The Herald 27 Oct 77: pages 1-24

Ever wanted to go back in time to your childhood? I do…although its possible I never really left it! Here’s a way to do it:

Step 1: Get an old newspaper. Rip up the lino on your kitchen floor, you’ll usually find newspapers there. Alternatively buy one from a specialist newspaper archive. I purchased The Herald (a Melbourne broadsheet published from 1840 to 1990) dated October 27 1977, the day Star Wars opened in Australia.

Step 2: Make yourself a cup of International Roast and put on an ELO record. Open the newspaper and see the world of 1977 unfold before your eyes. I skipped straight to the ad for Star Wars that got me so excited when I was twelve. I remember scrapbooking it that day - the first of many newspaper cuttings. But it seems to have disappeared over the years.

Who needs a Tardis for time travel when you can have an old newspaper:

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  1. this is GOLD!
    Back in the days when:
    * Channel 10 was Channel 0
    * cigarettes were allowed to be advertised in papers and magazines
    * instead of "Target Country" there were Coles variety stores in every suburb and medium to large country town, each one had a lolly bar up the front and the bigger Coles stores (eg. Bourke St, Frankston, Dandenong, Coburg, Footscray, Prahran, Bendigo & Shepparton) had a cafeteria where the food was second to none!
    * you could get dresses for $6.99
    * the AFL was the VFL and had 12 clubs, all based in Victoria, Fitzroy and South Melbourne were based in Melbourne instead of shafted up north.
    * Kmarts were bloody huge!
    * flares were in fashion
    * ABBA always ended Countdown (ie. had lots of #1 singles), and as soon as Gavin Wood said "Good Night Australia!" was the weather report, I loved the harmonica instrumental that accompanied it, that was cool!
    * 3RRR was 3RMIT-FM

    1. Yes, its great to see it all again. One thing that surprised me is how little sport news there is.. A few pages and thats it

  2. also:
    * all the networks' (even the ABC) nightly news services showed comprehensive horse racing highlights and TAB prices every night
    * Brian Naylor was on Channel 7
    * country TV viewers only had the ABC and one commercial channel
    * for comprehensive football reports you bought "The Sporting Globe"
    * watching Tattslotto draws on Saturday nights on Channel 7 were a weekly viewing highlight
    * The Penthouse Club, complete with crosses to the Showgrounds trots.
    * car radios were AM only, AM/FM models were in more expensive cars.
    * Hoyts had suburban cinemas in Bentleigh, Malvern and Camberwell, while Village had Geelong, Rivoli Camberwell, Doncaster (all still operating and much bigger than back then), Corio Geelong (closed 1984) and Frankston
    * red rattlers were common sights on our railways
    * trains, trams, buses and electricity often went on strike.
    * During power restrictions, TV stations only transmitted between 6pm and 8pm.