Free Gift Transfers with Breakfast Cereals

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Ready Brek Talker-Tapes, 1973 (not Letraset)

Okay — these are not even transfers of any description, unless you count voice recordings as a transfer of audio information.

Which, of course, they are.

I've included them here because I remember this promotion very fondly. After all, it's the next best thing to MAGIC.

I remember getting our tape working with my brother, even though I was the Ready Brek eater & he would never try it (& so didn't really deserve to benefit from my brand loyalty), only I thought the idea was to cut a v-shaped notch in the packet to act as a stylus, & then to pull the tape through so the 'needle' would play the sounds sequentially; this demonstrates yet again the vagaries of memory, because the instructions clearly indicate that the box is just a resonator, with the thumbnail acting as a stylus as you draw it along the tape. So it's the thumbnail/stylus that moves, not the tape.

The other reason for including this here is that I just bought one of these tapes from Martin Townsend (basically for nothing), & so I'll be adding photos, sound recordings & video of it in use, later.

(Thanks, Martin & Nick!)

UPDATE: these have now been added — see below.


Scan courtesy of Nick Symes

The Talker-Tape itself is incredibly small, & so easily lost — which is probably why so few survive.




It's exactly like looking at the grooves of a vinyl record.

So… you'd like to hear it? Here's a high bitrate MP3 recording of multiple 'takes':

And finally, if you'd like to see the video shown in this thumbnail image, it's available on the Action Transfers Facebook Page, here:

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Picture Credit: The SPLAT Scan Archives — Nick Symes