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  • Googie Style – Back to the Future

    1950s, 1960s, Architecture • 24521 Views

    The contrast between post-war America and the UK really was quite astounding in many ways almost to the point where it seems in the 1950s everything in the States was in colour and we were struggling along in good old black and white. There were many areas of contrast – cars, food, TV and film but the one we are taking a look at here is that of architecture and one notable style namely Googie Architecture. You may never have heard the name before but you will definitely have seen the style. Continue Reading

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  • The Art of Pepper

    1960s, 1970s, Art • 10601 Views

    One of the iconic late 1960s album covers is the 1967 release by ‘Love’ called ‘Forever Changes’. Not only is it a fantastic album (which comes highly recommended by VoEA) but also the cover art is particularly memorable and one of the early examples of psychedelic art work on album covers. This cover was created by artist Bob Pepper and here we take a brief look at his work from the 1960s onwards.  Continue Reading

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  • Unexpected Gems – Chubby Checker Gypsy

    1960s, Unexpected Gems • 1450 Views

    This latest gem comes from Ernest Evans or as he is known to friends and neighbours Chubby Checker and the B-side to his 1973 release ‘Reggae My Way’. Ignore the A-side and flip it over for this psychedelic-drum-and-organ-heavy stomper that never fails to please. This was first released on Checker’s 1969 album called ‘Chequered!’ (geddit?) which was later renamed ‘New Revelations’. Continue Reading

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  • Top Ten Fictional Bands

    Film, Music, Television • 12663 Views

     This is one we’ve been working on for a while now and has taken a bit of doing – however after much searching we can now proudly present to you VoEA’s Top Ten Fictional Bands. These are made-up bands that we’ve found from TV shows and films – this is by no means a comprehensive list and if you have any further suggestions we’d love to hear them but for now take a look at our offering and see if you like what we’ve cobbled together. Continue Reading

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  • Cavalier Attitude – Sixties Mens Magazine

    1960s, Magazine • 6633 Views

    US men’s magazine Cavalier (motto: For the American Male) started way back in 1952 and is still, some 60 years later, going now. It was first published the year before Playboy to whom it has often been compared and back in the day tried to be seen as slightly hipper, more youthful and a bit more sussed than its big name rival. Almost an anti-establishment Playboy. Your dad bought Playboy, you bought Cavalier.
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  • Joe’s Dope Sheet – Comic Book Art by Will Eisner

    1960s, 1970s, Art, Literature • 8721 Views

    You can say what you like about the US Army, and this in no way tries to defend them, but the preventative (or preventive as they title it – both words can be used correctly) maintenance publication: PS Magazine, they have been producing for the past 60 years, has had some inspired comic book style and for a 20 year period between 1951 and 1971 involved the work of legendary artist Will Eisner. Continue Reading

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  • Faux Design – Record and Book Covers

    Art, Book Covers, Vinyl • 4065 Views

    You wont find the Televista Moods 2 album on the Hampshire University labelwhile flicking through records at a car boot sale, neither will you see The Pigeon Fancier’s Gambit on the bookshelves of Oxfam, as all of these excellent designs are completely made-up. Continue Reading

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  • Prisunic and Design – A Unique Adventure

    1960s, 1970s, Retro Advertising • 5379 Views

    If you type the French word “Prisunic” into Google translate, it will tell you that it means ‘Dime Store’ or ‘Variety Store’. However on further investigation we found the following explanation

    “Prisunic was one of the main French chains of city-center supermarkets from its creation in 1931 until it was merged into Monoprix in 1997. The name is a phonetic pun on the French words “prix unique” (single price). Under no circumstances should you leave the name untranslated, since it will mean nothing to English-speaking readers. Localize” Continue Reading

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  • 1969 Computers at Work Book

    1960s, Literature • 4277 Views

    Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every two years and considering this was first expressed way back in 1965 (although the term Moore’s Law wasn’t used until 1970) it has been remarkably accurate ever since. Back in 1970 chips had around 2300 transistors and now they have over 2.5 billion. Blimey. Continue Reading

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  • In-Car Entertainment

    1960s, 1970s, Retro Advertising • 5776 Views

    Who’d have thought we’d be having unlikely bedfellows Brian Clough and Billy Preston in the same post? Make the most of it though because the odds are it won’t ever happen again. Continue Reading

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