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Vintage football programmes with exciting women

Aston Villa programmes


Once upon a time women and football were an “unnatural” mix. Flashbak has a great selection of woman on football programme in the 1970s and 1980s.


vintage football programme


More here.


Posted: 16th, August 2016 | In: Sports | Comment

The story of the 1920s dead cat striker

In the 1920s, staff at the Anchor Brewery, the home of , in Norwich, Norfolk, went on strike. When a dead cat was found in a vessel of beer and a worker blamed for the mishap and sacked, the staff walked out.


Bullards dead cat strike


Victor Crowe, 90, whose father can be seen in the photo above  – that’s him in the flat cap with the patch over one eye –  says: “I remember him telling me about the walk-out. This resulted in the worker being reinstated. Cats were part of the workforce. They were brewery cats to kill the rats trying to get into the sacks containing the malt.”

Brewing ended at the Anchor Brewery in 1966.

Posted: 26th, June 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

Anorak Spots: Steinbeck on love, hairy Victorian women, kinky Medievil books, Russian criminal tattoos



On Flashbak this week we covered:

Fifteen Beautiful French Art-Deco Travel Posters by Roger BrodersRoger Broders was born in Paris in 1883. A brilliant illustrator he is best known for his travel posters, many of them commissioned by the French railway company Paris, Lyon, Mediteranée (PLM). From 1922 to 1932 he dedicated himself to poster art, although producing fewer than 100 posters in that time.

John Steinbeck: A 1958 Letter To His Son On Falling in Love: John Steinbeck was a Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. In addition to his great work – an oeuvre taking in Mice and Men, East of Eden (a book orginally addressed to his two young sons) and The Grapes of Wrath – he wrote letters.

The Horror of Guy N Smith: Guy N Smith was not considered suitable reading for English class when I was a kid, his gory tales of horror were the kind of frowned-upon fictions lumped beside such other verboten authors as Sven Hassel or Dennis Wheatley or Timothy Lea and his smutty Confessions of a… series.

Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files: Decoding The Mark Of Cain 1960-1989: From the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, Arkady Bronnikov, a senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs, checked on prisoners in the correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions, a beat that included St. Petersburg’s notorious Kresty Prison. As he did his rounds Bronnikov took photographs of convicts and their tattoos.

Watch A Bleak Film Of Every Atomic Explosion Since 1945:  Walt Disney taught us to love the atom and its wondrous power to create. Ed Sullivan showed us a hellish vision of face-melting nuclear terror. We could learn how to survive the nuclear Armageddon with books made on paper, which might not endure the explosion but would give hours of fun for all what remained of your family. You kids could build your own bomb and dream of becoming Miss Atomic Bomb as you relaxed in a bath of life restoring radium, browsing the catalog full of things to help you thrive in the nuclear winter.

38 Photos That Prove Victorian Women Never Cut Their Hair: Women in the Victorian era competed to see who has the strongest next muscles. To prove their strength, these sporting types would grow a ton of hair on this heads. Last one to topple over or develop a fractured spine won. Top prize prize was a pair of shears and freedom.

Weird Trippy Sex Pictures From Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts: The Illuminated Medievil manuscripts contained asides, jokes, barbs and revelations as to what a monk was thinking as he sat, head bowed over a book, his being, soul and genitals lashed with dread warnings about sex, demons and the the hellish hereafter.

Posted: 2nd, September 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

The Story Of British Road Signs



On Flashbak, the story of British road signs.

You might not know the name Margaret Calvert, but the British know her work. In 1964 Calvert and Jock Kinneir (1917-1974), her former tutor at Chelsea College of Art, finished creating the country’s road signs, like the one for Men At Work (above). (On 1 January 1965 the new road signage system became law)


margaret calvert


Calvert says of the man digging: “Man having difficulty with a large umbrella… Of course, once you see that, it just looks like a large umbrella, but I don’t mind that.”

She told Frieze: “I now regret that I didn’t put a corner of a spade on the ‘men at work’ sign, it would have stopped all the jokes about a man struggling to put up an umbrella!”

Many of these pictograms…

“….were inspired by aspects of her own life. The cow featured in the triangular sign warning drivers to watch out for farm animals on the road was based on Patience, a cow on her relatives’ Warwickshire farm. Eager to make the school children crossing sign more accessible, she replaced the image of a boy in a school cap leading a little girl, with one of a girl – modelled on a photograph of herself as a child – with a younger boy.

Calvert described the old sign as being: “quite archaic, almost like an illustration from Enid Blyton… I wanted to make it more inclusive because comprehensives were starting up.”

READ: Calvert And Kinneir’s Sign Design Classics: In 1965 British Roads Got Their Identity.

Posted: 20th, August 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment