June
29th 2014
Blast from the past: Evel (whooo!) Knievel!

Posted under: American history, art, childhood, fluff, weirdness

I’m having serious (and completely drug-free) flashbacks to my 1970s childhood courtesy of this advertisement, which I found at AdViews in the Duke University Libraries’ Digital Collections:

“You can see that they’re build solid, flashy, and hip.”

Now I want that 10-speed that Evel wobbles around on as he tries to stay upright and get his lines right. (It’s going to be a kind of Evel Knievel summer for me, as I’m going to spend part of August rafting on the Snake River!) Check out AdViews for some nostalgic laughs: Mike Wallace pimping Parliament Cigarettes! “The extra rich shampoo,” Prell! (Don’t miss the hairdos made out of Prell lather.) Fresca! Ask yourself: what would you trade for a new ’71 Superfast?

Spend valuable time today clicking through their collection. (Pretend you’re in American Studies, so it counts as research, m’kay?)

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3 Responses to “Blast from the past: Evel (whooo!) Knievel!”

  1. truffula on 29 Jun 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    That Fresca! commercial is something else. “Sugar free…but alive!”

  2. Matt_L on 30 Jun 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Hmmm. Toddler M needs a bicycle. I am wondering what the odds are of finding any of those Evel Knievel bikes at a yard sale. A weekend project for this summer. (Although given the lousy build quality of AMF products, it would be a wonder if they made it out of the 1980s intact…)

  3. Indyanna on 12 Jul 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Prell. Wow! Just the sound of it resonates the aroma, and the luxe. I missed this post while going offshore, so I’m going to list this comment under “archival catch-up” in my post-trip report to the department lifestyle officer.

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