I'm not faulting you decade-older folks. You had tons of cool stuff; stuff that I benefit from and enjoy to this good day...you just had to look harder for it. But in MY day, we had licenses. Oh, and blockbuster movies (yeah, I know, that used to be a good thing). And licensing began to cause the world of entertainment to explode.
Case in point: there I was, at my favorite thrift store, and I find what must be 50 or 60 of these classic "Show'N Tell" record sets. [We've discussed these marvels of pre-VCR technology before, but for the uninitiated, they were filmstrip-and-record sets, and you watched them on a viewer built into the turntable, which automatically advanced the filmstrip as the record went along.] There must be a similar pile of these things still existing somewhere in my parents' house...and then I began to look through them. They were dismally boring. Three-minute adaptations of literature from the 1800's, and science lessons called "Which Way Is North?" and, I kid you not, "Would You Eat Flowers?"...would kids in the 1960's even sit through this dreck? I would think that "Farm Animals: Hog," "Ghandi," or "A Midsummer Night's Dream" would have helped invent juvenile deliquency if I hadn't seen those films from the 1950's and known it was already around.
But I digress. I was able to find one solitary title of interest, and I present it to you today. No filmstrip, of course, but I've played that game before, and it didn't work. Interestingly, these records are a weird intersection of brand names: General Electric, Childcraft/World Book, and Pickwick International. If I had to guess, I'd say GE made the record player/viewer, Childcraft/World Book supplied the text (naturally), and Pickwick manufactured the records...a partnership made in heaven.
And hey, it's outdated information about dinosaurs, so this should be fun. As a caviat (not a preface, mind you) to my earlier statements, I will admit that all the great developments in the 70's led to things like this happening shortly thereafter:
LINK: Dinosaurs (GE Show'N Tell, 1965)