Now here's something you don't see every day: a vintage video game ad from a newspaper. The subject in this case is the Atari 2600, and it appears in a "Howard BRANDiscount" advertisement from 1981. It's especially amusing to see the Atari 2600 marketed in this particular context, peddled among such diverse items as spray paint, pocket t-shirts, picture frames, and disposable diapers (click on the image above to see what I mean).
Remember my grandmother's cedar chest I talked about in September? Well, this is from the same chest, from a set of newspapers that my grandmother saved. I scanned many things from those papers, so you'll probably be seeing more examples of vintage newsprint ads in the future.
Discussion topic of the week: What do you think this ad says about the state of the video game industry in 1981?
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