--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, doctordumbass@...  wrote:
> Very Cool! Solves the X-ray specs question! I remember two novelty
items I had, though neither was purchased from the back of a comic book.
One was what looked like a machine for rolling "cigarettes", where a
blank piece of paper the size of a dollar bill was concealed inside. I'd
ask someone for a dollar, saying I'd smooth it out for them - out would
come plain paper instead! The other one was an Uncle Fester lightbulb,
from the Addams Family show. I'd put it in my mouth, with a penny on my
tongue (no worries about choking hazards back then), and the lightbulb
would light up!
What a kid you are, I love it.
I too, was an avid comic book reader as a kid. We were living in Germany
at the time (1966-1969) and I could only get US comics from the PX down
near Frankfurt so they were a bit hard to come by as we lived north of
that. I don't even remember why my mom was allowed to shop there as we
weren't military but I had my special stacks of comics in my wardrobe
(no closets in the German houses back then) and I, too, thought
longingly of those sea monkeys, the X ray specs and a few other goodies
but knew that ordering them from the States would have been a bigger
deal than if I lived in the US, plus, some little part of me figured
these things were not all they were cracked up to be and I would be
I also loved those Addams Family cartoons, so morbid and dark and the
illustrations were fabulous. I always had a fascination for the macabre
and still do, so they appealed to me very much as a kid.

> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Seraphita" s3raphita@ wrote:
> >
> > Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!
> > Doc, you might want to check out this book. Click the link, then
> > on the Look Inside option and scroll down. This is a real Aladdin's
> > of the sort of tacky products that fired the imaginations of
> > impressionable kids back in the day. It also shows the reality of
> > gullible buyers actually ended up with. I'm going to have to order a
> > copy!
> >
> > X
> > > > 6X>
> >
> >
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, doctordumbass@  wrote:
> > >
> > > I always wanted the Sea Monkeys, or the X-Ray glasses.
> > >
> >

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