Tag: Retro

Vintage Holiday Recipes From 1967

I recently came across an issue of McCall’s magazine from December of 1967, and while getting lost in all the great advertising, I stumbled upon some fun and tasty looking recipes from that magical year.  The Christmas season always brings along it’s own unique blend of tasty treats that are usually reserved for the holiday and not many other times of the year.  So chances are these recipes only saw print a few times through the years.  Well today, we’re pulling these old recipes out and sharing them with the world!

 

While all the food on this spread looks pretty tempting, the only recipe given is for the Cream Wafers that are pictured at bottom right.  They seem easy enough to make, and look pretty dang good too!  The main thing I’ve picked up on in these old recipes, and you’ll see as we go along, is they call for butter and not margarine.  These are my kind of people right here!

Now I know that aluminum foil isn’t food, but Reynolds Wrap got in on the game with some “recipes” of their own to try and move more of their product by giving you ideas of things to do with it.  You can wrap a child’s present with it, Christmas candles look more “gala” when they have some foil curled around them.  From the looks of things, I guess bunching a big glob of it up and sitting the candle in it as a base works too.  It even says you can line your fireplace with it to reflect it’s glowing warmth.

Now this one is certainly one of my favorites, as it features the always delicious snack, Bugles!  It also features Whistles and Daisy’s, but they are no longer on the market, so we just have to settle for what we can get.  As much as I love Bugles, I am more than a bit disappointed I missed out on ever trying the other two offerings.

I’m not so sure about the dip though.  Cream Cheese, Blue Cheese, and onions mixed with Cheddar and other stuff doesn’t sound too appealing to me.  Maybe it does you.

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The Hottest Christmas Toys Through the Decades: The 1940’s

 

It doesn’t matter how far back through the decades you go, each Christmas season has had it’s “must-have” hot toy that all the kids wanted.  Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were hot in 1983, but Davy Crockett coonskin caps were just as hot in 1954.  We’re going to be taking a look back at the hottest toys for Christmas’s through time, and we’re starting with the 1940’s.

 

1942

Little Golden Books

Little Golden Books

Little Golden Books published it’s first twelve books.  1.5 million copies were sold in the first 5 months alone.

 

Lionel Paper Trains

Lionel Paper Trains

After being forced to halt production to their normal metal trains due to the war, Lionel offered a paper train for the holiday season.  In its Model Builder magazine and its Railroad Planning Book, Lionel urged boys and their dads to start planning their post war railroad now.

 

1943

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

Produced by Milton Bradley, Chutes and Ladders created a fervor among kids everywhere.

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Classic Advertising – Christmas Edition, Part 1

As you know, we love vintage advertising here at Retro Ramblings, and you know we love Christmas, so we really love retro Christmas ads!  Here are 5 classic ads for your viewing pleasure.

Old toy ads are always a favorite of mine, and this Toyland ad has some cool old toys included.  That Hiawatha bike looks pretty dang snazzy, and who wouldn’t want that the western gun set to go track down invisible bad guys all summer long?

 

Coca-Cola may be the king of Christmas advertising when it comes to soda, but Pepsi has had some good ones through the years as well.

 

If you had lights on your Christmas tree in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, theres a good chance they were Noma lights.  I really like the ones shaped like candles.  I could go for a set of those today!

More Advertising:  Retro Comic Book Ads

 

Budweiser’s best Christmas advertising would come in later years when they introduced the famous Clydesdale horses into them, but advertising for alcohol was common place for years, and it only increased during the holiday season.

 

The Colonel gets all the women.  I still don’t know if it’s his own machismo, or the bucket of chicken he’s holding, but either way, the man is surrounded by lovely ladies.  This ad would probably play huge in Japan where going for KFC chicken is a real Christmas tradition.

 

Retro on the Web: Christmas Edition

As you know, doing the Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Week is one of my favorite posts to do here on Retro Ramblings.  It gives me a chance to shine some light on the great retro themed articles I find around the ‘net, and share the fun of reliving various old memories.  But when it comes to Christmas, my favorite holiday, not any little old list of links will do.  Oh no, at this time of year, nothing short of a mega list will suffice.

So here today I proudly present to you The Retro Rambler’s Picks of the Christmas Season!  If you enjoy stepping back in time to days gone by, you’re sure to find plenty here to whet your whistle, and all of it revolves around Christmas.  So get yourself a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa, and click on some of these links and find yourself lost in nostalgia!  There may be too much here to digest in one sitting, so bookmark this page so you can keep coming back to it throughout the weeks leading up to the big day.

I’m breaking all these links down by category to make finding your favorites a little easier.  Here we go…..

