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ES Moonball Circa 1965--for Old Codgers

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#1 Chesterguy1

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 12:33 PM

My folks bought me this from this Edmond Scientific in 1965 or 1966. Despite much misuse in childhood like throwing it as a dodgeball at my brothers and other unsavory acts it has survived and is roughly 55 years old. Any of the other old codgers here have one of these?

 

Why waste your time outside battling humidity and mosquitos when you can sketch this in the comfort of your own home? It's hard to see, but the bottom half (darkside) is filled with moon facts. The abuse adds a kind of wear and tear patina that mimics the wear and tear on the moon itself. I'm also including the ES catalog entry.

 

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 12:40 PM

Wow I had one just like that one when I was about 11 years old back in 1965.  Thanks for the fond memory of a better time.



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 12:48 PM

I cant tell for sure, but by the last sentence, are you offering to sell this?

 

Thanx!

 

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 01:02 PM

I love the prices for things back then !  When a buck was a buck.


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Posted 30 August 2019 - 03:08 PM

Never owned one of those moonballs, but man, do I ever remember those catalogs!


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 06:15 AM

$2.50 Post Paid!


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 08:40 AM

$2.50 Post Paid!

So, accounting for inflation (I asked Google) that would be $19.75, post paid, today.  :lol:

 

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 11:33 AM

I know, when did the term postpaid disappear? Ahhh, the good old days where you'd save your money and give it to your mom who would fill in the order form with a pen, write a check and put a stamp on the envelope and then you'd wait, and wait, and wait. As a kid, it always seemed like an eternity to get something shipped. No package tracking, no two-day shipping and only hope that you items would be in stock and sent.

 

Any of you do the Estes Rockets mail ordering as well? Eventually they began carrying them in my local hobby shop, but by then I had moved on?

 

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 11:28 AM

I know, when did the term postpaid disappear? Ahhh, the good old days where you'd save your money and give it to your mom who would fill in the order form with a pen, write a check and put a stamp on the envelope and then you'd wait, and wait, and wait. As a kid, it always seemed like an eternity to get something shipped. No package tracking, no two-day shipping and only hope that you items would be in stock and sent.

 

Any of you do the Estes Rockets mail ordering as well? Eventually they began carrying them in my local hobby shop, but by then I had moved on?

 

Chesterguy

Yes, I remember that!



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 11:58 AM

 

Any of you do the Estes Rockets mail ordering as well? Eventually they began carrying them in my local hobby shop, but by then I had moved on?

Yes. Gave it up years ago, but one rocket has survived the intervening decades and sits on a bookcase full of science fiction novels. 


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:57 PM

What a marvelous keepsake. Does anyone know of anyone producing relief globes of the moon these days?  I have the S&T moon globe.  It's nice but a relief version would be phenomenal. 



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Posted 04 September 2019 - 01:47 PM

I know, when did the term postpaid disappear? Ahhh, the good old days where you'd save your money and give it to your mom who would fill in the order form with a pen, write a check and put a stamp on the envelope and then you'd wait, and wait, and wait. As a kid, it always seemed like an eternity to get something shipped. No package tracking, no two-day shipping and only hope that you items would be in stock and sent.

 

Any of you do the Estes Rockets mail ordering as well? Eventually they began carrying them in my local hobby shop, but by then I had moved on?

 

Chesterguy

There were three waiting periods. One was for your order form and check to get to the vendor. Maybe use air mail? Then the vendor had to process the order. And finally the item was sent to you. That whole process was generally 3 weeks minimum!


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Posted 29 September 2019 - 10:20 PM

Yes. Gave it up years ago, but one rocket has survived the intervening decades and sits on a bookcase full of science fiction novels. 

Let's hear it for Sci Fi stories, novels, and movies. What do some call it -- "Theater of the Mind?"

 

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Or was that radio drama (before television)?

 

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 10:57 PM

I live (and have most of my life) within 15-20 minutes from the Edmund Scientific factory and retail store (closed since early 2000s).  What a great place to go and spend hours just looking at everything! 

 

It was a science store to beat anything you could think of. They had their line of telescopes on display from the 3” reflector, to the tall and long 3” and 4” refractors,  and up to the massive 8” f/8 reflector on a GEM pedestal mount.

 

In a large back room, they had tons and tons of surplus items. Tools, switches, motors, lenses, components... it never ended and there were always new stuff coming in. And the prices were low for those items.

 

I just loved going there. If they were still opened I’d go every weekend.


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