Back-of-the-Magazine Boys’ Life AdsBy Rocky Thompson on February 18th, 2013
Did you ever send in $2 to get the plans to build a hovercraft? Or perhaps the x-ray glasses “guaranteed to work or your money back” were your first lesson in the sleaze of marketers. The excellent blog Dinosaur Dracula takes a fond look back at the back-page ads run in 80s Boys’ Life magazines. My parents would never let me throw away my birthday money on these survival knives and switchblades, which is perhaps why I’d still like to buy about half of the things advertised here. Also, if you don’t have Dino Drac on your reader (and you’re a child of the late-70s early 80s) it’s worth following.