It’s been very well documented over the years that the city of London was the hip and happening place to be during the swinging sixties. However in this short newsreel from 1969 we move away from England to see how the influence of Carnaby street fashion travelled overseas to make Caracas swing at the end of the decade. Continue ReadingRead More
During the seventies Ebony magazine published a series of adverts for the company Fashion Fair Cosmetics. The advertising campaign featured famous female stars of the time with the humble tagline “I’m Just…”
Celebrities promoting the beauty products included the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Actress and singer Diahann Carroll, Peyton place’s Judy Pace, Singers Nancy Wilson and Natalie Cole, musical theatre star Vivian Reed and the quintessential Diva – Opera legend Leontyne Price. Continue ReadingRead More
In the Swinging sixties Nancy Sinatra may have sung about her boots being made for walking. However, along with other singers and popsters such as Doris Day, Francoise Hardy and The Small Faces – she enjoyed a bit of loungin’ and a good ole sit down in a groovy Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair.
The Ball chair which is sometimes known as a Globe chair was the idea of furniture designer Eero Aarnio from Finland (pictured below). In 1962 Eero started his freelance career and had moved into his first home, this was the time that his idea of a round chair became reality. Continue ReadingRead More
Melody Maker writer Chris Welch described the opening night of The Small Faces and Roy Orbison tour at Finsbury Park’s Astoria as “A RIGHT phantasmagorical experience”
Here we have the program for that tour of the UK which started in London on March 3rd 1967 and finished at the ABC in Romford on April 9th. Also on the tour bus with the Mod icons and The Big O were by a young Jeff Beck, Decca records double act Paul and Barry Ryan, The Settlers, Sonny Childe and TNT and the Robb Storme Group. Continue ReadingRead More
Gordon Lightfoot wrote a song about it (On Yonge Street) It’s fifty seven miles long and was once thought to be the longest street in the world – we won’t bore you with the details. Also, from the 1930s through to 2007 it was home to the legendary vinyl emporium “Sam the Record Man – The record store was well known by vinyl junkies around the world for it’s double-disc neon signage.
Here we check out the the street life and fashion in Toronto, Canada during the seventies.
Welcome to Yonge Street. Continue ReadingRead More
Here we have the long awaited sequel to our Swinging sixties Japanese film posters feature. This time we head back to the seventies and focus on Western movie posters recreated for the general public in Japan.
Now take a seat, grab your overpriced popcorn and cast your eyes over this cool collection of Japanese cinema posters. Starting with the 1971 speed-fuelled road movie Vanishing Point and ending with the Casablanca inspired comedy Play it Again Sam starring Woody Allen. Continue ReadingRead More
With over 85,000 clips in their video vault on you tube, we thought it was time to have a dig around the Pathe films archives for some more pop culture gems from the past.
After wading through hours and hours of fashion film footage from Pathe, It’s now time to strike a pose as we hit the catwalks (and a bus) of the swinging sixties. Continue ReadingRead More
The greeting card ritual can be traced way back to the ancient Chinese who exchanged good will messages for the New Year. By the 15th century the custom of sending cards continued throughout Europe. One of the first examples of a Valentine’s Day card is currently displayed in the British Museum in London.
Here we have a collection of groovy greetings cards from the swinging sixties that escaped the bin and found their way to the loft or thrift store, then the world wide web.
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G’day mate. A few words on Australia Women’s Weekly or simply The Weekly as it is more commonly known. For ages it was the biggest selling magazine down under but has recently been usurped by Better Homes & Gardens.
The Weekly has been going over 80 years now having started in 1933 by media mogul Frank Packer who was father of Kerry Packer for those of you old enough to remember. For those who are unfamiliar with the name but have a vague interest in cricket then it might be worth checking out. However, we digress. Check out this great archive of material from The Weekly from back in the day. See, we managed two paragraphs there without one mention of Sheilas. Continue ReadingRead More
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.Read More