Own Your Own Scale Model Monorail

Ever since I saw a Monorail featured on the Wonderful World of Disney, I have been infatuated with them. Despite my Mother’s stern warnings I saved up and bought a money order for a mail order monorail I found in a magazine. I am not sure it was this comic ad, I remember sending around 5 dollars for mine. I wish I could say I was disappointed in the quality of the toy, but I cannot. The stupid thing never came! I checked off days on the calendar waiting for it and nothing. After a month I asked my Mother what I could do about not getting my toy? She said, probably nothing. I was much less trusting about mail-order after the monorail incident. It left me with such a bad taste in my mouth that even much later in life, I was averse to sending away for stuff via check or money order.

Luckily the Internet broke me of that.

Here is an ad posted by jbcurio, that is very similar to the one I sent away from:


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  1. RetroArt

    I also had a mail order heartbreak like that- only my crushing childhood disappointment actually arrived in the mail. It was the “100 Toy Soldiers Packed In This Footlocker!” comic book ad.
    I was 4 years old when I got this, 1972, and when it finally arrived my mother handed me a tiny, cardboard box that was filled with tiny, thin, flat army men and a multitude of tiny, out-of-scale military vehicles, battleships and warplanes. Wow. Something has to be REALLY lame to disappoint a 4 year old!
    Anyway, that link to the image of the comic book ad comes from a great article about the man who started the company that did that to me, back in 1972, and to probably thousands of other disappointed kids since the 1950s.

  2. Drahken

    As a kid I never sent in for any of these comic book items, even in my youth I was cynical & suspicious about them.
    HOWEVER, I did experience a similar frustration with a mail order item when I was in my teens. It was some kind of special pen (I think one of those “space pens” that writes upside down, but I don’t remember for certain). It was from one of those flyers you get in sunday papers, I sent in the $20 for this “awesome” pen, and it NEVER arrived. I tried to get hold of customer service & just got a lot of runaround. I have never, and will never again order anything from those newspaper inserts.

  3. vinvectrex

    RetroArt and I shared the same tragic experience with the lousy 100 soldiers in the footlocker. Mine would have been around 1976 or 1977. Imagine how many thousands of disappointed kids there were in those years. But, if I had ordered this monorail, and if it had actually shown up, I’d probably still be entertaining myself with it. While singing along with the Simpsons…

    Well, sir, there’s nothing on earth
    Like a genuine, bona fide
    Electrified, six-car monorail
    What’d I say?


    What’s it called?


    That’s right! Monorail


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