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My sister gave her old Toot-a-Loop radio to me a few years ago. I've never played it other than to insert a 9-volt battery in it to make sure it still works, but it makes a fun 70s novelty piece. The Toot-a-Loop was produced in Japan for Panasonic during the 70s, and was a doughnut shaped AM radio that opened up into an "S" shape. It was available in several bright colors and as you can see from the ad above, served double duty as a bracelet (a very heavy, clunky and impractable one; trust me, I tried it) and as a pacifier (very odd.)
One thing that amuses me in the ad above is the caption under the old man: "Hear rock and roll. And music." Because rock and roll is not music...at least, not to the senior set. I love the Panasonic tagline "just slightly ahead of our time"...I suppose if you think about it, they were trying to come up with a way of making music portable, even though Sony would later perfect it with the iconic Walkman player.
Did I say one ad too good not to share? Make that two--I love the colorful collection of products that Panasonic was promoting at the time from the spread below. I think these were also known as "poppies." No doubt many of these are collector's items today, and sure would make for some groovy decor.
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