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  • Round and Round – The Eero Aarnio Chair

    1960s, Furniture • 10343 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 • 7205 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 • 6028 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.

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  • Super Seventies Japanese Film Posters

    1970s, Film, Poster • 22424 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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  • Ten Swinging Sixties Fashion Shows on Film

    1960s, Fashion • 6299 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 • 14058 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 • 3188 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 • 7146 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 • 6197 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 • 7618 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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