The early- to mid-1970s were a great time to be a kid who was into Planet of
the Apes. Once the TV series happened, the Apes-related merchandise
was everywhere! Of course, most kids could only dream of having it all, but
many of us had some of it, even if it was only the trading cards.
This page features photos of us 1970s kids with our Apes collectibles.
If you have photos you'd like to contribute, just let me know!
Click on the images to view larger versions!
Added April 1, 2020
Jon Mackenzie sent these photos in, with this description:
As a child growing up in London, England in the early '70s I was obsessed with
the films and the new TV series. At the time I painted a huge oil portrait of
Galen, sadly left behind in a garage. I also made my own prosthetics in 1974
using meltable rubber beads intended for making candle moulds etc. I still
remember the atmosphere when my mum discovered her saucepans caked in thick
I and the mask survive to this day. It was intended for a super 8 movie to be
shot by my friend Ian Chivers. I had the creative juice but he had the Bolex
and it just never happened.
I did make this Polaroid 'screentest' at the time, attached together with a
more recent photo montage tribute.
Bill Goodwin and his homemade prosthetics, circa 1981.
From Tim Parati:
My collection [from the '70s] and me in my Don Post mask that I saved up for!!
From Scott Hathaway:
Here are some photos from my childhood for the 70's Apes Kids Page.
The first one shows the treehouse and Colorforms. The second shows blow-up
Zaius and soldier (Urko, Ursus, Aldo?) and the treehouse in the background.
The third shows me holding my soldier doll while looking at my sister open a
From Mark Graham:
I'm attaching a photo of myself from a promotion for the TV show at Hess's
department store in Allentown, PA, circa 1974.
From Geoff Ambrose:
The attached photo was taken when my family drove across the Nullarbor Plane
from Melbourne to Perth in around 1975. I would be surprised if my two
sisters, my brother and I didnt set some sort of record for the longest
distance travelled overland in POTA masks: some 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles).
1974-12-25 with Cornelius model
1975-12-25 with Zaius & Zira Megos