Wind up clock.....it glowed green at night and had a really loud alarm!!

My mom and dad had a wind up chime alarm clock just like this one sitting on their nightstand when I was growing up. It was a Westclox Big Ben. After I got married I bought one, only smaller, the Westclox Baby Ben.

In The Guardian, Alexis Petridis penned a fantastic reflection on the UK’s scary public information films of the 1960s to 1980s. For more than 60 years, the government’s Central Office of Information (COI) created FUD-fostering films about talking to strangers, playing with matches, sticking things in electric outlets, rabies, slippery floors, etc. The COI was shut down last week due to funding cuts.

"Charlie Says." Don't talk to strangers, always ask mum, don't play with matches. Those adverts scared the life out of me, but I loved the way the cat ate the fish. This advert has many good lessons for children but very dated

Ceefax - Precursor to the internet! Only totally infuriating!!!

Before Digital TV, there was Ceefax - Precursor to the internet! Only totally infuriating!

Joe and Petunia, 1970s

Public information adverts - Joe & Petunia ( Coastguard info ad) Joe sees a man drowning but Petunia only has eyes for the Lifeguard. Loved these films, classy and they did what they were supposed

VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1980s RUBIKS BARREL PUZZLE - I liked it cos I could actually solve this one on my own!

VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1980s RUBIKS BARREL PUZZLE

Casio Calculator Watch. I had one of these - who knew its be the precursor to my geeky love of all things electronic?

Casio calculator watch includes an calculator, dual time zones, stopwatch, alarm, 5 year battery and automatic perpetual calendar.

GINGERBREAD MAN Ladybird Book Series 777 Read It Yourself

GINGERBREAD MAN Ladybird Book Series 777 Read It Yourself Level 4 Gloss Hardback 1987

Tee hee . . We thought we were millionaire s . . With our five pounds!

The pride you felt on opening this little blue book to see how your savings were doing.

St. Ivel Gold. This stuff was bloody awful and smelled like wax crayons when it melted on your toast!

Some people favoured quite fancy desserts, some liked nice comfort desserts

I'd forgotten all about this sort of glass yet it was everywhere in the seventies. I still have these

I'd forgotten all about this sort of glass yet it was everywhere in the seventies.

My brain is exploding with having just remembered Magic Sand!

Vintage Magic Sand Novelty Toy 1981 Wham-o New in Bottle Sealed w/ tags Genie Bright Yellow.via Etsy.

Animal Kwackers... 1970s Childrens' TV Programme... The stuff nightmares were made of. i remember one christmas morning they visited a childrens hospital on tv, must have scared the kids something rotten

I vaguely remember this. It does seem a little creepy now but of course there were plenty of people dressing up as animals (Banana Splits) and wombles and singing to kids in the so maybe we took it in our stride

The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

The golden age of British sweets - in pictures

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