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Vintage Footwear Adverts Unlaced

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LADIES – no need to fight.  There are shoes aplenty in this article, so there are more than enough for the both of you.  Here is a cornucopia of retro footwear adverts that should keep everyone satisfied for a …

Posted: 15th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Boeing Dreamliner: US Air Tweeted This Photo Of A Woman With A Toy Plane In Her ‘Lady Hanger’

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THE Boeing 787 Dreamliner also did sound a bit like a tampon. Maybe that explains why US Airways reacted to a woman who complained of a bad flight with a photo of a woman with a model of a …

Posted: 14th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Britain’s Biggest Hero Lives In Stonegate And Ticket Inspectors Spread TB In Cattle

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THE biggest fare dodger in railway history is Our Hero. Every work day for five years Our Hero travelled from his home in Stonegate to London’s Canon Street station. He worked out that if he swiped an Oyster card …

Posted: 14th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Banned From Buying Alcohol In Co-op After Joking It Was For 12-Year-Old Daughter

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“THAT’S your beer sorted out,” said Kieran O’Sullivan, 48, to his sober 12-year-old daughter as they attempted to pay for alcohol at a Co-op supermarket in Worthing, West Sussex. We say attempted because the cashier heard the quip and banned …

Posted: 14th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1936: Claud Butler Cycling Tweed Suits For Whitsun

ANYBODY else think cycling gear has gone downhill since this Claud Butler Whitsun “rigout” was advertised in 1936?

 

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Posted: 13th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Seattle Burger Shop Uses Bong Toking Jesus To Celebrate Cheap Easter Meat

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OUTAGE in Seattle, Washington, over the new ad for burger eatery Lunchbox Laboratory featuring the call to celebrate Easter with a weed-smoking Jesus. The ad tells readers:

“When I get back all I want is the Burger of the Gods.”

Posted: 13th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Singapore Tourism Board’s Promo Video Is A Big WTF?

THIS Singapore Tourism Board’s Promo video is more than a little odd. Stay with it to the end.

Come and see ‘where the world is heading’:

Posted: 12th, April 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Murderabilia: Nurse Wants £10,000 For Harold Shipman’s Medical Examination Couch

PSST! Wannabe buy Dr Harold Shipman’s old medical examination couch? He was Britain’s most prolific serial killer, given 15 life sentences for the murders of as many as 215 patients.

 

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Marjorie Chakravarti, 72, was a senior sister at …

Posted: 12th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1903: Girlie Mag Vanity Fair Profiles ‘The Bifurcated Girls: Gay Girls In Trousers’

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IN 1903, The Commonwealth Publishing Company of New York City’s magazine Vanity Fair (no, another one; this one ran from February 1902 to April 1904) produced the article on The Bifurcated Girls: Gay Girls In Trousers.

 

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Dian Hansen …

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 Highly Troubling Vintage Adverts

HERE is some free advice for up-and-coming marketing execs: Adverts should not make consumers feel nauseous or deeply uncomfortable. Nor should they cause consumers to experience waking nightmares or abdominal pain. You wouldn’t think this sort of instruction would be …

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasn’t A Christian

IN 1940, the pamphlet A potato that wasn’t a Christian hit the streets.

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Now read on:

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Mummy. Who makes potatoes..?

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Spotter: Baby Jesus on a Cross, Christian Nightmares

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Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Artist Jessica Harrison Makes Wonderful Blood And Bone China Statues

JESSICA Harrison makes the most fantastic art. Jessica, a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, holds a practice-led PhD in sculpture funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Her research considers the relationship between interior and

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Sexism: The A.C. Gilbert ‘Lab Technician Set For Girls’ (1958)

IN 1958 New Haven-based toymaker A.C. Gilbert Company turned youngsters onto science with a new kit. The LAB TECHNICIAN SET was a “CAREER BUILDING SCIENCE” kit.

And it was got Girls.

 

 

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How was it different for girls?

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Boys’ Fiction: Ripping Yarns From The Victorian and Edwardian Heyday of Public School Fiction

AT last, a welcome repeat of Michael Palin and Terry Jones’s Ripping Yarns – post-Python parodies of all things public school and derring-do.

 

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The series is reflected upon, and its inspiration investigated, in this highly enjoyable BBC documentary

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1978: Spiderman’s Celebrity Party (Can You Name All The Guests?)

FLASHBACK to 1978: Spiderman’s Celebrity Party

January 1978 cover of Marvel’s Pizzazz magazine. The magazine only lasted 16 issues.

Can you name them all?

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Posted: 5th, April 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vancouver Restaurant Invites Musicians To Play Free Of Charge – And One Makes A Great Counter-Offer

AD of the day: Vancouver restaurant invites musicians to play free of charge – and one makes a counter-offer:

 

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Spotter: @BarnabyEdwards

Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mad Men Rejoice: Plain Packaging For Cigarettes Will Increase Branding

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AS you’ll know there’s a move to get to the plain packaging of cigarettes. This is the rather strange idea that if we can’t associate red with Marlboro and white with Silk Cut then we’ll smoke fewer cigarettes …

Posted: 4th, April 2014 | In: Money, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


10 Revolting Packaged Foods That Taste Of Regret

STROLLING down Memory Lane on the way to Anorak Towers, we came across an old advertisement for Spangles – the sweet signifier of choice for lazy peddlers of nostalgia.

But instead of invoking it alongside Chopper bicycles and Spacehoppers, it …

Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Regrettable Reads: A Stack Of Objectively Bad Vintage Books

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THEY say not to judge a book by its cover, but I think it’s pretty safe to say all of these books are horrible without ever turning a page.  That being said, it’s sometimes fun to check out some …

Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


These 1970s Onesie Bodysuits Got Men ‘Into Something New’

MEN’S fashion is an endless source of point-and-laugh fun. In this instalment, we hard back to the 1970s, wherein the Onesie For Him was knocking them bandy in the boardroom and bedroom.

Do say: With your Onesie, you look macho …

Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spoonfuls of Horror: The Worst Breakfast Cereals Of All Time

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THE worst cereal of all time, for me, has always been Grape-Nuts (AKA aquarium gravel). Yet, as I grew older, I actually came to like these granular pellets which look like they belong at the bottom of a fish …

Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Hasselhoff Sells Huge Statue Of Himself Dressed As A Lifeguard (Photos)

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DAVID Hasselhoff is so rock and roll. And now you can roll him into your room and rock him gentle as you straddle his back and surf along to his greatest hits as a woman in red tosses salty …

Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0