Tacky Decorations in your house as a Kid

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Fiber Optics decorations! icon_wink.gif

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    Sand Art!

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    Speaking of clocks, I wasn't above a bit of tackiness myself. An alarm clock like this montrosity sat on my nightstand around 1960. It had such cutting-edge features as a snooze alarm and a lighted dial (barely).

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    This was my wind-up travel alarm. A tambour-style door slid closed to protect the face. I took it to college and then into the Army, finally threw it away in the early 1980s I think, when it got too banged-up looking. Still ticked, though.

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    Jun 20, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    Hothouse saidI WANT ONE OF THESE!
    ...need that Kit Cat Klock!

    They're all over the Internet if you can't find one locally. The modern replicas are battery powered, so you don't have the cord hanging down, but make sure it says the eyes turn and the tail swings like the original. There are also versions in colors, and some that look more like Felix the Cat, or other cat variants.
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Hothouse saidI WANT ONE OF THESE!
    ...need that Kit Cat Klock!

    They're all over the Internet if you can't find one locally. The modern replicas are battery powered, so you don't have the cord hanging down, but make sure it says the eyes turn and the tail swings like the original. There are also versions in colors, and some that look more like Felix the Cat, or other cat variants.


    I'll have to check that out, and of course, get it spayed or neutered, don't need a bunch of cat clocks all over the house ticking and purring....
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    Hothouse saidI'll have to check that out, and of course, get it spayed or neutered, don't need a bunch of cat clocks all over the house ticking and purring....

    LMAO! OK, that's my laugh for the day. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    its very high-70s Canadian to have Blue Mountain Pottery
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    I don't intend to take this into a different direction, but those religious pictures of Jesus with eyes that seem to follow you really spooked me. And being raised Catholic, there was usually a palm frond usually placed behind the pic.
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    Here's another 1950s horror, the aluminum Christmas tree with color wheel. Thank gawd we never had one, but plenty of our family friends did, those trendy style-setters. Some trees also had an electric rotating base. An ex-BF of mine kept one up year round with ornaments as recently as 2004, in a Victorian guest bedroom where he also kept his famous women Barbie doll collection (Scarlett O'Hara, Lucy, etc). Did I mention that he's gay? icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Jun 20, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    I had MANY friends who had Xmas trees like that (I'm going to hell for not keeping the CHRIST in CHRISTmas). But we DID have those awful icicles that you bought at Woolworth's draped all over the tree, and always fell all over the floor and made a hideous sight when throwing out the tree in January.
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    I hate to admit this, but I have half the crap mentioned in these posts in my garage right now...
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:25 PM GMT
    The infamous butterfly chair, surprisingly designed back in 1938, but a classic of the 1950s. My Mother bought this exact same frame & fabric color combo, exclusively for me to use in the TV parlor when I was 11, because of my habit of draping my legs all over the upholstered arms of her other furniture. And it could be quickly folded and stashed away if guests came.

    But even at that age I couldn't tolerate such a horrible style mismatch, nor did it rock (rock as in rocking chair). So I folded it up and carted it out to the more suitable summer screened porch, where it remained until the cotton canvas rotted and it got pitched. icon_razz.gif

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    Jun 20, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    with a cord that went the length of my entire ranch house, into every bathroom and down in the basement

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    Jun 20, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    what, she didn't have doilies? My mom had a cloth on the back of the recliner so that my dad's hair Vitalis wouldn't ruin the upholstery.
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    JustTheTip saidwith a cord that went the length of my entire ranch house, into every bathroom and down in the basement

    Ah, yes, you could jump rope with the damn things, and they were perpetually tangled up, like a Slinky gone bad.
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
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    One of our sets looked very much like this, and it was a Packard Bell. It included an 8-track tape player. Actually - the sound was amazingly good and the picture quality & color were flawless. I inherited this set and had it until about three years ago. It still worked almost as well as new, and it had only one service call since 1966! Not tacky at all really, in fact it was beautiful - - pecan wood & well made. Out of date for today though, and these consoles took up a good amount of space.

    $850. was a good chunk of change then.........like 3 mortgage payments for the average person, I'm guessing. But if these sets could last 40 years - - maybe it was worth it. What lasts 40 years now?
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    Jun 20, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
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    One of our sets looked very much like this, and it was a Packard Bell. It included an 8-track tape player. Actually - the sound was amazingly good and the picture quality & color were flawless. I inherited this set and had it until about three years ago. It still worked almost as well as new, and it had only one service call since 1966! Not tacky at all really, in fact it was beautiful - - pecan wood & well made. Out of date for today though, and these consoles took up a good amount of space.

    $850. was a good chunk of change then.........like 3 mortgage payments for the average person, I'm guessing. But if these sets could last 40 years - - maybe it was worth it. What lasts 40 years now?


    I remember my parents paying £750 ($1200) for a Ferguson VHS VCR in 1976 and I remember my mum buying my stepfather the original Sony Walkman (it was the size of the later ones, but was powered by a big separate battery pack) in 1980 for over £100. Whatever the inflation figures are based on, it cannot be the price of electronic goods.

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