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1977 newspaper clip

PostPost by: JonB » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:50 pm

Evening all!

This post relates to Lotuses, sort of.

I recently bought a NOS rear exhaust box from another member and it turned up earlier on this week. I only got round to opening the package just now. In order to protect the chromed tail pipe, it'd been wrapped in newspaper which looks like it's from 1977. I thought it might be a bit of a laugh to unwrap it carefully and see what was printed on it.

What I can see is it's from Northants and there appear to be some adverts for caravans and holidays one one side. I mean, who wouldn't want to stay in a 1977 Sprite Musketeer - the very latest in caravanning style and comfort? On the other side there are nights out adverts: catch a show at the Nite Spot in Bedford (The Rockin' Berries, no less - even Ron Moody "sensational star of the film 'Oliver')!! There's some X-rated movies in there as well - remember those? Super Vixens and Horror Hospital. Schlock horror! Imagine the seedy flea bitten cinema showing those in the late '70s.. :lol: There's even an ad for a wine bar and bistro (look at that 70's font). You can even have a "business lunch" whatever that is.

Remarkable how a tiny piece of paper can be so evocative. And it did a great job protecting the chrome, which looks as new.

Cheers
JonB

PS, here they are..

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Side 1


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Side 2
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:31 am

Back in the very early 80s I bought a Victorian semi in need of total restoration.

Under the upstairs "lino" was a layer of 1950's newspaper that included a road test of a
MGA twin cam by a bloke called Mike Hawthorn.
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PostPost by: M.J.S » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:58 pm

I see Horror Hospital was a 1973 British horror comedy and Supervixens 1977 American soft porn. They're probably so tame by today's standards they'd be shown on lunchtime TV.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:03 pm

Yes, I noted that. Surprising to see them on the same billing - guess films lasted longer back then.
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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:37 pm

Hi John
Glads you are happy with the Exhaust and the free newspaper!!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:10 am

Very cool!

And having grown up on ELO, Doctor Who, Are You Being Served? and the like, I’d LOVE to take a trip back to late ‘70s Britain. :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: JonB » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:42 am

@TheVeg: See if you can get a copy of the BBC drama "Life on Mars". Pure '70s nostalgia.
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