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  • PAn Am Posters

    Flight of your Life – Pan Am Posters

    1960s, 1970s, Ephemera, Poster • 3973 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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  • Martha The Queen

    Martha Jean ‘The Queen’ Steinberg – African-American Icon

    1950s, 1960s, Music • 1195 Views

    As one of the first female DJs and also one of the first African-American DJs in the States Martha Jean ‘The Queen’ Steinberg was hugely influential, progressive, inspirational and not one to shy away from a challenge.

    Born Martha Jean Jones in Memphis, Tennessee in 1930 she married Luther Steinberg, qualified as a nurse and had three children before entering a talent contest in 1954 hosted by local radio station WDIA. She came second but was still offered a spot on the weekend show and from there progressed to become host of the prime time weekday evening show. Her sultry vocals became popular with the listeners and her unique role as a female DJ cemented her popularity. Continue Reading

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  • 1974 Car Show London

    Seventies London Motor Shows

    1970s, Transport • 2653 Views

    Previously we’ve mirror, signal and manouvered and head on down the highway to the Motor city to visit the Detroit Auto Show during the sixties. We have also reversed back in time and parked up in the the windy city to stroll around the Chicago car show. This time we stay a bit closer to home as we pay and display and have a look around the London car Shows of the seventies that were staged at Earls Court. Continue Reading

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  • Black and white

    Detroit and Beyond

    1970s, 1980s, Everyday People, Photographers • 3013 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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    Common Scents – Fragrance Adverts From The Past

    1960s, 1970s, Retro Advertising • 7733 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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