I've been watching the original Lost in Space series (1965). In at least a couple of episodes, a character would fall or get pulled into "quicksand". In each case, the material is obviously dry - upon escape, the character's clothes are clean and dry. For example: in the cold open of the season 1 episode "A Change of Space", Smith falls into a pit of the stuff and completely disappears under its surface - it has a fluid-like behavior, but after his escape, only a few grains remain stuck to his costume, which remains dry. There doesn't appear to be any visual effect here; Smith's (or his stunt double's) momentary disappearance under the surface of this stuff appears to be entirely a practical effect. To get technical, it looks like some sort of light granular material that has a very shallow angle of repose
My question is: what did they use for the sand/dust or whatever, to achieve the effect?