The late 1970’s had its’ fair share of interesting food offerings. Due to increased food prices (AKA, inflation) and the increased demand for cheap, easy and convenient meals, the likes of Swanson TV Dinners, Chef Boy-ar-dee and moms’ Mac-n-Cheese were popular table choices.
At my suburban household we had certain nights dedicated to all-american food staples – taco night (my favorite!), pizza night, meat loaf night, fried chicken night, pot roast night (my dads’ favorite!). And all the food fare was pretty standard for the time – Velveeta, Crisco, Wonder Bread. In fact, Velveeta was so prevalent in our house that I was unaware that there were any other cheeses available until I went to collage! And although I now indulge in a multitude of amazing cheeses today, I still occasionally get that craving for the creamy yummy-ness of a grilled cheese sandwich made with Velveeta!
Sugar Free Tab. The diet soda that stopped me from drinking ANYTHING diet until 2003. I SWEAR, the after-taste STILL lingers! One calorie never did such a great job keeping me away from Coke and Pepsi. Or anything cola for that matter. Ya’ think that coupon is still good?
And now for two very important products introduced to us in the late 70’s – the Presto FryDaddy and the Kodak EK6 instant camera. Yes, I’m aware that these two fantastic inventions don’t really have anything in common – on the surface. You see, it turned out to be one very sweet Christmas in 1978 when our family found BOTH these fine items under our tree. Of course the FryDaddy turned out to be a nightmare to clean and the camera film was quite pricey, but none-the-less, I loved them both dearly!
Ahhh, avocado. What an AMAZING marketing invention! Who knew that burnt green-colored appliances would be such a hit! The frenzy started in the mid 60’s, but didn’t really take hold until the early 70’s. Along with Cornflower Yellow and Brilliant Orange, these 3 color combos could be found in almost any kitchen, bathroom, or in my case, bedroom in America. Of course, my mom added her own flair to the color fad – white daisies! Our bathroom, our kitchen (my bedroom) – all Avocado Green, Cornflower Yellow, Brilliant Orange and White Daisies everywhere! Oh, yes, along with gold fixtures. Gaudy much? Love that Avocado appliance!
Now the LeCar is something I remember – it was most certainly all the rage in 1977. With the country still reeling from the gas crisis, consumers were hot to buy economy/compact/gas-saving vehicles and the LeCar by Renault fit the bill. Looking back on it now, it really didn’t seem to be a car that was built to last though. Which could explain why you never see a restored LeCar on the road these days – now a bitchin’ Camero, THAT you can still find on the road.
I will admit it, I was a big fan of Marie and Donnie Osmond in the early 1970’s. But this is one product I never knew existed – The Marie Osmond Skin-Care Line, brought to you courtesy of Kmart.