retro

For The Love Of God Do Not Set Your iPhone Clock Back To 1970

Here is a cautionary tale for our time.

Apple has always bragged about their “no viruses” reputation, however, if you are dumb and decide to do this hack,…

Katrin Higher |

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry |

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…

Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger |

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…

Almie Rose |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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.

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Jessica Wakeman |

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,…

Julie Gerstein |

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…

Julie Gerstein |
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