Thursday Thirteen: 1970s PayDay Deals
Payday came out in the 1970s, and saw a brief burst in popularity; it was a pretty standard move-pay-move-earn game, with similar buying/borrowing/earning methods as Monopoly. It had two sets of cards: one, cards representing mail -- could be bills, could be a postcard -- and there were the Deal cards: similar to Monopoly properties, these were purchased, then sold for profit if a buyer was found.
The Deal cards were my favorite: they were excellent examples of 1970s popular illustration style, full of balloony curves, wiggly lines, and watercolory washes created by illustration pens and markers. Here's Thirteen (there were only a couple more):
Pros: Get to wear a paper hat.
Cons: Standing outside; Getting health code citations.
Image: Classy, but the umbrella is too small, unless the only citation is to keep the sun off the buns.
John Smith's Autograph
Pros: It's the John Smith - you know how rarely he gave out autographs?
Cons: Who the heck cares about John Smith's John Hancock?
Image: GAH! John Smith -- he's invisible! His curly 'S' is awfully charming for a disembodied spirit, though.
800lbs Copper Pipe
Pros:The price of copper has gone through the freakin' roof -- $300 is a steal; 800lbs should be worth a couple thousand bucks on today's market.
Cons: Where does a 800lb pile of scrap metal sit? Wherever it's at, 'cuz you ain't gonna move it on your own.
Image: It looks more like hollow logs: check for badgers first.
Pros:Easy to transport; gives air of sophistication.
Cons: Only nerds collect stamps, you nerd.
Image: They shouldn't have left their stamp collection out in the rain.
Used Sports Car
Pros:Cool guys drive sportscars.
Cons: That giant band-aid on the car's butt ain't gonna get chicks.
Image: Hilariously 'used' -- this is one of my favorite cards. The missing tooth, the mismatched colors, it looks like it went three rounds with George Forman.
Pros: Fresh air in the great outdoors is good for you.
Cons: You accidentally bought the bear-attracting model of camper. Count the kids.
Image: The cranky bear is excellent -- note you can't see its feet. That bear is riding on the camper.
Pros: Less nerdy than stamps.
Cons: You know half will end up on the traintracks smooshed flat before the summer is over.
Image: More detail than the stamps; they actually look coiny!
Two Acres, Vacationland
Pros: You have a place for your camper's bear to run free.
Cons: Wal-Mart needs a place to build. Hello eminent domain!
Image: Done in a very seventies-ish illustration style that's still emulated today, like this litter sign.
Pros: More valuable than a used sportscar.
Cons: Those flowers are actually growing up through the floorboards.
Image: More of that great seventies style -- I'd pay $350 for a car like that.
Pros: There's actually bottle collectors who'll trade their grandma for one of these.
Cons: You'll experience an event worthy of a classic movie; sadly, it will be reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy, starting at the top of the stairs and ending up in the emergency room.
Image: While the image isn't exciting, it really does give the feel of old, collectible bottles -- and that transparency is excellent.
Pros: You can actually make a buttload of money on reselling unclaimed shipments.
Cons: That furniture was abandoned for a really good reason.
Image: Huge pink stars on the upholstery -- how can you lose?
Pros: Green Acres is the place to be!
Cons: No electric starter. Shout out to my farmin' homies who know what I mean.
Image: Now that's a tractor -- it's made up of so many non-tractory shapes, yet it does so well. I'm not sure what it is, but this image is so close to being a doodle in my phonebook, yet I don't go 'ick'.
Share Of A Race Horse
Pros: Drinking and betting and horsies? Sign me up!
Cons: If you're only putting in $700, you're given overalls and a shovel. Get to work.
Image: I absolutely love this drawing -- the rest of the images are sad, broken, old -- this racehorse is happy, he's got the winning mantle, and he's running so fast his feet don't touch the ground. The picture is absolutely dripping with style, and I love it.
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