Movies

25 Facts About Famous Christmas Movies – Mental Floss
10 Awesome Things About Home Alone – Dinosaur Dracula
25 Things To Look For While Watching the A Christmas Story Marathon – Mental Floss
25 Facts About It’s a Wonderful Life – Mental Floss
The Original Reviews of 10 Classic Christmas Movies – Mental Floss
25 Facts About Christmas Vacation – Mental Floss
21 Things You Didn’t Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas – Mental Floss

Television

When Rudolph Mania Stared Running Wild – Retro Ramblings Patreon Exclusive
Remembering 11 Classic Holiday Commercials – Mental Floss
6 Long-Forgotten Local Christmas TV Specials That Should Be Remembered – MeTV
Commercials From He-Man Christmas Special – Dinosaur Dracula
The 80’s Christmas Specials You Just Have to Show Your Kids – Hollywood.com
The TV Specials of Christmas Past – Like Totally 80’s
Let’s Not Forget the Brady’s Reunited for a Christmas Special in the 80’s – MeTV
A Stocking Full of Your Favorite 80’s Christmas Specials – Rediscover the 80’s
Let’s Not Forget About ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas’ – MeTV
Classic Christmas Commercials Volume 9 – Dinosaur Dracula
12 Unforgettable Live-Action Christmas Specials of the 1970’s – MeTV
Ranking the Doctor Who Christmas Specials From Worst to Best – Robots Pajamas
34 Great Christmas Episodes From Classic TV Shows – MeTV
8 80’s Christmas Specials You Might Have Forgotten – Dinosaur Dracula
Power Rangers Had a Christmas Special:  It Was Cheap – Robots Pajamas
5 Classic Christmas Commercials – Retro Ramblings

Music

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ – Rediscover the 80’s
6 Controversial Christmas Carols – Mental Floss
12 Awesome Holiday Tunes! – Dinosaur Dracula
The Twelve 80’s Songs of Christmas – Like Totally 80’s
Retro Christmas Mixtape – Hoju Koolander
1976 Served Up the Strangest Batch of New Christmas Songs – MeTV
12 Forgotten Children’s Christmas Albums of the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s

Toys & Gifts

Retro Rambler’s Retro Gift Guide for 2017 – Retro Ramblings
1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog Shopping Spree – Rediscover the 80’s
29 Real World Toys in ‘Jingle All the Way’ – Dinosaur Dracula
12 Strange Christmas Gifts From the 1970 Sears Wishbook You Won’t Find Today – MeTV
Making My Christmas List From the 1986 Sears Wish Book – Retro Ramblings
A Look at Rankin-Bass’ Santa Claus Trilogy – Cavalcade of Awesome
12 Fantastic Christmas Gifts We Found in a 1963 Spencer’s Gift Catalog – MeTV
1982 Sears Wishbook – Dinosaur Dracula
Top Christmas Gifts We Received in the 80’s – Rediscover the 80’s
10 Most Wanted Christmas Toys of the 1960’s – MeTV
1985 JC Penny Christmas Catalog – Dinosaur Dracula
1989 Sears Christmas Wishbook Shopping Spree – Rediscover the 80’s
11 Tiny Toys That Were Always Stuffed in Our Stockings Back in the Day – MeTV
The 1994 Toys “R” Us Big Toy Book – Dinosaur Dracula
Most Popular Christmas Toy from Christmas’ Past – Do You Remember
10 Totally Awesome Christmas Toys We Had to Have in the 80’s – MeTV
Highlights From the 1986 Sears Wishbook – Dinosaur Dracula
Toys From the 1991 JC Penny Catalog – Dinosaur Dracula

Cartoons

13 Spirited Facts About How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Mental Floss
Identifying Garfield’s Christmas Presents – Dinosaur Dracula
6 Times That 80’s Cartoons Should’ve Left Christmas Alone – Rediscover the 80’s
9 Forgotten Cartoon Christmas Specials of the 70’s – MeTV
The 1987 Broadcast of a Charlie Brown Christmas – Dinosaur Dracula

Food

These Bizarre Vintage Holiday Recipes Are Best Left to the Ghosts of Christmas Past – MeTV
Ancient Christmas Appetizers – Dinosaur Dracula
More Ancient Holiday Appetizers – Dinosaur Dracula
6 Ways McDonalds Made Us Love Christmas – Pop Rewind
10 Old-Fashioned Christmas Candies That Will Take You Back – MeTV
Five Cereal Boxes From Christmases Past – Dinosaur Dracula
80’s Christmas Movie Drinks to Go With Classic 80’s Films – Like Totally 80’s
Holiday Food Ads from 1983 – Dinosaur Dracula

