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  • Black and white

    Detroit and Beyond

    1970s, 1980s, Everyday People, Photographers • 1556 Views

    Now we go back to a time when Budweiser six pack vans cruised the streets of Michigan, Darth Vader walked amongst the surfers of Whitmore Lake and a 1972 film titled “The Man” starring a young James Earl Jones had a ridiculous tagline.

    Here we have a small selection of photos taken from a collection called From The Archives by amateur Michigan photographer Don Hudson. Since the early seventies he documented life on the streets of the home of Motown and other smaller towns in Michigan, taking in events such as fairs, political rallies and the odd Blues festival. Continue Reading

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  • retro After Shave Ads

    Common Scents – Fragrance Adverts From The Past

    1960s, 1970s, Retro Advertising • 4877 Views

    Back in the day, when it came to advertising men’s fragrances, (or after-shave as it was universally known back then) the more macho the message the better.  Square-jawed actors and models rubbed shoulders with sultry beauties to promote such legendary brands as Moustache and 007. Continue Reading

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  • Art of Frank McCarthy

    Frank McCarthy’s Movie Poster Magic

    1960s, 1970s, Art, Film, Poster • 2569 Views

    In another of our occasional posts on little-known artists who created very well-known film posters we take a brief look at the life and art of Frank McCarthy a man you quite possibly have never heard of but, if you have even a passing interest in movies (and you are of a certain age), you will have almost certainly seen his work adorning the walls of your local fleapit. Continue Reading

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  • Carl Douglas

    Unexpected Gem: Carl Douglas & the Big Stampede – Crazy Feeling

    1960s, Unexpected Gems • 1236 Views

    To most of us Carl Douglas is mainly considered a one-hit wonder with his homage to 1970s martial arts movies ‘Kung-Fu Fighting”. It was not only the biggest-selling record of 1974 but it also sold a quite staggering 11 million copies worldwide and is the 20th best-selling single of all time. Sterling work there Carl. However, rather than focus on the big sellers here what we like to do is dig out the rarer nuggets or the unexpected gems as our title suggests. Continue Reading

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  • Palm Beach

    Palm Beach Pop – 1969 Style

    1960s, Music • 1840 Views

    Now this must have been one hell of a weekend even if it was held at the end of November and the weather was, well let’s just say it was typical festival conditions. It was the only US festival the Rolling Stones played in 1969, almost all the original Woodstock line-up turned out and the icing on an already pretty impressive cake was that one of our favourite bands played too – the mighty Rotary Connection.

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