Hello, one and all! It’s Mrs. Crankipants bidding you a joyous greeting from a time before the internet, a time of three television networks, a time of diminishing expectations and a time that a million hack comedians were all attempting to make it rich doing impressions of the current president. It was 1973, and at the very least, I had my swingy denim jean bag!
This was an ad that appeared in an issue of Current Events from December of 1973. Current Events was a cheaply printed news publication presented by Xerox and distributed to grade school classrooms under the guise of being a supplement to a civics or social studies course. It had news and entertainment articles aimed at children in between ads for paperback books, encyclopedias and the jean bag above. I think it’s real purpose was to give teachers a chance to smoke a butt or catch 20 winks in the teachers’ lounge while the kiddies were reading about oil embargoes, inflation and once in a lifetime events that they would surely tell their grandchildren about: