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Monday, January 09, 2012

A little "creative marketing" from Madison Avenue:

What was advertised:


What you got:

10 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

This is one thing from the 70s I never had. I always wanted to order them out of the back of the Archie Comics, but never did. :(

joe said...

I thought they looked too creepy to ever want them.
I'd heard they didn't look like that anyway. As I was looking at the ad yesterday, I saw the fine print at the bottom that said creatures shown not intended to depict artemia salina, so I googled "artemia salina". I had no idea until yesterday that's what they really were.

JSusskind said...

I knew they were a ripoff, but I got them anyway because I was that curious. I would have been happy with little plastic statues of the humanoid Sea Monkeys, now I'm just waiting for some enterprising Etsy seller to make some.

Janet said...

I had them when I was a kid, and a few years ago I moved into a really retro house, so my sister bought me some for a housewarming gift. After a while, I needed more food, so I went to their website, but you couldn't order off the site, all you could do was print out a form and mail it to the Transcience Corporation in Bryans Road, Maryland. So I did, and got back a hand-addressed envelope with the food packet in it. Leading me to conclude that it is always 1976 in Bryans Road, Maryland.

joe said...

JSuss: You and Janet are the only people I know of who actually got them. I didn't want them because the picture of them on the ad kind of creeped me out a little..

Janet: So what exactly does artemia salina feed on??? On another note, I always wanted to turn one of my rooms into a retro room, and have shag carpet installed, and furnish it with only things from that period (artwork, furniture, etc.).

ChiTown Girl said...

Oh my hell, Joe! When that room is finished, I want an invitation to come see it!!!

Brooks Rownd said...

Seamonkeys! I inherited my uncles stack of Richie Rich comics in the late 70's, and was enchanted by the magical Sea Monkeys ads. I eventually got my mother to send in the slip, and we soon had a jar of Sea Monkeys. They were so tiny I didn't even bother to try to squint in there and see what they really looked like - as long as I could see them moving in there I was imagining something like the advertisement artwork. Unfortunately my mother shoved the jar of Sea Monkeys behind another jar on the counter one day, and by the time we re-discovered them they were long dead. :(

Janet said...

They eat a mysterious greenish powder. What is in it? Who can say. They seemed to swim around faster when you put it in the water, though.

If I remember correctly, you could/can also send in money for a different powder that makes the sea monkeys a bit redder, and somehow therefore better.

For all the silliness of the marketing, I will say that Sea Monkeys were *slightly* more interesting than Magic Rocks. :)

joe said...

CTG: I think a nice lime-green shag carpet and some burnt orange and avocado-colored decor would be awesome. I'd probably pass on the dark imitation pine-paneling wallboard though

Brooks: that's so sad...

Janet: I bet it was algae, or something like that

Sunnydaze said...

I was always curious about the sea monkeys from the ads in the back of comic books but never got them. It reminds me of the x-ray glasses and the super elastic bubble plastic ads, too.

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