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 (two years ago) link

(cheap) wood-paneled rec room

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

shag carpeting

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

Supersized brick hearth

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

macramé

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

Asbestos

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

Tube socks
Tube tops

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

Love YMP

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

wish we in 2019 had the same bandwidth

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

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

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

They're all good!

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

the words?

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

thin brick/faux brick wall

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

stained glass chandelier

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

Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat

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

A BEAD CURTAIN

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

Yup, in faux-woodgrain

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

Crock Pot.

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

2-3 dozen copies of "Apartment Life" magazine

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

A lazy susan, or possibly several

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

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

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

I was always fascinated by but uneasy about the 1970's Ghost Rider

Damn those stickers look familiar, maybe my sister's 'antiqued' dresser

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 9 September 2022 20:39 (two weeks ago) link

I was always fascinated by but uneasy about the 1970's Ghost Rider

same with Cyrillic lettering

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 9 September 2022 20:42 (two weeks ago) link

1970s Ghost Rider was intense: he was the result of a literal deal with Satan. Plus, there was Mike Ploog's art, which was heavily influenced by the work of Berni Wrightson, who has to be the creepiest mainstream comics artist ever.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 9 September 2022 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

*Bernie

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 9 September 2022 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

I certainly wouldn't have wanted to be Peter Fonda

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 9 September 2022 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

Jeez I would

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 9 September 2022 21:11 (two weeks ago) link

A kids bed frame with assorted Wacky Packages stickers pasted to the headboard.

oh yeah but i had mine stuck all over my desk.

that's not my post, Friday, 9 September 2022 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

My friends also had on their bedroom doors and maybe some other doors as well.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 September 2022 22:25 (two weeks ago) link

let's see if this works

https://wacky-packages.fandom.com/wiki/Hamburger_Blecher?file=03_Hamburger_Blecher.jpg

that's not my post, Friday, 9 September 2022 22:26 (two weeks ago) link

well, this will take you to an image of hamburger belcher: https://wacky-packages.fandom.com/wiki/Hamburger_Blecher?file=03_Hamburger_Blecher.jpg

that's not my post, Friday, 9 September 2022 22:27 (two weeks ago) link

sloppy joes

Tracer Hand, Friday, 9 September 2022 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

Manwich

henry s, Friday, 9 September 2022 22:50 (two weeks ago) link

A stash of unsold Grit newspapers that some gullible kid thought would earn him enough money to buy a spy camera.

henry s, Friday, 9 September 2022 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

fuck I tried to sell Grit and sold one to my aunt

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 9 September 2022 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

Jesus, it still exists: DIY CHIGGER BITE RELIEF

https://www.grit.com/

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 9 September 2022 23:08 (two weeks ago) link

Wow many things on this thread are extremely familiar. There's just one mention of the big chunky remote controls, but we had one of these. We actually inherited it when my grandparents were killed in a car accident — before that we just had a little black and white TV, but then they died and we got their color TV with an actual remote control. It confirmed my sense that my grandparents (who lived far away and I rarely saw) lived lives of great luxury.

https://compote.slate.com/images/eacaab7b-bdc7-4097-8bab-74107d1c0707.jpg

NB: YMP was the first to mention Hamburger Helper and Rice-A-Rona upthread, but this is the kind of list thread where multiple entries are fine, especially since they are usually recontextualized.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 00:05 (two weeks ago) link

Lol at typo

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 00:05 (two weeks ago) link

Wow many things on this thread are extremely familiar. There's just one mention of the big chunky remote controls, but we had one of these. We actually inherited it when my grandparents were killed in a car accident — before that we just had a little black and white TV, but then they died and we got their color TV with an actual remote control. It confirmed my sense that my grandparents (who lived far away and I rarely saw) lived lives of great luxury.

https://compote.slate.com/images/eacaab7b-bdc7-4097-8bab-74107d1c0707.jpg

― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 9 September 2022 23:40 (yesterday) link

OMG, these things - I actually had a thrilling rush of sensory memories at that picture. My grandparents had one too.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 10 September 2022 01:36 (two weeks ago) link

The ka-CHUNK was very satisfying.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 10 September 2022 01:51 (two weeks ago) link

I probably posted something like this upthread, but the original design of the remote (Zenith’s Space Command, specifically) always fascinated me. Tiny hammers hit tiny sound-producing rods!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenith_Electronics#Remote_controls

Lead engineer Robert Adler then suggested that ultrasonic sound be used as a trigger mechanism. This was produced in the hand held unit by mechanically struck aluminum rods of carefully constructed dimensions—a receiver in the television responded to the different frequencies this action produced. Enough audible noise was produced by pressing the buttons that consumers began calling remote controls "clickers". The miniaturization of electronics meant that, eventually, the sounds were produced in the remote unit electronically; however, the operating principle remained in use until the 1980s, when it was superseded by the infrared light system.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 10 September 2022 10:50 (two weeks ago) link

Yes, you mentioned on the second day of this thread’s existence, as a follow-up to your massive console TV post.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

Well that technology background was certainly new! And totally unknown to me.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 10 September 2022 14:55 (two weeks ago) link

Yes. The new information was very welcome.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 14:55 (two weeks ago) link

Again, repeat posts are not frowned upon in this thread, they are welcomed. Which in itself is a repeat post.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 14:56 (two weeks ago) link

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 15:02 (two weeks ago) link

Macrame

Macrame mucho

the floor is guava (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 10 September 2022 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

Ha.

