Saturday, July 2, 2016

You never know what you'll find in the fine print (especially in the 70s)

The August 1977 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction contains — in addition to a novella by Greg Benford, a science column by Isaac Asimov, a cartoon by Gahan Wilson, and a full-page advertisement for Dungeons & Dragons — a little classified advertisement section at the back of the book.

Titled "Marketplace," it contains the usual advertisements for people looking to buy and sell out-of-print books.

But some of the other items are strange, obscure or creepy. Here's a rundown:

  • "STARTRIPPING" Epic SFantasy novel in comics form. Thick, high quality stock, color cover and dust jacket! 1.50, make checks payable to David Reulet. Send to Dave Reulet and Dragon Grafix, RD #6, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12066. [Me: Does anyone have this book??]
  • HOROSCOPE: Send birth date/place/Time - $10.00: Keddy, Box 203, Oquossoc, Maine, 04964 [Me: $10 in 1977 is the equivalent of $40 today. Yikes!]
  • DATES GALORE! Meet singles - anywhere. Call DATELINE, toll-free (800) 451-3245
  • MAD SCIENTIST and lovely assistant seek fascinating new acquaintances. So. Cal. P.O. 367, Sunset Beach, CA 90742. [Me: Um.]
  • BEAUTIFUL MEXICAN GIRLS needing American boy-friends. Details, Photos "Free." World, Box 3876-Fan, San Diego, CA 92103
  • ESP LABORATORY. This new research service group can help you. For FREE information write: AL G. Manning, ESP Laboratory, 7559 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90046
  • AMAZING TIBETAN EYE CHART. Helps eliminate glasses. $2.00. Donley, Box 988D Port Hueneme, California.
  • Join organization for world freedom. Terry, 3482 Marques Court, 94546

It would be interesting to check in with some of these folks, nearly 40 years later. I'm especially interested in how Terry's efforts are going.

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