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    Flower Powered – The Mod Top Car

    1960s, Transport • 719 Views

    When the sixties had finally stopped swinging and The Who’s singer Roger Daltrey started wearing tassels, the word “Mod” became a word that advertisers casually used to brand anything. There was Barbie’s partner Ken with his Mod Doll Hair and his not so modernist moustache. Then there was the more hippy than hipster Mod Generation stickers without a fishtail parka in sight. And bizarrely in 1969 Kraft used the slogan Mod American to sell their cheese slices. To twist the words of Mod icon Pete Meaden – This was cheesey advertising under difficult circumstances.

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  • Ray Charles Tour 1963

    Hit The Road – Ray Charles Souvenir Brochure

    1960s, Literature, Music • 645 Views

    The life and times of pioneering American musician Ray Charles has been well documented over the years, so we won’t go into great detail with a lengthy biography of the man that was sometimes known as “The Genius”. Another reason to keep this post short and sweet is there’s enough reading material in this 1963 souvenir brochure to keep any eager reader happy.

    We’re assuming this brochure was available to buy for the bargain price of Two Shillings and Six Pence during Ray’s 1963 UK tour, which took in venues such as the Hammersmith Odeon and Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. Disregarding the finer details, take a look through this short, sharp and stylish publication which includes some great pictures, cool graphics and enough arrows to keep any early sixties modernist happy.

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  • Ban The Bomb 1967

    1967 Ban The Bomb London Protest

    1960s • 850 Views

    We’re partial to a good photo collection that features a protest from the past. Whether it’s angry Trekkies protesting about the cancellation of Star Trek in 1968 or snaps that have captured more serious issues like the March against Racism in 1971.

    This time we wave our placards and go back to 1967 for a Ban the bomb march that was staged in London. This great collection of black and white photos were taken by photographer John M Thomson – you can see more of John’s camera work on his Flickr page. Meanwhile check out the protesters of 67, some who still have their fashion sense firmly in the Mod camp, while others are donning their capes and ready to hit the Hippy trail. Continue Reading

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  • Alan Aldridge Book Covers

    Twenty Alan Aldridge Book Covers

    1960s, 1970s, Art, Book Covers • 848 Views

    Avid readers of Voices of East Anglia may remember that we’ve previously covered the work of psychedelic artist and designer Alan Aldridge in our post titled The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes

    Here we take a look at Aldridge’s book cover designs and artwork that he created during his time working for Penguin. In our top twenty we have everything from a Road Dahl novel and the well known Superman style John Lennon book to lesser-known titles like The Urban District Lover. Continue Reading

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  • Honeywell Kitchen Computer 1969

    The Honeywell Kitchen Computer

    1960s, Futuristic • 1590 Views

    We tend to forget how far we’ve progressed in the last half-century or so when it comes to labour saving devices in and around the house. Before the days of automatic washing machines a whole day literally needed to be put aside to do the weekly laundry and that was just one of the jobs that needed to be done around the house. So we imagine when the idea was floated of a computer that made life in the kitchen considerably easier it was a pretty appealing concept. Continue Reading

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