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    Guess the Year #41 (back o' the comics edition)



    Considering the number of years this ad ran you may have some difficutly - but still there are some clues to be found.

    What year? And (optional) why do you think so?

    Oh, and last but not least - has anyone here ever actually seen or grown these things?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    50 cent postage? This looks like 1972.
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    While we're waiting for responses to come in, let's take a moment to discuss truth in advertising.

    I'm sure the company that marketed those 'sea monkeys' was fairly successful when you recall how many years that ad ran. They probably also fulfilled the minimum legal requirements to cover their butts with the disclaimers too - the fine print, after all says "characters shown not intended to depict Artemia". Yeah right. But gosh, those sea creatures shown in the ad sure do look cute! And I'm sure every kid out there reading the ad was well acquainted with Linnaen biological classifications too and fully understood Artemia referred to brine shrimp.....you know, these cute cuddly li'l guys:



    Gotta love the sincere candor in the claim that sea monkeys are "the most adorable, entertaining pets you've ever owned!" I'm sure I'd rather had some of those than, say, a puppy when I was a kid!

    At any rate, the whole 'sea monkeys' concept was pure marketing genius.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Considering the picture of the family (human one, not the sea-monkey one), I'd have to shoot for the year of our Lord 1965.
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    My sibs and I were doing aquariums in the late 60's, so I'll say 1967. (We'd buy frozen brine shrimp to feed the existing fish.)

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    I'm guessing 1972. And YES. I had sea monkeys!

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    Notice the strategic placement of the tail on the father sea monkey

    Spinning the wheel and it lands on..........1968

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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon View post
    Notice the strategic placement of the tail on the father sea monkey
    Concealed seamonkey schlong? (ooh! ooh! band name!!!)

    And who doesn't appreciate our beautiful anthropomorphic mommy seamonkey with her coquettishly crossed legs, fetching hair bow, collagen injected lips, and 'come-hither' eyelashes?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    sea monkeys

    Judging by the 5 digit ZIP code and the art work, I guess about 1964. I never had them, but I remember the adds.
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    how about 1966

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    Hint #1.....look at the last sentence "...seem to dance when you play a record or tape." so we can surmise this particular ad ran at a time when cassette tapes would have been common enough for kiddies to have ready access to a casette player.

    One other important clue has alread been noted by someone else.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Hint #1.....look at the last sentence "...seem to dance when you play a record or tape."
    It could not be an 8 track tape? Oh...then I have to revise my guess.....1979.
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    Edit: 1976

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    Quote Originally posted by Flying Monkeys View post
    It could not be an 8 track tape? Oh...then I have to revise my guess.....1979.
    Reel to reel tape players were big before that, I think I'll go the other way with 1970. But the art? precedes that by a considerable amount.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Concealed seamonkey schlong? (ooh! ooh! band name!!!)
    I think I just died laughing.

    I'll guess 1974.

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    1980....because a $1.25 in the 60s could buy a steak dinner and this was geared towards pre-adolescents who could only get together a little money. Therefore, by 1980 I would surmise that $1.25 was becoming "not much money".
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    1978
    No particular reason

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    I remember seeing this ad on the back of comic books through the early '70s. I'm going to throw a dart and hit...1975!
    My sea monkeys never hatched. The trauma lingers on to this day. Damn you, sea monkey company!
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    I'm going to hazard a guess of 1977.
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    Dang, I remember those ads. Seems like maybe 1974 or so...
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    Like I said this was a tough one. This particular ad ran in 1976. The winner is savemattoon, who managed a save with his 11th hour edit!

    Special recognition, however, goes to Tom R for noting the ad was created after the advent of 5 digit zip codes....ofos was also correct in noting the art was much older than 1979 (Harold Braunhut first started selling 'Amazing Seamonkeys' in 1957 and clearly the art depicting the nuclear family originated from that era - the ad copy and prices is what changed from year to year). Honorable mention also goes to flying monkeys and mendelman for the economic logic/rationale.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    ofos was also correct in noting the art was much older than 1979 (Harold Braunhut first started selling 'Amazing Seamonkeys' in 1957 and clearly the art depicting the nuclear family originated from that era.
    They used that art in children's magazine subscriptions I got as a kid, in the late 80s and early 90s. Clearly the art in those was really timeless.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tresmo View post
    Clearly the art in those was really timeless.
    Yes: the wisdom of Confucius, the writings of Shakespeare, the music of Bach....the art in those 'Amazing Seamonkeys' ads.... all share that certain timeless quality. They all make one feel as if they stand at the precipice of eternity, not unlike gazing upon images from the Hubble Space Telescope.



    I'm going to frame that Seamonkey ad when I get home tonight.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Like I said this was a tough one. This particular ad ran in 1976. The winner is savemattoon, who managed a save with his 11th hour edit!
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Yes: the wisdom of Confucius, the writings of Shakespeare, the music of Bach....the art in those 'Amazing Seamonkeys' ads.... all share that certain timeless quality. They all make one feel as if they stand at the precipice of eternity, not unlike gazing upon images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

    I'm going to frame that Seamonkey ad when I get home tonight.
    OMG, Maister, you better pray that your next mandatory drug test doesn't come up any time soon!
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