In the early 1970's you could buy The Partridge Family. Everyone knows about the lunch box. What you may, or may not recall are the fan clubs that were set up by the Charles and Ira Laufer Company. So what did you get for your $2.00, plus 25 cents postage and handling?
The first year that The Partridge Family Fan Club was offered, you would receive that black and white flimsy plastic record shown above. You were to cut it out, place it on the old turntable and each cast member said a few words. By the following year you could purchase that groovypink cardboard and plastic record with their photo on it. About that time, you could also send in a few dollars and join The David Cassidy Fan Club, also by Laufer.
Here is the first "very old" sound file.<<Link to 1SHIRLEY.MP3>> Each cast member recorded a brief HELLO on these Fan Club records. Yes, it was scripted for them, but it is still a hoot to hear these. This sample is of what Shirley said on the 1st record offered through The Partridge Family Fan Club The old plastic is a mess, so don't expect greatness. There are lots of pops and crackling sound to add to the nostalgia.
With your Partridge Family membership you would be sent an 8X10 of each cast member, and this sheet of wallet size photos. Notice that you got two of Shirley, David, and Susan. One of Suzanne, Jeremy and Danny. But where is Dave Madden!
David Cassidy also did a recording for his club .
Of course, bubble gum cards were a hit. You could buy them at fifteen-cents a box, or buy the whole box-full! Then there were the ViewMaster reels. Pictures of the cast and their predicaments - all rendered in glorious 3-D.
In the 1970's you could buy many comic books featuring Shirley Jones and The Partridge Family. Here are just a few from our collection.
The sketches were usually very good. But sometimes, they were -- Well, take a look!
Shirley Jones & David Cassidy were on the cover of almost everymagazine in the early seventies. Shirley and David even posed for these three photographs on the Partridge Familyliving room sound stage. These are outfits from "Knitting World." If you had the talent you could knit them for yourself. There are even directions on how to knit thenifty belt that David is wearing. (I still have the dress, hat and scarf that my Mother made for me.)
If you didn’t feel like knitting a sweater, there were always the Paper Dolls to play Dress Up!