Johnny Mathis albums. Although I think they were borrowed, at least in our house.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

God’s Eyes.

put a VONC on it (suzy), Saturday, 10 September 2022 16:49 (two weeks ago) link

Hi suzy, was hoping you would be back to contribute some more.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like, even if there is some small thing that we may have missed on this thread, we still have all the basic DNA required to clone one of these houses if needed.

Jean Arthur Rank (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 September 2022 18:10 (two weeks ago) link

That mustard yellow rubbermaid pitcher with the white top that twists. Saw one on an episode of The Americans set in 81 or 82. Must have been a holdover from the 70s...

that's not my post, Sunday, 18 September 2022 14:26 (one week ago) link

^Good one!

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 September 2022 14:41 (one week ago) link

Great pick. I actually saw one at a yard sale a couple months ago... Strong Proustian Madeleine moment --- my entire 80s childhood, we drank orange juice (reconstituted from a cardboard tube of frozen concentrate) out of one of those. We had a blue-ish one too, used by my Mom to rinse shampoo from our hair when we were really little.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 18 September 2022 14:42 (one week ago) link

Tupperware parties and Avon ladies.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 September 2022 15:01 (one week ago) link

Fiddle Faddle and/or Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 18 September 2022 20:57 (one week ago) link

The coffee table book "Gnomes"

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:09 (one week ago) link

We had “Gnomes.” But what about B. Kliban books, maybe they were too counter-cultural for every ‘70s home, but we had all of them.

Josefa, Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:49 (one week ago) link

Oh man we definitely had Rubbermaid pitchers, I think including a yellow one. Also, juice concentrate! I was just thinking about the other day, how it seems to have disappeared. That was all we drank, frozen Minute Maid OJ and lemonade.

Here's an article from Vice about the decline of fro-jay: https://www.vice.com/en/article/4x5nzq/nobody-gives-a-damn-about-frozen-oj-anymore

And B Kliban, wow, this whole thread is like visiting my childhood home. My dad is a big comics/cartoon fan, so we had everything from classic Little Lulu to R. Crumb, including a shelf of Kliban.

When I was a kid my mom used to take my brother and me with her to visit some adult friends of hers who didn't have any kids, but they did have a gigantic coffee table book that had about 40 years' worth of Dick Tracy anthologized in it and I used to sit there and read entire plotlines that must have taken months to play out a day at a time in the 1930s or whenever.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 18 September 2022 23:10 (one week ago) link

watched Klute again and the brown, rust, yellow, olive and beige car colors of the early 70s look really good in retrospect

Dan S, Monday, 19 September 2022 00:04 (one week ago) link

I guess by yellow I mean harvest gold

Dan S, Monday, 19 September 2022 00:07 (one week ago) link

In every early '90s home ever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi0uz8JD9Aw

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 19 September 2022 00:24 (one week ago) link

In every 70s grandparents' home ever:

Candy that only grandmothers buy. In my case, it's nonpareils in covered glass candy dishes, and Chiclets and Necco Wafers in the purse.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/2019-12-27_15_44_29_A_packet_of_Christmas_Nonpareils_produced_by_Hollabaugh_Brothers%2C_Incorporated_in_the_Dulles_section_of_Sterling%2C_Loudoun_County%2C_Virginia.jpg/640px-thumbnail.jpg

Hideous Lump, Monday, 19 September 2022 03:44 (one week ago) link

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence

My parents had this on the back of the toilet door, which eventually amused me greatly.

assert (matttkkkk), Monday, 19 September 2022 04:10 (one week ago) link

cologne bottle shaped like a green glass car

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 19 September 2022 16:53 (one week ago) link

Stored in the attic or basement, let's not forget tents with metal poles! A joy to set up and take down for backyard slumber parties.

Slip ‘n’ Slide

put a VONC on it (suzy), Monday, 19 September 2022 18:33 (one week ago) link

In every early '90s home ever:

If I’m not mistaken, one of the ingredients is petroleum. Just plain petroleum. Ingredient list reads something like, “water, high fructose corn syrup, orange flavoring, petroleum, xanthan gum…”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 19 September 2022 19:11 (one week ago) link


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