--- 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 disappointed. 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 click > > on the Look Inside option and scroll down. This is a real Aladdin's cave > > of the sort of tacky products that fired the imaginations of > > impressionable kids back in the day. It also shows the reality of what > > gullible buyers actually ended up with. I'm going to have to order a > > copy! > > http://www.amazon.com/Mail-Order-Mysteries-Real-Stuff-Comic/dp/160887026\ \ > > X > > > > 6X> > > > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, doctordumbass@ wrote: > > > > > > I always wanted the Sea Monkeys, or the X-Ray glasses. > > > > > >