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  • Prisunic and Design – A Unique Adventure

    1960s, 1970s, Retro Advertising • 4327 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 • 3284 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 • 4620 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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  • The Funky Side of Sammy Davis Jr

    1960s, 1970s, Film, Music • 3861 Views

    Much has been written about Sammy Davis Jr over the years and that’s including his three autobiographies so we won’t re-hash all the stuff about the Rat Pack, the three marriages, the racism, the horrific car crash where he lost his eye, the drinking and the gambling. Not in this post anyway. Here we are taking a look at the funky side of Sammy, a man who could sing and dance with the best of them and who could without doubt cover a classic track and make it all his own. Continue Reading

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  • House of The Future – Kunstoffhaus FG 2000

    1970s, Architecture • 5813 Views

    Even the name of this house sounds futuristic -The Kunstoffhaus FG 2000, the name sounds like it would be better suited to a kitchen appliance, rather than a house. Although we guess that when Wolfgang Feierbach was designing his dream home of the future, names like ‘The Lodge’ or ‘Primrose Cottage’ were not on his list. Continue Reading

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  • 1970s Hamburg Concert Photos

    1970s, Music • 3741 Views

    Back in the early Seventies, Heinrich Klaffs was a Freelance journalist,  photographer,  police reporter and editor at the HamburgerAbendblatt newspaper. During his time at the Hamburg paper he had the opportunity to take countless shots of local concerts. Continue Reading

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  • Lesser-Known Youth Culture – Chicago Gousters

    1960s, Fashion, Youth Culture • 8896 Views

    We first stumbled across the term Gousters (the first syllable rhymes with now) courtesy of the excellent Chicago based blog darkjive and since then we’ve been trying to find out more about them but with limited success. This is by no means a comprehensive article on Gousters and we can only use the material we have available, if anyone out there knows some more then please contact us because we’d love to hear more about this little known fashion. Continue Reading

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  • Twenty Health and Safety Posters

    1950s, 1960s, Art • 14005 Views

    Before the World went completely health and safety bonkers there was a gentler time when people were reminded rather than told what to do. Unfortunately when people are given gentle reminders they tend just to ignore them which is why we have our rampant health and safety culture now. So by way of our own gentle reminder we cast our eyes back to the 1950s/1960s and some British and American safety posters from a slightly less safe but also slightly less pushy era. Continue Reading

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  • Wattstax – Come Together

    1970s, Film, Music • 2760 Views

    In August 1972 Stax Records organised the Wattstax music festival to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. The riots themselves started with the arrest of a 21 year old African American, Marquette Frye, on suspicion of drink-driving in the Watts area of Los Angeles.

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  • Messin’ About On The River – 1960s Boat Brochure

    1960s, Art, Retro Advertising • 3210 Views

    ‘There are boats made from kits that’ll reach you in bits For messin’ about on the river’

    Now, we’re not sure if these lyrics from Tony Hatch’s water themed song apply to these cool illustrations from an early Sixties boat catalogue, because we have to confess our nautical-knowledge is very sparse. Continue Reading

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