Other

50 Vintage Christmas Cards From the New York Public Library Archives – Mental Floss
15 Vintage Christmas Ads You Would Never See Today – MeTV
How ‘A Christmas Story’ Kept Peter Billingsly Normal – BuzzFeed
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on Christmas Day – Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Energizer Bunny Ornaments from the 90’s – Dinosaur Dracula
How the Transformers Saved Christmas – Branded in the 80’s
How Christmas Trees Have Evolved in Our Lifetime – MeTV
5 Ways Christmas Was Better in the 80’s – Like Totally 80’s
80’s Christmas Ads From Woman’s Day – Dinosaur Dracula
The Origins of 12 Christmas Traditions – Mental Floss
20 Vintage Christmas Decorations That Are Making a Major Comeback – Do You Remember
Are These Christmas Photos From the 1960’s or 1970’s? – MeTV
Christmas Cards From the Soviet Union Space Race – Flashbak
6 Great Comic Book Christmas Adventures – Mental Floss
8 Retro Christmas Traditions From the 50’s and 60’s – MeTV

Videos

Watch These 80’s Home Movies of Kids Unwrapping Presents on Christmas Morning – Rediscover the 80’s
Silent Film Version of A Christmas Carol from 1901 – Retro Ramblings YouTube Channel
A Super Cut of 80’s Christmas Commercials – Rediscover the 80’s

For more videos, come back next Friday for the Retro Rambler’s Christmas Watch List!

Personal Memories & Stories

1986:  The Year Santa Became Real – Retro Ramblings
Christmas Yuleogy – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Holi-Daze:  Toys Unwrapped – Hoju Koolander
Yuletide Yakking – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Christmas, 1988.  A Photo Journal – Dinosaur Dracula
Christmas 1985 Through My Gobots Camera Lense – SockofFleagulls at Retro-Daze
Christmas 1991:  The Year of the Tournament Table – Horror Movie BBQ
NLogan’s Retro Christmas – NLogan at Retro-Daze
vkimo’s Christmas Special – vkimo at Retro-Daze
A Very Lego Christmas – Garage Sale of Awesome
1990:  The Year Santa Died – Fuschnikt at Retro_Daze
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Goodwill Hunting for Geeks
Stocking Stuffers – Hoju Koolander
Christmas Eve, 1986 – Dinosaur Dracula
Christmas Conundrum – vkimo at Retro-Daze
Being Jacob Marley – Junk Fed
Perfect Game – kidcoffee at Retro-Daze
Ghosts of Christmas Past – Adventures of a Geeky Vixen
Christmas at Grandma’s House – NLogan at Retro-Daze
The Santa Diaries – Hoju Koolander
Christmas, Crockett Style – Crockett Foundation
Christmas Memories:  Traditions Come and Gone – Fuschnikt at Retro-Daze
Christmas 64 – vkimo at Retro-Daze
That Dude’s Christmas Memories – TDitH at Retro-Daze
A Very Sega Christmas – massreality at Retro-Daze
The Worst Christmas School Production in the World – Pikachulover at Retro-Daze

 

Well, there it is.  That is one big list full of retro Christmas goodness to enjoy all month long in the lead-up to the big day.  If you know of something I’ve missed and myself and others might enjoy, drop the link in the comments.

 

Retro on the Web: Thanksgiving Edition

Well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I for one don’t need much to get in the spirit of eating good food, watching football, and enjoying the company of friends and family.  But I know a lot of people DO have trouble getting excited for it, so to help those of you along with that, I’m presenting a whole host of retro Thanksgiving goodness from around the web for you to enjoy.  Hopefully you’ll find something here to perk you up for the coming holiday, and if not that, at the very least I hope you find something that tickles your retro bone.

The Origins of 10 Thanksgiving Traditions – Mental Floss
A Healthy Serving of the Best ’80’s Thanksgiving Specials and Videos – Rediscover the 80’s
He-Man and She-Ra Confuse Pat Sajak in the 1985 Macy’s Parade – Under Scoop Fire
13 Vintage Turkey Recipes That Would Ruin Anybody’s Thanksgiving – MeTV
23 Reasons Why Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is the Best Thanksgiving Movie Ever – BuzzFeed Rewind
Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving? – Mental Floss
Look Into the Scary Past of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons – Retroist
14 Vintage Thanksgiving Foods We’re Thankful to Never Eat Again – MeTV
Watch the 80’s Thanksgiving Special That Launched Nickelodeon Animation – Rediscover the 80’s
“Jingle Bells” Was Originally Written for Thanksgiving – Mental Floss
Dino Drac’s Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe – Dinosaur Dracula
These 9 Thanksgiving Specials Will Take You Back to Childhood – MeTV
A Look Back at When Thanksgiving Was Basically Halloween – Mental Floss
Vintage Photos From the Thanksgiving Day Parade – MeTV
What Julia Child’s Thanksgiving Was Like – Mental Floss
13 Bygone Balloons You Won’t See in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – MeTV
Eat Like the Pilgrims – Mental Floss

Well, I hope you’ve found something to help get you in the mood for Thanksgiving, but at the least, I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with these various looks at the holiday.