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  • Hit The Road – Ray Charles Souvenir Brochure

    1960s, Literature, Music • 4409 Views

    The life and times of pioneering American musician Ray Charles has been well documented over the years, so we won’t go into great detail with a lengthy biography of the man that was sometimes known as “The Genius”. Another reason to keep this post short and sweet is there’s enough reading material in this 1963 souvenir brochure to keep any eager reader happy.

    We’re assuming this brochure was available to buy for the bargain price of Two Shillings and Six Pence during Ray’s 1963 UK tour, which took in venues such as the Hammersmith Odeon and Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. Disregarding the finer details, take a look through this short, sharp and stylish publication which includes some great pictures, cool graphics and enough arrows to keep any early sixties modernist happy.

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  • 1967 Ban The Bomb London Protest

    1960s • 5230 Views

    We’re partial to a good photo collection that features a protest from the past. Whether it’s angry Trekkies protesting about the cancellation of Star Trek in 1968 or snaps that have captured more serious issues like the March against Racism in 1971.

    This time we wave our placards and go back to 1967 for a Ban the bomb march that was staged in London. This great collection of black and white photos were taken by photographer John M Thomson – you can see more of John’s camera work on his Flickr page. Meanwhile check out the protesters of 67, some who still have their fashion sense firmly in the Mod camp, while others are donning their capes and ready to hit the Hippy trail. Continue Reading

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  • Twenty Alan Aldridge Book Covers

    1960s, 1970s, Art, Book Covers • 8863 Views

    Avid readers of Voices of East Anglia may remember that we’ve previously covered the work of psychedelic artist and designer Alan Aldridge in our post titled The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes

    Here we take a look at Aldridge’s book cover designs and artwork that he created during his time working for Penguin. In our top twenty we have everything from a Road Dahl novel and the well known Superman style John Lennon book to lesser-known titles like The Urban District Lover. Continue Reading

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  • The Honeywell Kitchen Computer

    1960s, Futuristic • 9362 Views

    We tend to forget how far we’ve progressed in the last half-century or so when it comes to labour saving devices in and around the house. Before the days of automatic washing machines a whole day literally needed to be put aside to do the weekly laundry and that was just one of the jobs that needed to be done around the house. So we imagine when the idea was floated of a computer that made life in the kitchen considerably easier it was a pretty appealing concept. Continue Reading

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  • The Best Photos from Jet Magazine

    1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Magazine • 11706 Views

    Do you want to see Jazz singing legend Billie Holiday (sort of) skiing in Switzerland? Have you ever wanted to see a pipe smoking model strut down a catwalk? Have you ever pondered what Soul man Chuck Jackson would like as a Beatle?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.

    In a previous post we’ve featured thirty of our favourite covers of Jet magazine and given you a brief history of the publication. This time we go inside the magazine and take a look at some of their Photos of the week from the 1950s to 1970s- Enjoy . Continue Reading

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  • The Vest of Everything

    1960s, 1970s, Fashion • 5155 Views

    Ah yes, the humble vest or as it is also known the waistcoat or weskit. An item beloved of snooker players, wearers of dodgy suits, those crazy steampunk types, Germans and apparently Take That too. We’ve covered a broad spectrum there for sure.

    It seems the vest as it was originally named is one of those items whose provenance can be dated very precisely, which is rare in clothing terms. Brace yourselves for a brief but nonetheless interesting history lesson. During the Restoration when the English, Scottish and Irish monarchies were all restored under the rule of Charles II in 1660 the good king introduced them as part of what he saw as the correct dress code for gentlemen. The vest as it was known was later called the waistcoat when it was cut shorter to waist level when formal coats (or suit jackets) began to be cut shorter. There is another theory that they were cut from the waste material left over from when a two piece suit had been made and were known as waste-coats but it seems some historians have lately cast doubt on that particular theory. Continue Reading

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  • The Barnacle Influenced Brenton House

    1970s, Architecture • 6477 Views

    Here we feature another in our occasional series looking at slightly oddball houses that have featured in movies and take a timely look at the Brenton House in Boulder, Colorado. If it appears familiar and you are a fan of the work of Woody Allen you may well have seen it in Sleeper but there’s more to it than just that as it is also known for its unique design and for having been influenced by that noted architectural inspiration – barnacles. Continue Reading

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  • Walter Pichler – Austrian Avant-Garde Architectural Artist

    1960s, Architecture, Futuristic • 7440 Views

    Sometimes people are defined by a single event or moment in their lives despite there often being a multitude of other reasons they could go down in history. Step forward Walter Pichler, noted Austrian artist and architect and the man who invented the TV Helmet – an idea clearly years ahead of its time but also a visionary comment on the isolated and anti-social nature of excessive TV watching. Continue Reading

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  • College of the Mainland Yearbook

    1960s, 1970s • 4481 Views

    We are particularly chuffed we’ve stumbled across this yearbook of cracking Ivy League wearing 1960s students but the icing on the cake is the fact that the College of the Mainland is on the mainland portion of Galveston County – some of our favourite clothes combined with one of our favourite records plus some 1960s karate club students, oh yes. Continue Reading

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  • Beetleboard – Brilliant Bug Based Billboards

    1970s, Retro Advertising, Transport • 16877 Views

    When it comes to good ideas it’s the simple ones that are generally the best. So, back in 1971 when L.A based advertising consultant Charles E, Bird was strolling through a campus car park on his way to address a college class he couldn’t help but notice the sheer number of student owned VW Beetles. As a specialist in advertising to the youth market he’d been struggling to find a way to get the message across to the younger generation through traditional established media and was looking for something different that would appeal to the demographic but didn’t have associations with the man. Continue Reading

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