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Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

  • Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book 1975

    • 2059 Views • 1970s, Furniture, UncategorizedComments Off on Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book 1975

    Back to 1975 and we cast our beady eyes over the ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ decorating book which was, as they say, very much of its time. It all looks pretty dated now but this was the era of Glam Rock and all the excess that came with it and you can...

  • Marvin Gaye – The Acting Years

    • 1544 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Film, UncategorizedComments Off on Marvin Gaye – The Acting Years

    Much has been written about Marvin Gaye’s songwriting and singing as well as his undeniable influence on modern music in numerous ways. What is less well-known is his desire to break into acting and the two movies he starred in before his acting ambitions...

  • Life through a lens – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

    • 2377 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Everyday People, Photographers, UncategorizedComments Off on Life through a lens – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

    As one of Britain’s first black photographers Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi was blazing a trail for others to follow but this really is only part of the story. As a disabled 26 year old in Nigeria, Tex’s childhood polio saw him regarded as an outcast. As a...

  • Groovy Seventies German Magazine Adverts.

    • 2843 Views • 1970s, Retro Advertising, UncategorizedComments Off on Groovy Seventies German Magazine Adverts.

    We’ve unearthed a veritable stash of pretty groovy German magazine ads from the early 1970s. Whether the styling is much different to UK magazine ads of the same period is open to discussion but they certainly have a different feel although that may just be...

  • Saturday Night Live 1975 – Gil Scott-Heron and Richard Pryor

    • 8881 Views • 1970s, Music, TelevisionComments Off on Saturday Night Live 1975 – Gil Scott-Heron and Richard Pryor

    Here we have a really lovely video clip of Gil Scott-Heron with Brian Jackson and his band on Saturday Night Live from December 1975 promoting his album ‘From South Africa to South Carolina’. Following an introduction by Richard Pryor we see Gil, Brian...

  • Black Rodeo – Nobody Ever Told You There Were Black Cowboys

    • 8697 Views • 1970s, FilmComments Off on Black Rodeo – Nobody Ever Told You There Were Black Cowboys

    It may seem hard to believe now, but back in 1971 there was a Black Rodeo in New York’s Harlem district and the whole event was not only captured on film but released as a documentary the following year. The film was directed by Jeff Kanew, music was...

  • Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

    • 11125 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Fashion, Retro AdvertisingComments Off on Off The Cuff – Botany 500 Suit Adverts

    As the preferred brand of many an American 1960s-game show host, New York based Botany 500 were the go-to suit makers of choice for the well to-do natty dressers of the time; as well as the good people who dressed Ryan O’Neal in Love Story, Dick Van Dyke in...

  • Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

    • 11889 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Ephemera, Poster, Retro AdvertisingComments Off on Messin’ Around – Keep Britain Tidy

    We like a tidy office here at VoEA and we also hate litter bugs. Ooh yes we do. So now we’ll cast our eyes back to somewhere around 1973 and the then campaign by the good people at Keep Britain Tidy. An organisation that was first established back in...

  • Johnson C. Smith University – 1970 Yearbook

    • 10549 Views • 1970s, EphemeraComments Off on Johnson C. Smith University – 1970 Yearbook

    2016 has been a funny old year in many ways and recent events in the USA have only served to emphasise the strange times we’re currently living through. So, by way of a change, and as a breath of vintage fresh air we are heading over the pond to the Johnson...

  • Voices of East Harlem – 1970 Tanglewood Concert

    • 12065 Views • 1970s, MusicComments Off on Voices of East Harlem – 1970 Tanglewood Concert

    The sharp eyed amongst you may have gathered that we are big fans of the Voices of East Harlem here at VoEA so much so that we named our blog with more than a nod to the band. We will do a longer post on the band sometime soon but in the meantime check out...