The Original iPad – Invisible Ink Books

By Lori Ferraro

When I was a little girl, and we were going on a loooong road trip to visit my grandparents in Rochester (a six hour drive), there were a handful of essentials that were must haves in the backseat of our car:

  • My crocheted afghan that grandma had made me.
  • My never-ending ribbon of cheese and crackers thanks to Kraft Handi-Snacks
  • My Invisible Ink Game & Quiz Books!

Invisible Ink Books

Who knew a book and a pen could lead to hours and hours of “by yourself enjoyment?” There was serious truth in the advertising of this awesome product.

With games like tic tac toe, hangman, mazes and a knockoff version of Battleship, the books were chock full of days’ worth of variety and fun.

Invisible Ink Game

When you tried to write with the “magic pen” on regular paper nothing at all would appear. But when you used it to answer questions or make a mark in your special quiz book, it revealed the answers for you as you played against yourself.

Invisible Ink books have been published by Lee Publications since the mid 70s and have kept their trademark retro look to this day – why mess with perfection?

The books came in a variety of topics depending on your interests; superheroes, sports and Mr. Mystery, which was a super-agent invisible ink mystery spy book.

Invisible Ink Mystery

Our family would stop three hours into our trip at the halfway point at a Stuckey’s truck stop to gas up, use the bathroom, get a pecan log roll, and for my brother Mike and I to stock up on another Invisible Ink book to carry us through our last leg of the trip.

I always loved the age recommendations on the cover of the books (“7 to 77” or “8 to 88” etc) – too true and how fitting for the original handheld gaming tablet.

Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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