Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released on June 1, 1967, so this is a little late for a happy-41st birthday post. But then I was late getting to it in the first place. I spent the summer of 1969, when I was 6 going on 7, listening to it all day every day – and I mean that pretty literally. That was what I did that summer. Got to know the album pretty well (so did my mother, who wasn’t quite so enthralled). Someone gave my parents a copy of Sgt Pepper and they didn’t want it, so it got passed on to me (or appropriated by me, really).
Before the Beatles the most exciting record I had heard was Oscar Brant singing risqué folksongs (I still remember a lot of the lyrics). This was way better. Plus I got to write all over the cover, labelling the Beatles incorrectly and then crossing things out and writing more. The inside cover with the yellow background didn’t have a yellow background for long, let’s just put it that way.
I spent the entire summer of 1969 – and I do mean everyday – listening to it. I was six going on seven and that was what I just HAD to do. Iy was the most amazing thing i had ever heard. We had other records of course but they were either classical or a boxed collection of world music from the UN (which was pretty good) or Oscar Brant singing risqué folksongs (which I memorized as best I could, in fact I still remember a lot of the lyrics today).Sgt Pepper really was the best though. I loved looking at the cover too. I wrote all over it as well, trying to label each Beatle. Got them wrong and had to cross everything out.
After this, I discovered the Beatles cartoon on Saturday mornings, which was about the only time you got to see cartoons back then. The best part of these was the Beatles song that got played. I remember hearing “And Your Bird Can Sing” on the show and thinking, this group is absolutely the best. Not that it was all that hard to top Miss Louise on “Romper Room” singing the Do-Bee song and exhorting children to walk around with the red Romper Room plastic-basket thing on their heads to promote good posture. But still!
I wish I still had the Sgt Pepper record. Now we just have CDs, and they’re convenient and sound good but really, no fun at all. And there’s not enough doodling space on them, either. Just in case you need to label who’s John and who’s not John!
Image from Wikimedia Commons.
Posted in 1960s Retro, retro music, TV and Theater
Tagged 1960s music, 1960s TV shows, Beatles, Beatles albums, LPs, retro children's TV, retro rock, Romper Room, Sgt. Pepper
Bob and Betty couldn’t understand why the OK Motor Lodge seemed to be located at the top of a ski hill, albeit one strangely lacking in snow.
But Betty had been looking at the map upsidedown. And Bob had a thing about not asking for directions.
Mercury might indeed be a great road car, but it is not so great an off the road car. And now they are stuck halfway up the bunny hill at a strange Polynesian-themed ski resort which requires its patrons to carry tiki torches on the trails.
Presenting the condiment that solves all your problems: Keen’s Hot Ready Prepared English Mustard – full of goodness and adjectives! It is also kind of redundant: if it’s ready, it must be prepared. And if it is prepared, therefore it is ready. Should be Kant’s Hot Ready Prepared Et Cetera, really.
Also, it is Keen and hot, which is not quite so redundant, since Keen is the maker’s name. But still. Keen AND hot. This mustard is so exciting I’m surprised they can confine it to a jar.
Ms. Lambert, the Canadian Reader’s Digest household pundit, is bowled over by this stuff (or so she says). It has actually changed her whole life! “At last I can sit down at the table in peace” – no previous mustard was “nippy enough” and this was a huge, huge problem. But now that jar of Keen’s is hot-glued to the table, permanently coming between the salt and pepper…That doesn’t sound good for the salt and pepper though, having a nippy, zippy, huge yellow intruder sitting there like Big Bird in a bad mood.
So I really don’t know if this is going to solve ALL the problems at the dinner table.
Posted in Canadian Fare, Household Hints, Old Advertisements, Retro Canadian, Retro Magazine Ads
Tagged 1960s ads, 1960s weird retro, Canadian retro, Colman's mustard, condiments, Keen's mustard, Reader's Digest, retro household, retro kitchen, weird retro ads
I have started writing Hubs over at HubPages (well, OK, I have written ONE! But I will be writing more and then I can use the plural)…I think I’ll probably use the Hubs to write about the teeniest of teeny ads, I have a lot of those and this seemed like a good place to put them. We’ll see how it goes, anyway!
Here is the first one, if you have nothing else to do and want to have a look…I’ll set up a link on the side here shortly. I mean, I’m not going to make a huge fussy fuss every time I manage to crank out a lil Hub, OK? I promise!
If you have any ideas of anything you’d like me to write about – Hubwise or otherwise, do let me know!
Thanks to Wikipedia for the picture. No thanks to my addled brain for the horrendous pun of a title!
Old Dutch is probably the cleaning woman. It’s her nickname. She insists on wearing the white cap thing with the curved-up sides. And the wooden shoes, even though they are hell when she’s running up and down the stairs with the cleaning buckets.
That’s why Helen’s friend there in the fancy hat has time to go shopping. She’s enjoying hanging around watching her friend huff and puff over the sink. Look at the grin on her, it’s positively evil.
Helen on the other hand feels like the work takes her longer and longer. You know, it probably does. It’s like there’s a spell on her! Well, maybe there is. These ads all read like fairy tales or B movies. All that drama packed into one kitchen sink.
Wait till Helen gets a load of the Seismotite in that Old Dutch Cleanser! She’ll buy a tin of the stuff, bring it home, thinking her troubles are all over. But do you really know what’s inside that little tin, Helen?
They never say just what Seismotite is, you know. Just that it’s really really good. Must be dynamite!
Well, they do say that there are results “PROVEN by famous athletes and beauty queens.” Of course, results could mean anything from “the famous athletes got heatstroke wearing this rubber wetsuit thing” to “the beauty queens complained that they couldn’t wear their swimsuits over it.”
Doesn’t mean that a Trim-Ez Exercise Suit helps you “firm up” as you exercise. I mean for one thing you do still have to exercise. Only you have to wear “soft, rubberized Krene” – not just ordinary Krene. Krene sounds like a gritty cleansing powder. I’m not sure how they can possibly rubberize it.
The Trim-Ez has “elastic wrists and waist that traps heat in.” Oh, I see. It is like your own personal sauna. That does sound appealing. The lady in the top photo is enjoying herself, wearing that thing. Looks like a sweatshirt and sweatpants though. But then, that is just what Trim-Ez is. So why not buy a cotton sweatsuit and do your Canadian Air Force exercises in that? (Remember those? We had the booklet in the 1970s, used to do them, but we always got bored after a week or two).
But a regular sweatsuit wouldn’t be made of rubberized Krene, would it? And you wouldn’t end up looking glam like the lady in the after photo.
That isn’t supposed to be the same lady, is it? Because if it is she did more than trap body heat in rubberized Krene, she got a full head and body transplant.
Advertisement from Cosmopolitan, 1966.
Posted in Old Advertisements, Retro Dieting, Retro Glamour, Retro Magazine Ads, The Weird Retro Household
Tagged 1960s ads, 1960s magazines, 1960s products, Cosmopolitan, retro beauty, retro diet and exercize, Trim-Ez, weird retro, weird retro ads