For those of us who don't remember life before the NES, Boing Boing uncovered a collection of vintage instruction manuals, ads, hang tags and more, which give us a glimpse of gadgets from the past.

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Included in these clippings are lessons on how to build fallout shelters in case of emergencies, and my personal favorite, headphones, now available with a "new coiled cord!" Check out a gallery of our favorite retro gizmos below, or head over to the Product Manual Archive to check out the ongoing collection! [Product Manual Archive via BoingBoing]