70s Laughing Bag

Anyone remember the 70s Laughing Bag. It was powered by a battery and would be the tool of the family joker. It was contageous as after a few seconds someone would also start laughing. Before you know it everyone in the room starts wetting themselves with laughter.

Sometimes it was known as The Laugh Box, other versions were  70s Laughing Bag, Laugh Bag.

The Laugh Bag must of been around probably since the late 60s. The laugh bag covered a skin pink plastic box that when you pressed the laugh button, it would of course start laughing at a loud pitch and volume. The sound it made, a person laughing uncontrollably, was infectious and all around would begin to laugh.

Normally you would sneak the laughing box into your inside coat pocket and then turn it on when the time was right.

Known as the Just for Laughs toy, it was often owned by the same uncle who also would bring a whoopee cushion round the following week. They sounded a little creepy though, especially when the batteries were on there last legs. Soon the draining laughter was anything but fun, it was manic, creepy and altogether insane.

70s Laughing Bag goes modern

Of course these toys have been easily superseded with the apps on phones today.

70s Laughing Bag

Even on Amazon there is a Novelty Laughing Gag Joke Bag or a Clown Toy that laughs, so even modern kids havent missed out on the 70s Laughing Bag

14 thoughts on “70s Laughing Bag

  1. I was with a buddy in the late 1960s when we first came across this toy at a local toystore (we were 9 or 10 at the time). Along side this “Laughs In A Bag” product was a “Farts In A Bag” product. He bought the Laughs one, and he was the smash hit in the neighborhood all summer. We went back for the Farts one afterwards, but it was sold out. Months later the device stopped working, and we decided to open it up to see if we could fix it. We were amazed to discover the device was actually a very small record player! In your photo here, you show the small discs this machine used. At that time, my friend and I agreed that if we could ever again obtain working versions of BOTH the Laugh box AND the Farts box, that our lives would be complete. Decades later, I’m now wondering if this is what my life has been missing all along. I’m going to try to again find these working toys now. I’ll report back my findings… sooner or later.

    • I have one, and it works. One side is obnoxious laughing (like an old drunk uncle), and you flip the record and it’s a bird tweating (also obnoxious!). It’s in a bag with drawstring, one side says “HA HA! HEE HEE! HO HO! and the other side says “STRICTLY FOR DA BOIDS”

  2. I have been looking for the horror version of this. It had screams, ghostly moaning and ended with manical laughter. Does anyone remember that one?

  3. @ Theresa – I remember the horror one, though I don’t remember what it was called… Was it simply the Bag of Screams? They sold both the screaming & laughing versions at a stand near the Haunted Mansion at Disney World when I was a kid…

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