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  • The Barnacle Influenced Brenton House

    1970s, Architecture • 7935 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 • 1754 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 • 5861 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 • 1289 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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  • Houses Architects Live In – 1970s Interior Design

    1970s, Architecture • 20017 Views

    The Author of the “Houses Architects Live in” Barbara Plumb had previously written two other books covering interior design – Young Designs in Living in 1969 and Young Designs in Colour which was published in 1973. Later she moved on to floral artistry and decorative art with her book “Bouquet from the Met”.

    Here we focus on interiors as we take a look at these great pictures from this 1977 Book. The photos show how Architects lived the laidback bohemian lifestyle with Blow-up chairs, Frank Zappa posters, neverending sofas and lots and lots of wood. Continue Reading

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  • The Changeover – 1971 Decimal Day

    1970s • 5158 Views

    We grew up in a time when pocket money was paid in pence and (If you were lucky) pounds, so we don’t really know our shillings from our thrupenny bits. Now we go back and take a look at some of the publications and images that would prepare you for Decimal Day back in 1971.

    For Youngsters the popular comic The Dandy published a Decimal Day cover warning readers to get their new pennies ready for Korky the cat. And if you missed the comic cover there were new decimal chocolate coins and ..um a knitting pattern to remind you. Continue Reading

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  • Time For Tee – T-Shirt Adverts From The Past

    1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Retro Advertising • 1757 Views

    If a James Brown T Shirt is good enough for James Brown, then it’s good enough for us. However we’re not sure that wearing a Jethro Tull T shirt did drive girls wild with desire in the seventies.

    Here we have a draw full of T shirts from the past. From a Drac-tastic Christopher Lee-Tee that you could wear to scare your friends to a T shirt that you could wear to show the world how much you love Weetabix.

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  • Flashback To The Future – Tinker The Robot

    1960s • 6328 Views

    Tinker the remote-controlled robot was the work of inventor David Weston from Yorkshire. His metal friend could wash the car, take the baby for a stroll down the road, go on a shopping expedition and weed the garden. However, all of of these tasks had to be done within 200 metres of David’s garage, where he controlled Tinker through a control panel.

    Due to lack of space at David’s home the robot was eventually passed on to a family friend in 1974. Sadly the inventor passed away at the age of 71 in 1995. Continue Reading

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  • Dressed To Kill with Twiggy and The Avengers

    1960s, Fashion, Television • 5847 Views

    Here at Voices of East Anglia we’re no strangers to the world of sixties Spy-fi duo John Steed and Emma Peel. In the past we’ve covered the very short lived 1971 London stage play of The Avengers and cleaned up with some 1960s lux soap ads featuring Diana Rigg. This time we take a look at the fashion side of the popular television series with a couple of videos courtesy of British Pathe. Continue Reading

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  • Flight of your Life – Pan Am Posters

    1960s, 1970s, Ephemera, Poster • 16040 Views

    Pan American World Airlines or Pan Am as they were known throughout the World was from 1927 through to 1991 the largest airline in the States and also the unofficial flag carrier for the US. During their existence they were pioneers within the industry trialing as they did jet engines, jumbo jets and computerised reservation systems. Throughout the 1970s and 80s their blue globe logo was synonymous with the glamour of air travel but an almost perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances saw their untimely demise in the early 1990s never to be seen again. Continue Reading

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