Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

1960's Welcome Back Kit

Welcomepac James has been out of commission for about a week - not only due to the holiday, but his internet access got conked out.  He'll be posting again in the next few days, so here's a post to welcome him back.

As you can imagine, I've given more than my fair share of novelty gifts.  Often they're cheap, only fun for the length of the party (if you're lucky) - but if they're kept at all, they can be a little souvenir of good times.  The 60's abounded with strange little boxed novelty kits, and this is one of the strangest. 

The Welcome Pac (their spelling, not mine) has cute greeting card quality graphics proclaiming it's being perfect for home comings and red carpet occasions, by including party favors, brass band, and even Tums antacid & aspirin.  1968 was the space age after all, so perhaps the little box also had some special tablets that only required a few drops of water to create an instant party?

Welcomepaccontents_1 No space age good times here.  The stuff in the box embraces another 60's concept - that of the "mini".  The noisemakers and confetti are full sized, but the rest of the package is a pile of toy food, a mini red carpet, and other doll-sized party accoutrements.

I'd hate to think that there's something here that I'm just not getting - I can only hope that the kit is just not very funny.  Maybe I should simply down the 40 year old aspirin, have a quiet miniature celebration and just call it a day.

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