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Vintage Scan #13: 1977 Science Textbook


I recently came across an old science textbook and immediately fell in love with the photographs throughout. Each page features distinctly seventies children in distinctly seventies environments.  A beautiful thing to behold.

Today's textbook illustrations are much better than they used to be. Many of you may remember that all the old textbooks were low on informative illustrations and graphics, but full of pictures of a melting pot of children doing God knows what. My son's science book is brimming with amazing pictures and lush illustrations; whereas, my old science book had pictures of crap like kids blowing bubbles or kids watering plants.


Thirty years later, I actually prefer the old textbooks; however, at the time, they were less than exciting. And it was the same for all subjects, from math to social studies -page after page of bell bottomed kids in hush-puppies.

But take a look at that picture above. Damn! It's no wonder I love the seventies - it was a decade like no other.  Even the science book photos make you do a double take.  (This is actually from a section on how your lungs expand and contract.)

Take a minute to enjoy some more images from this 1977 grade school text. The "seventies-ness" will take your breath away.







5 comments:

  1. I used to LOVE my textbooks that looked like this. I was in grade school in the mid-late 80's, but my private school obviously didn't update their textbooks. The majority of them looked like this, straight out of 1977. I remember being fascinated by this 70's world that looked sorta like the present, but not quite. It was stuff like this that spawned my love all things retro.

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  2. 2nd attempt at leaving a comment:

    What's with the long-haired hippie kid with the bong?

    "My son's science book is brimming with amazing pictures and lush illustrations; whereas, my old science book had pictures of crap like kids blowing bubbles or kids watering plants." You are so right! Man, I'd forgotten about that. Gilligan's amazing brain, remembers more than I'll ever forget.
    RetroHound.com

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  4. Great illustrations. BTW Is your blog a blast of the past or something?
    lol

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  5. If you like this, you guys should check out Look Around you - it's basically the TV series version of this for people who had English science videos to watch at school in the 80s and 90s.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2k9JwGpm1w

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