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  • Ten Swinging Sixties Fashion Shows on Film

    1960s, Fashion • 5991 Views

    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 Reading

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  • On The Cards – Greetings From The Sixties

    1960s • 12746 Views

    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.

    Happy Viewing and all the best from Voices of East Anglia

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  • Australian Women’s Weekly Adverts

    1960s, 1970s, Retro Advertising • 1710 Views

    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 Reading

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  • Flower Powered – The Mod Top Car

    1960s, Transport • 6647 Views

    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.

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  • Hit The Road – Ray Charles Souvenir Brochure

    1960s, Literature, Music • 5657 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 • 6764 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 • 2446 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 • 1851 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 • 15084 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 • 6525 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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