Posts tagged "retro"

These Vintage “Ideal Love Mate” Trading Cards From 1941 Are Delightfully Sexist

There's a guy at the Brooklyn Flea Market who sells an impressive and ever-growing collection of vintage/retro kids toys and collectibles, including action figures, matchbox cars, wind-up toys, Garbage Pail Kids, the random remains of long forgotten rock collections and the like. It's fun to sift through everything he's got, either to get nostalgic about…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 23, 2014

Vintage Shopping Guide: 15 Amazing Retro Pieces And Where We’d Wear Them

Today in Nashville adventures, we tried to leave Winona's living room and relocate to a cute, little coffee shop to blog. But alas, there were no seats available. So, like any good blogger would, we decided to ditch our laptops and go on a vintage shopping bonanza. Click through to see the gems we discovered,…
By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 30, 2014

Into The Archives: 1957’s The Scientific & Easy Way To Gain Weight Is The Weirdest Diet Book Of All Time

My mom gave me treasure: a small pile of small paperback books produced by someone named Jose Bonomo who may or may not be a real person, from the 1950s-1960’s on various womanly things, like how to have flawless hair, makeup, figures, diets, and even parties. I feel like I am a 1960’s housewife i…
By: Almie Rose / November 18, 2013

I Need This Karma Chameleon Phone

I guess back in the '80s some baby genius manufactured a phone reflective of the hit Boy George song "Karma Chameleon." As evidenced by the video, it's a phone shaped like a chameleon that sings to you every time someone calls. I want it, I want it, I want it! [YouTube]…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 8, 2013

Luxuriate In This Terrifying Portable Plug In Steam Cabinet

Sometimes you're like, "Geez, I really wish I could enjoy a healthy, invigorating steam while watching 'Rizzoli & Isles' in my living room."  You are always saying that and you know it! Too bad you -- and "Rizzoli & Isles" -- weren't around in 1983, when some monster took it upon himself to invent a…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 1, 2013

When Fashion Shows Were Psychedelic Happenings

This is a short glimpse at 1971 Yves St. Laurent fashion show in Paris for which St. Laurent, who was wildly ahead of his time in most respects, booked the Jean-Claude Vannier's psych rock band L'efant Assassin des Mouches to keep time for the runway models. Vannier was also known as one of Serge Gainsbourg'…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 4, 2013

There Is Nothing Better Than This Dancing Guy

As someone who is apparently not intelligent enough to follow the steps on my "Step Up Revolution" workout DVD, I'm in awe of the dancing in this clip from a 1964 episode of "The Judy Garland Show." While the guys in the backline appear to be phoning it in a little bit, the guy u…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 4, 2013

11 Toys That Scared The Crap Out Of Us As Kids

As far as I'm concerned, the '80s toy Teddy Ruxpin was already a bit of a creepster. A strange combo man/bear with perpetually outstretched arms, Ruxpin was at turns needy and difficult, with the vocal intonations of a serial killer. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. Portland, Oregon, artist Sean Hathaway…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

Catch An ’80s Dance Party Fever

There's a special place in my heart for late '70s and early '80s dance party shows. The more local and cable access-y, the better. So I'm especially fond of this clip from Detroit-area dance show, "The Scene," featuring one of the first ever Detroit techno hits, "Sharevari," by A Number of Names. This clip i…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 20, 2012

Betsey Johnson Before She Was Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson has been around for a long ass time. Here she is in 1966, checking out models in her studio (Betsey is seated on the left), looking the picture of mod coolness.
By: Julie Gerstein / November 3, 2012

5 Fashion Swaps To Do With Your Mom

Whether you grew up with a cool mom or not, chances are your mom's got something vintage and amazing worth stealing in her closet. The nostalgic nature of fashion means that we're always looking back, even as we're looking forward -- so if you keep stuff in your wardrobe long enough, eventually it'll…
By: Julie Gerstein / October 4, 2012

Scandalous Butt-Baring Men’s Fashions From The 1950s

What were the most cutting edge men of the 1950s wearing to the beach? Butt-baring barely-there swimwear, if this old reel is any indication. This fashion show, highlighting the creations of campy Brit designer Dale Cavana,  features male models with shockingly tiny waists, revealing animal-print banana hammocks, and de rigeur "leisurely" knotted ties. Enjoy! […
By: Julie Gerstein / August 20, 2012

Quiz: Guess What These Strange Vintage Beauty Products Were Used For

We slather on tons of lotions and potions in order to get our skin glowing and gorgeous -- and apparently women have been doing this since the beginning of time. Just ask Cleopatra's eyeliner applier. But in the 1950s and '60s, beauty treatments took a strangely Draconian turn. Our friends at Collectors Weekly…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 25, 2012

How To Undress In Front Of Your Husband, Circa 1937

Do you ever pause before putting in your mouth guard and slipping into your oversize Sugar Ray concert T-shirt and think, "Maybe I need to add some old-fashioned sultriness to my bedtime routine?" Don't worry--Life magazine has got you covered. In a 1937 issue, they published a photo spread to teach wives how to undre…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 8, 2012

Enjoy This Ridiculous Vintage Victoria’s Secret Catalog

These days, Victoria's Secret is associated with straight up sex appeal. But back in the '70s, the lingerie company's catalog was more cheesy, soft lighting and elegant romance than sexy curves. The folks over at Beverly Hills Honeys unearthed this classic Vicky's Secret catalog from 1979 and it's full of high buns, sati…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 25, 2012

French Photographer Predicts Women’s Jobs Of The Future — In 1902

In 1902, photographer A. Bergertet shot a series of images imaging the bizarre jobs that women of the future might have. Women working? HOW WILD! Bergertet came up with a total of 20 possible professions and shot adorable and slightly risque postcards depicting how women might look in various fields. See more of the photo…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 9, 2012

Lingerie In Your Purse

There's nothing worse than meeting Person Whose Job You Want at a party and not having any way to contact them again, foiling your plans to kidnap them and slurp up their brains. An up-and-coming career lady such as yourself has got to have business cards and if your field lets you be quirky, go…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Ladies, Meet Your Home Economics Overlord

The nice folks over at Vintage Ads compiled a collection of the faces of Betty Crocker throughout the years. It's nice to see that while the visage may have changed, the commitment to a perfectly curled coif and magenta sweater sets has remained. [Vintage Ads]…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 3, 2012

A Totally Awkward ’80s Ad For Coffee

Coffee! It's the completely safe stimulant of choice of marathon runners, football players ... and the band Heart. This totally bizarre '80s commercial from the National Coffee Association tries to convince us that rockers were mainlining coffee, not cocaine, before shows. As if! "Because coffee gives you the serenity to dream it, and the vitality…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 3, 2012

Fashion Flashback: Super Cute ’60s Style

We came across these photos of teen girls from the 1960s and fell in love. We thought you might also appreciate a glimpse into what hippie teens wore around high school campuses back in the day. I'm really wishing I had a pair of corduroy bells right about now...
By: Julie Gerstein / December 11, 2011
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