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Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

  • Space-Age Design – Irvine New Town

    • 16117 Views • 1970s, Architecture1 Comment

    Unlike most ‘conventional’ British new towns Irvine was already a town in its own right before plans were drawn up to raze large swathes of it to the ground and rebuild it under the stewardship of the Irvine Development Corporation. As is often the case...

  • On The Reels of Steel

    • 11622 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Music, Retro AdvertisingComments Off on On The Reels of Steel

    While reel-to-reel tapes have now been consigned to the sizeable bin in the vaults of recording history marked ‘Obsolete’, there was a time when they were king and prior to the introduction of the Philips Compact Cassette in 1963 stood astride the world...

  • Look and Learn – Exhibition Postcards

    • 17633 Views • 1960s, 1970s, EphemeraComments Off on Look and Learn – Exhibition Postcards

    Now it’s time to blind you with science as we take a look at the future in the past. Here we have an assortment of groovy postcards from various exhibitions and displays that were held in museums throughout America and Canada. In this scientific...

  • The Black Leopard Comic

    • 15260 Views • 1970s, Book Covers, Literature, MagazineComments Off on The Black Leopard Comic

    As another part of our occasional series focusing on men dressed up with big cat heads, which kicked off with the seminal Lee Lion Head ads, we now take a trip to the South African veldt and cast our beady eye on Die Swart Luiperd also known as The Black...

  • Sanctified Soul – Pastor T.L. Barrett

    • 9505 Views • 1970s, Music, Vinyl1 Comment

    One of our  faves and a record that’s been getting heavy rotation on the VoEA office record player is the stunningly good ‘Like a Ship (Without a Sail)’ by the snappily titled Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir. A slab of rare gospel...

  • Woody Allen and Tamara Dobson

    • 19050 Views • 1970s, FilmComments Off on Woody Allen and Tamara Dobson

    It seems to be quite the fashion in media circles these days to wage war on Woody Allen and criticise him at every turn. Whilst we’d be the first to admit not all his films over the years have reached the heights of Annie Hall we would also defend him, his...

  • Rock in Trade – Musicians in Adverts

    • 18805 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Music, Retro AdvertisingComments Off on Rock in Trade – Musicians in Adverts

    One of the many perks of stardom is the opportunity to use your fame to increase your fortune through lending products extra gravitas merely using your own personal endorsement. This has been going on since the year dot and continues to this day mainly...

  • Harry Murphy and Friends

    • 6505 Views • 1970s, Architecture, ArtComments Off on Harry Murphy and Friends

    As a design studio in 1970s San Francisco Harry Murphy + Friends were the shining stars of the whole design scene whether it be architectural graphics, corporate identity, large murals or simply domestic interior design. They won over 700 national and...

  • Bivolino – The Shirt Locker

    • 9767 Views • 1960s, 1970s, FashionComments Off on Bivolino – The Shirt Locker

    We’ve not done many posts on bespoke Belgian shirtmakers thus far, in fact to be honest we’ve not done any posts on bespoke Belgian shirtmakers but hey cats and kittens, that’s all about to change as we take a look at Belgium’s number one manufacturer...

  • Blow Up – Quasar Khanh’s Inflatable Furniture

    • 28289 Views • 1960s, 1970sComments Off on Blow Up – Quasar Khanh’s Inflatable Furniture

    Perhaps Quasar Khanh has not had the recognition he deserves but as the inventor of inflatable furniture we feel he should be up there in the pantheon of great designers and being as we’ve not featured any inventors yet on VoEA this seems to be a very...