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Archive for the ‘1950s’ Category

  • Andy Warhol – The Early Years

    • 7472 Views • 1950s, Art, Book Covers, LiteratureComments Off on Andy Warhol – The Early Years

    As the enfant terrible of the 1960s New York art scene and the man who almost single-handedly defined pop art Andy Warhol’s career is the stuff of legend. To us here he also gets VoEA bonus points for coining the phrase ’15 minutes of fame’ which, in...

  • More In-car Entertainment

    • 8889 Views • 1950s, 1960s, Music, Vinyl2 Comments

    Putting such minor practicalities as potholes, speed humps, going round corners, record storage, changing them whilst on the move and the fact that they only played 45s aside, we think the concept of a dashboard mounted record player seems a sterling idea and...

  • Back To The Future – 1975 And The Changes To Come

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    We recently featured the work of Syd Mead – a man who creates futuristic space-age artistic impressions but here we take a more practical, down-to-earth look at how futurologists (not sure whether they were called that then) predicted life would be...

  • The Bike Brothers

    • 5679 Views • 1940s, 1950s, Sport, TransportComments Off on The Bike Brothers

    In the UK, Europe and the US at the moment there’s been quite a bit of resurgence in the popularity of cycling which, unless you’re Jeremy Clarkson, can only be seen as a good thing for everyone. Fewer cars on the road, more fit people around thus...

  • Hipster Saint – Al ‘Jazzbeaux’ Collins

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    Al ‘Jazzbeaux’ Collins was a DJ and Broadcaster specialising in jazz, and an early pioneer of hipster speak along with the likes of Lord Buckley who we have featured before. He worked for a stack of radio stations and presented several television...

  • Steve Holland – The World’s Greatest Male Model

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    Far be it for us to say who is The World’s Greatest Male Model but according to James Bama, an American ‘Western’ illustrator who created the Doc Savage paperback covers, Steve Holland earned that particular nom-de-plume. Whilst Bama was an illustrator...

  • Cinematic – Movie Theatres and Cinemas

    • 6774 Views • 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Architecture1 Comment

    Time to get your popcorn ready as we take a look at some cinemas from the past and worldwide – from Israel (Above) to Sunset Boulevard, California in 1966. The pictures are mainly of postcards, and show a mixture of styles- from Brutalist...

  • The First Monterey Jazz Festival

    • 3689 Views • 1950s, Music1 Comment

    As we’ve mentioned before in our Play Misty For Me post, sitting in the audience of the first ever Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 is a young man called Clint Eastwood. He loved the festival so much he later used it as a film location for his...

  • Wish You Were Here – Restaurant Postcards

    • 7673 Views • 1950s, 1960s, Architecture, FoodComments Off on Wish You Were Here – Restaurant Postcards

    So how do you make sure your customers don’t forget their delicious meal? With postcards of your fine eatery to go of course. Back in the day, cafes and restaurants produced a postcard of their establishments to publicise themselves and their wares and...

  • Small and Mighty – The Vespa 400 Microcar

    • 10535 Views • 1950s, 1960s, Transport1 Comment

    I think it’s fair to say thet we’re admirers of the Vespa brand and style here at VoEA, with a few notable exceptions these days… The Vespa scooter is well covered, so here is a piece on the Vespa 400 microcar. Produced from 1957 –...