WHAT’S NEW (Feb, 1970)

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WHAT’S NEW

A CALL GIRL FOR YOUR HOME.

Available in black, white, and psychedelic swirls to accommodate every taste, the Call Girl shown here is a working phone marketed by Classics Inc., 241 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wis. 53202. Fits over your home phone. Black or white models are $40, psychedelic $50. Should be a big hit with the Missus.

HOW FAST WAS HE GOING AT THE TIME?

A new, collapsible motorcycle has been developed by the Honda company. When the pieces are put together, it is an all-purpose lightweight bike. When you’re ready to go home, the “Dax 70″ can be taken apart and carried in your car trunk- VOLKSWAGEN’S MEDI-CAR PLAN.

Each buyer of a 1970 VW will be given four coupons good for a series of 45-minute to hour-long diagnostic checkups at 6000-mile intervals. Each dealer will have one or more diagnostic lanes to find tuneup and warranty-covered ills.

THE CONSIDERATE PRODUCT.

A clever photographer has captured the spirit of Vent-Away, American-Standard’s odorless toilet “for considerate people.”

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Grisly road sign was put up before a treacherous curve by Austrian officials as a last resort to slow speeders.

PORTABLE BLIMP BASE.

Rare photo shows Goodyear blimp “America” moored to a portable mooring mast carried on a tractor-trailer. Trailer contains mobile maintenance shop.

LOOK MA, NO STRINGS.

A battery-powered Cordless Electric Mower has been Introduced by Black & Decker. The 18-inch reel type mower can cut 10,000 square feet of lawn on a single charge. Overnight battery charger that operates on house current is included in $129.95 list price.

RUNNING A RUC.

Chrysler Corp. is testing its Riverine Utility Craft (RUC) for the Navy on Lake St. Clair, near Detroit. It uses a set of revolving pontoons to move through water, swamps, and muck. Rotsa rue!

HEY, BERT, PROGRAM ANOTHER DEFENSIVE END!

An ingenious new football helmet by Riddell Inc., 2720 S. Des Plaines Ave., Des Plaines, III. 60018, uses 12 air pads instead of the usual nylon web suspension; they are claimed to be more effective in absorbing impacts. The Micro-Fit helmet is adjusted for exact fit by inflating the pads from the outside.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.

A “legal expert” is shown placing an aluminum “reference plate” under the bikini tops of three models on the French Riviera to prove that the new cotton bathing suit will allow one to get a tan right through it.

10 comments
  1. Al Bear says: February 23, 20093:27 am

    That call girl phone is so classy! It’ll feel right at home at the Vanderbilt Estate at Martha’s Vineyard.

  2. Mike says: February 23, 20099:00 am

    I think the call girl phone would look great next to the leg lamp.

    I saw a show where a service used those collapsible motorcycles to help people too drunk to drive. I believe it was in the U.K, if someone was too drunk to drive they would call this service, the service would send a person out on one of those bikes to the drunk person. The person would take apart his bike, place the bike in the drunk person’s car and drive the car and the drunk person home. He would then reassemble his bike and drive back to the service. The car and the drunk are both home.

  3. Al says: February 23, 20099:07 am

    The show you’re thinking of was i believe “Top Gear”. Two of the presenters (James May and Richard Hammond) used the service as a means of test-driving a bunch of different everyday cars – more for comedy than as anything else.

    Quite funny, actually.

    ajr

  4. LightningRose says: February 23, 20095:51 pm

    Here’s a 1920′s snowmobile design similar to the RUC.

    http://www.liveleak.com…

  5. Charlie says: February 23, 20096:03 pm

    LightningRose: That’s pretty awesome looking. It kind of reminds me of this:
    http://www.youtube.com/…

  6. Torgo says: February 24, 20091:24 am

    From Classics, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Available in white and black.

    I wonder if they still have any in stock?

  7. MrG says: February 24, 20094:00 pm

    Yeah, the Call Girl made me remember some guys I knew who would take one look at it and think:
    “WOW! I want one!” I also recall cruising on Amazon.com and finding the “USB Humping Dog”. It’s a little plastic dog with a USB connector … well, never mind where it is … that you plug into a USB port and it … well, never mind what it does. Somebody commented: “Adds a touch of sophistication and class to your $5,000 laptop!” Cheers — MrG / http://www.vectorsite.n…

  8. D says: February 24, 20094:53 pm

    @Mike

    That was Top Gear.
    Captain Slow and The Hamster did that bit with their usual style and panache.

  9. Charlene says: February 25, 200912:25 am

    MrG – via Youtube: The USB Humping Dog.

  10. MrG says: February 25, 20097:29 pm

    Oh, Charlene that was not necessary … that one was 75 seconds. The other vid, with four USB HDs and a quad USB expansion module, was only 15 seconds. “We get the picture here … somebody actually bought FOUR of these things?!”

    I’ve just got into YouTube, mostly for miltech and industrial videos. The run of the mill YouTube videos tend to make them look sparkling in comparison. Cheers — MrG / http://www.vectorsite.n…

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