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Product Manual Archive Gives Us a Glimpse of Gadgets of Yesteryear

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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]

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The fallout shelter one cracks me up....

"Families living in rural or sparsely settled areas...." As though the commies are going to nuke Ottumwa, Iowa (grape nehi sodas were particularly popular there).

I'm with Doodah on the lettering thing. Before WYSIWIG on the Mac, can you imagine being limited to about 20 typefaces?