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Today in Random 1970s Full-Page Comic Book Ad Potpourri (INCLUDES MONKEYS)

March 28, 2012

Comic book pages like these (this one came from Amazing Adventures #7) were truly the adolescent Amazon.coms of their day. Under what other roof could you find your model rockets, hypno-coins, bodybuilding courses, magic kits and OH GOD THEY’RE SELLING SQUIRREL MONKEYS.

I have to say, that’s a new one for me, one that I’ve never noticed before — more due to my inattention than its oddness. “If you want to watch a creature with a more developed consciousness than a Sea-Monkey wither and die before your very eyes, HAVE WE GOT A PRODUCT FOR YOU.” Did they come wearing little suits? Did the seller make sure to poke air-holes in the shipping containers? Was this legal? The cup runneth over with questions.

For more verbiage devoted to the thriving 1970s squirrel monkey market, there’s a good little piece here. The article contains actual honest-t0-God tragicomic tales of real-life mail-order simian pets (including, yes, monkeys riding dogs like horses), and some answers to the questions posed above. EXCELSIOR.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    April 15, 2012 5:12 am

    I got a venus fly trap at the store. Believe it or not. I managed to kill it.

    • April 18, 2012 8:32 pm

      My grandfather had one. It was crazy when it would catch a live fly, because you could see it wiggling in the pod when it was backed by light. If it’s any consolation, that one died too.

  2. Donna L permalink
    July 6, 2012 9:18 am

    We actually had a squirrel monkey from an ad like this.

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