Monday, April 16, 2012

"Hey guys, check out my +2 Sweater Vest of Protection!"1

Oh, if only I had come across this photo last fall when I was putting together the Halloween Countdown series!

This fine-looking fellow is sporting a gold-colored Man's Sleeveless Slipover, the directions for which are included in the April 1972 issue of The Workbasket. Adding this slipover to an already questionable early '70s outfit clearly makes things go from worse to worsted.2

Other highlights of this issue of The Workbasket include Nimble Thimble, an "ingenious" gold-plated thimble with a spring-grip attachment; an advertisement for the amazing Hollywood grapefruit diet; something called the "3-Faced Doll" that I was too scared to examine more closely; a recipe for nosegay cupcakes; and an advertisement touting savings of 50 percent on more than three dozen new models of accordions.3

Footnotes
1. Yes, I'm aware that this reference doesn't make sense within the space-time continuum. The original Dungeons & Dragons was not published until 1974, while this photo was published in 1972. Still, the joke was too good to pass up, time paradoxes aside. Meanwhile, if you're interested in the history of armor class in D&D, check out this post by MerricB on the EN World message boards. Who's the nerd now?
2. Thank you. I'll be here all week.
3. The accordion makes a cameo appearance in the fabulous Cello Wars Lightsaber Duel video, which we recently came across on YouTube. If you haven't seen it, it comes with the highest recommendation.

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