mifflin readers in grade school (late ‘70s - early ‘80s) — I remember Panorama and Fiesta. And James Redd, sorry to hear you got screwed on that Beatles book. I remember flipping through it at my local library and digging the illustrations, most (all?) of which were by Alan Aldridge, who had also done the Who’s A Quick One cover.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:04 (one year ago) link

The other thing about The Beatles book was that it didn’t seem to have any of George’s songs, let alone Ringo’s, but instead included some Lennon-McCartney-for-hire audition fodder numbers such as “Like Dreamers Do.”

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:14 (one year ago) link

Hmm. Maybe that book actually has a few George songs but not all. Perhaps it’s a Northern Songs/Harrisongs thing.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:18 (one year ago) link

That one PSA looks like some Parallax View-level mind control psy-ops.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:25 (one year ago) link

Just confirmed that Alan Aldridge also did the Captain Fantastic artwork.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:39 (one year ago) link

We used those Houghton Mifflin readers from K-6!

steely flan (suzy), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:49 (one year ago) link

We used something called SRA Reading Laboratory.
https://bookriot.com/a-box-of-nostalgia-the-sra-reading-laboratory/

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:52 (one year ago) link

Color-coded folders containing one or two page stories along with accompanying questions. Color-coded so the kids supposedly wouldn’t know that their classmates on the Gold Level were more advanced than those on Maroon Level, they even scrambled the colors from grade to grade to throw you off the scent.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:56 (one year ago) link

At some point later on I felt maybe we should have been reading more challenging formats but at the time it was a very addictive, gamified process, like a precursor to Duolingo.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 21:58 (one year ago) link

If no one else owns up to using those think I am going to feel like I had some kind of multiverse slip.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:02 (one year ago) link

I vividly remember the big SRA boxes in my grade school classrooms. I have no memory whatsoever of myself or any of my classmates actually using them.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:04 (one year ago) link

Perhaps they were already being phased out by the time you arrived in the system.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:14 (one year ago) link

We also used SRA, and took SRA tests in fifth grade.

steely flan (suzy), Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:15 (one year ago) link

Oh I was totally schooled via SRA. Haven't thought about that in decades, ha!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:31 (one year ago) link

Definitely remember the giant SRA box — in fact I have so many memories of the SRA box Im wondering which ones I should and should not share.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 27 March 2023 00:15 (one year ago) link

I went to school in the 80s fwiw

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 27 March 2023 00:16 (one year ago) link

Please share whatever you feel comfortable sharing.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 March 2023 00:40 (one year ago) link

Either on this thread or a new one if you think that would work better.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 March 2023 00:41 (one year ago) link

The author of this piece didn’t like the system, but her write-up – along with sample card! - seems to remind me of the appeal.

http://hackeducation.com/2015/03/19/sra

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 March 2023 01:23 (one year ago) link

Fidgit! The Fidget Spinner of its day!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5Ms14Weak0E/Tu6KJDlk7KI/AAAAAAAAANo/NGOa_g8MIxU/s1600/fidgit2.jpg

Hideous Lump, Monday, 27 March 2023 05:18 (one year ago) link

^this wasn’t some kind of mood thing?

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 March 2023 09:24 (one year ago) link

In any case, that one is slowly working its Proustian madeleine magic on me this morning, thanks for posting.

It’s Only Her Factory, Girl! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 March 2023 10:17 (one year ago) link

I don't remember if it was temperature sensitive like a mood ring. It was some kind of oily I-don't-know-what that changed colors as you smushed it around with your fingertips.

Hideous Lump, Monday, 27 March 2023 10:50 (one year ago) link

I thought I remembered every stupid device of the era, and I have zero recollection of the Fidgit.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 27 March 2023 18:28 (one year ago) link

I recognize it, or the general principle. Maybe we had a differentlyre-formed, no-name knockoff from a few years later.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Monday, 27 March 2023 18:40 (one year ago) link

I don't remember the Fidget thing. But randomly it triggered memories of GI Joe action figurines. Google sent me to an vintage TV commercial for GI Joe with Kung Fu grip. From today's vantage point, yikes. Don't think my parents were particularly anti-Vietnam War but that figurine is OTT.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 28 March 2023 02:51 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

In (many) 70s homes in NYC and the Tri-State Area: mini-bagel necklaces with names on them given as souvenirs for going on Wonderama.

No Zing Compares 2 HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 14 August 2023 13:21 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

"A jade plant, hung in a macrame plant hanger" absoilutely

| (Latham Green), Friday, 3 November 2023 19:38 (eight months ago) link

I didn't see this yet in this thread

https://i.etsystatic.com/8777027/r/il/dc4ba3/730668538/il_fullxfull.730668538_4ei2.jpg

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 3 November 2023 20:47 (eight months ago) link

Oooh, we had one of those. I remember sitting around it with my parents on Friday nights pretending it was a campfire.

peace, man, Saturday, 4 November 2023 15:26 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

Just considered starting an In every 70s US school ever thread but thought better of it

Thrapple from the Apple (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 00:57 (one week ago) link

Do it!

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 11:51 (one week ago) link


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