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  • Panini Goes Pop – 1968 Cards from the Vaults

    1960s, Ephemera, Music • 9546 Views

    Having been stuck away somewhere in the dusty recesses of the Internet these Panini cards have come out wide-eyed and blinking to reveal a little piece of history from 1968.

    In 1960 the Panini brothers from Modena, Italy found a collection of stickers that a Milan company was struggling to shift and thought they could do a better job of marketing them. They quickly realised they had the magic touch when they managed to sell the whole three million with relative ease. The following year they founded Panini, sold 15 million stickers and in 1962 shifted a remarkable 29 million. Continue Reading

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  • Unexpected Gem – Mungo Jerry Covers Jacques Dutronc

    1970s, Music, Unexpected Gems • 1962 Views

    It’s probably one of those records you’ve heard before but can’t quite remember who it’s by and where you heard it. A bit of an earworm if you know what we mean.

    There’s somewhat of a backstory to this too so settle down, make a cuppa and read on.

    Originally penned by French 1960s pin-up poster Jacques Dutronc under the title of ‘Et moi, et moi, et moi’, it reached number two in the French pop charts in 1966 and although never troubled the UK charts it apparently became a firm favourite with the original mods as a mickey take of the then burgeoning UK folk revival scene. Plus as we’ve already alluded to it’s a pretty catchy tune. Continue Reading

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  • Buck White – Muhammad Ali Treading the Boards

    1960s, Popular, Sport • 5396 Views

    Back in the heady days of late 1969 a new Broadway musical was conceived based around the book Big Time Buck White by Joseph Dolan Tuotti. Starring Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay as he was billed in big block capitals) it was the story of a radical Black Power preacher who inspires a group of militant black followers. Continue Reading

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  • Pop Stars on The Wheel of Steel

    1960s, 1970s, Vinyl • 5776 Views

    Continuing our obsession with vinyl related picture collections, we bring you a selection of pop stars playing their favourite discs. We start off funky with Stax records’ man Rufus Thomas doing his Disc Jockey routine. Then we go on the soul side with Motown’s Marvin Gaye listening to a tune on his record player, Smokey Robinson at the office and Stevie Wonder taking a break on his Japanese Tour.

    Pop Stars Poppin’ out the platters that matter to them are singers Francoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc and Bobbie Gentry (main picture) and Easy Listening favourites The Carpenters. While B.B King, Jimi Hendrix, half The Who, Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and a curly haired Eric Clapton rock out to their latest purchases. Continue Reading

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  • Carnaby Street in Caracas

    1960s, Fashion • 3864 Views

    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 Reading

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  • I’m Just a Seventies Fashion Fair Cosmetics Advert

    1970s, Fashion, Retro Advertising • 1751 Views

    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 Reading

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  • Round and Round – The Eero Aarnio Chair

    1960s, Furniture • 9165 Views

    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 Reading

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  • The Small Faces and Roy Orbison 1967 Tour Program

    1960s, Music • 6641 Views

    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 Reading

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  • Street Life in Seventies Toronto

    1970s • 5574 Views

    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 Reading

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  • Super Seventies Japanese Film Posters

    1970s, Film, Poster • 20772 Views

    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 Reading

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