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  • Robert McGinnis – Groovy Book Covers

    1960s, 1970s, Art, Book Covers, Literature • 11094 Views

    Artist Robert McGinnis is probably best known for his film poster artwork. During his career he illustrated over 40 movie posters in total, these included several James Bond films, Barbarella, Sleeper and his first ever poster assignment Breakfast at Tiffanys.

    He also painted over 1,200  book covers. His work was seen on paperback covers for Avon, Bantam, Berkley, Dell, Gold Medal, Popular Library, Signet  and other publishers. Here are some of our favourites. Continue Reading

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  • Shot In The Dark – Groovy Pinball Machine Art

    1960s, 1970s, Art • 4700 Views

    Flip out to our psychedelic selection of vintage pinball machine back glass pictures. Although the original idea of pinball dates back to the 1700s, the coin operated arcade machines didn’t appear until the 1930s. Our pick of colourful pinball machine art comes from the Sixties and beyond. Continue Reading

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  • Vinyl in Life Magazine

    1950s, Magazine, Vinyl • 7223 Views

    Life magazine started way back in 1936, so it will be no surprise that our favourite physical format of music has made many appearances in the magazine over the years.

    Among our vinyl selection are a few famous faces including singer Peggy Lee leaning on a stack of records and actor Steve Mcqueen with his collection thrown across the floor.  Continue Reading

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  • Sock It To ‘Em – Retro Advertising

    1960s, Ephemera, Fashion, Retro Advertising • 5475 Views

    We guess that advertising socks must of been a pretty tough task. Apart from the pictures and the numerous play on word titles like “He’s got socks appeal”, there’s not too much you can say about a pair of socks.

    Despite this we’ve found some cool adverts scattered around the internet from the 1950s to 1970s.  Continue Reading

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  • Paris in Spring

    1960s, Art, Poster • 2809 Views

    May 1968 saw the first wildcat strikes over France, in particular Paris. It started when students began to protest against University administrators and the police, and it broke out in Lycees and Universities all over the city. Ending in riots and massive strikes all over the country, the government of the time was nearly brought to a standstill, and Parlaimentary elections were arranged for June. This huge time of unrest was seen as a watershed moment in modern French history, as French society rejected the stricter more conservative outlook, and adopted a liberal stance. Continue Reading

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  • A Nostalgic Look At The Future – The Sleeper House

    1960s, 1970s, Architecture, Film • 4796 Views

    “I’m a clarinet player in 1973, I go into the hospital for a lousy operation, I wake up 200 years later and I’m Flash Gordon! said the Woody Allen Character Miles Monroe in the film Sleeper. 

    As the Sculptured house in Colorado resembles some sort of spaceship that has landed on a side of a mountain, It’s no surprise that Woody used it as a location in his 1973 futuristic comedy film Continue Reading

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  • Vintage Recording Studio Gear

    1960s, 1970s, Magazine, Music, Retro Advertising • 6883 Views

    We’re not going to pretend we know much about Vintage recording studio gear – because we don’t. We just like these Sixties and Seventies magazine adverts for the images and designs, the cool fonts and the bizarre slogans like “The machine that speaks two languages. Longhair and Long Hair”.  Continue Reading

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  • Takin’ It To The Streets

    Everyday People, Food • 2132 Views

    Street food is really ready to eat food, sold in the street or similar public places, like a market etc, usually by a hawker or vendor, and from a portable stall. Countries and regions vary on their favourites, and to get to really know a place on your travels, the street food experience is a good start.  Continue Reading

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  • More From The HMV Oxford Street Record Store in London

    1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, HMV, Popular, Vinyl • 619 Views

    After the runaway success of our Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties post, we thought we’d have another look around the world wide web for pictures of the shop in other decades. We expected to find a few photos of the London store, however we have found loads!

    The pictures range from the 1930s to 1970s, there are a few 1960s ones that we’ve featured, but from different angles, such as the much talked about spiral staircase.

    As well as lots of pictures of vinyl there are photos of the listening booths, The central record information bureau, the store room and a young lady in the 1950s giving a mixing demonstration in the store…. with a food blender. Continue Reading

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  • Welcome to Slacksville – 1960s Menswear Adverts

    1960s, Fashion, Retro Advertising • 3981 Views

    These record cover inspired adverts from the Sixties are worth checking out for the clothing related song titles alone – (Knittin’) on the dock of the bay, Incense and Permanent Press and That old slack magic are just a few of our favourites. 

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