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  • Australian Pulp Fiction

    Sixties Antipodean Pulp Fiction

    1960s, Book Covers • 2210 Views

    Let’s take a trip down-under mate and have a sneaky peak at the Australian pulp fiction scene of the 1960s where Horwitz Publishing were kings of the outback (well, Sydney) and churned out books at a mind-bogglingly prodigious rate.


    Horwitz Publications were set up in 1921 by husband and wife Israel and Ruth Horwitz. The business was still family run and owned until a few years ago but is still trading and by all accounts is in rude health. They started out publishing trade journals and sporting magazines for the first 20 years of their existence and then moved into the highly lucrative pulp fiction and comic book markets in the mid-20th century. Continue Reading

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  • Jazz Matches

    Jazz Matches – Have You Got a Light Boy?

    1960s, Ephemera • 1712 Views

    Just the thing for when you’re having a crafty jazz woodbine round the back of the bike sheds – yes, we bring you the ultimate in hip and cool smoking paraphernalia – jazz matches.

    Featuring all your favourite crooners, pluckers, blowers and bangers we believe these originated in Holland in the 1960s although much more than that we don’t know.

    Suffice to say if you are partial to a crafty smoke, enjoy a bit of modern jazz and don’t possess a cigarette lighter then these jazz matches are right up your street.  Continue Reading

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  • The Avengers Stage Play

    The Avengers Stage Play

    1960s, Television • 2212 Views

    OK you lot. Who out there knew The Avengers once had their own stage play? Well, neither did we until we stumbled across some rather interesting photos and decided to dig a bit deeper. It was 1971; the stage play was technically tricky and massively ambitious as was the producer, John Mather. He claimed it would “blast the British theatre into the Seventies” but unfortunately the critics, combined with numerous technical issues meant the play was an unqualified disaster and closed down within weeks of first showing. Continue Reading

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    Spacelander – Space Age Cycle

    Transport • 2684 Views

    Sometimes a new concept comes along that is radical, works well, makes sense and looks good but for one reason or another doesn’t sell and is consigned to the annals of history marked Unfortunate Failure. When it first hit the streets in 1960 the Spacelander bicycle ticked all the right boxes but unfortunately never made it commercially – shame really because it looks rather lovely. Continue Reading

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  • Six Million Dollar Safari Suit 1970s

    Six Million Dollar Safari Suit

    1970s, Television • 2549 Views

    Sometime back we looked at the original books behind successful films in our Script Bare (geddit?) post and the first book cover in that particular post was Martin Caidin’s 1972 best-selling novel Cyborg. The following year this was snaffled up, loosely adapted and turned into a movie called The Six Million Dollar Man. Here we take a brief look at the back-story to the movie and subsequent series but perhaps more importantly conduct some in-depth analysis of the much admired safari suit as worn by Steve Austin – the bionic man. Continue Reading

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