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From 1968 And 1970 Visitors To Margate And Girvan Took A Trip Through Keith Albarn’s Fun Houses

IN 1968, the Funland theme park in Margate, Kent, introduced a new attraction.

Created by Keith Albarn, The Spectrum presented psychedelic rooms, each space presenting intrigued youth with an adventure and a challenge. Rooms features “Ekistikit” – a GRP modular …

Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


DIY English Fashions Of The Mid 20th Century

JAMES Lileks has looked beyond the shards of lard and war-effort carrot stuck between our grey teeth to DIY British fashions of the mid 20th Century.

We kick off with…

 

Lovely bird – drove the lads down at the

Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Anyone Sending Goods To North Korea Needs To Fill In This Paranoid Customs Form

ANYONE seeking to send supplies to North Korea, needs to fill in this customs form:

 

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Spotter: Tamerlane’s Thoughts

Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1962-1977: The Wonderful Designs Of Sainsbury’s Own-Label Groceries

IN the 1960s, Sainsbury’s began selling own-label groceries. The packaging was marvellous:

Like these cornflakes from 1968.

 

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And these Ritz crackers:

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You can find out more in the book Own Label: Sainsbury’s Design Studio, 1962-1977:

In

Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Wonderful London Review of Books Personal Ads, Curated By David Rose

 

DAVID Rose created a ‘love sought’ section for the London Review of Books. Rose was the organ’s advertising director when he developed the personals section in 1998. Lovelorn literary types wrote in. The very first classified ad went:

“Disaffiliated flâneur,

Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pages of Polyester: The Sears 1974 Catalog

FROM the women’s fashion section of the 1974 Fall-Winter Sears Catalog, here are 35 pages of earth-toned acrylics, skin-tight polyester, and knitted creations that should have never seen the light of day.  Seventies fashions are fun to behold because they …

Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1943: Bizarre American Locomotive Company Advert

IN 1943, The American Locomotive Company published this advert:

 

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1955 Hair Tonic Advert: Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

IN the 1950s, Lucky Tiger would seduce the girls. If you got really lucky, you could mount their heads.

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic Adverts: ‘Tolerant Lesbian Mona (w), 31 Searches For A Shared Apartment In Berlin’

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THIS is great. Mona “(w), 31 searches in shared apartment in Berlin Friedrichshain”.

Tolerant Lesbian tolerant you

Min Room Size: 20m ² Max Rent: € 5

I, 31, am a good-natured open leftist* and openly feminist student of

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tomes Of Shame: Awful Nonfiction From The 1970s

THE sad truth is, nonfiction garbage is hard to come by.  Libraries regularly cull their shelves, ridding the world of their outdated and tacky tomes.  Plus, how many people are going to display any one of these books in their

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Matchbox Cars Were Made For Her Majesty The Queen In 1965

 

IN1965, Matchbox toys were die-cast objects of delight, produced by LESley Smith and RodNEY SMith’s Lesney Products & Co. Ltd.

 

 

This video show us how they were made:…

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tony Blair Was Framed: George Bush’s Art Become Bootleg Merchandise

GEORGE W. Bush’s paintings have been adapted to feature on pillows, bags, throws and clocks. Bush’s collection – “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” –  features the faces of his dad, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and Hamid Karzai.

Posted: 26th, April 2014 | In: Politicians, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Inside Scarfolk: An Interview With The Mayor Of Dystopia UK, Richard Littler

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IF you’ve visited Richard Littler’s Scarfolk, you will have come away with a feeling of how life was in mid-20th Century Britain. Scarfolk is a dystopian town in the North-West of England gripped by fear of witches, children, …

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Artist Milo Moiré Use Her Vagina To Give Birth To A Picture

Milo Moire creates Plop Egg painting Art Cologne 2014

 

WANT to see Swiss artist Milo Moiré give birth to a painting? No. She’s not got one rolled up inside her vagina. And it’s not certainly not framed. Nothing so conventional for Milo.

Milo uses ink and acrylic …

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Mesut Ozil Is Remade As A Chocolate Egg

GARY Lineker flogs fatty food crisps to sports fans. And in Germany, the budding sport stars can tuck into World Cup 2014 Kinder Surprise eggs, such as this one featuring Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

This is his face on the …

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tormented And Alone: The Neurotic Dreams Of The Ladies Of Romance Comics

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READING old romance comic books is like slipping into the subconscious mind of the mid-century female. It was a time when their entire well-being and happiness revolved around dumb men; when every single action and decision was predicated on …

Posted: 24th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Should We Boycott Record Store Day?

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AS everyone knows, Record Store Day is to hipsters what Valentine’s Day is to the romantics. It’s enforced fun where naysayers chirp “you shouldn’t need a designated day to show someone you love them/buy records” and generally, …

Posted: 23rd, April 2014 | In: Music, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slacks Relapse: A Look At Chick Pants Of The 1970s

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OTHER than a brief Capri pants fad during the early Sixties, women rarely wore pants in public. It was dresses and skirts only. Then the Women’s Liberation movement hit its stride in the Seventies, and the ladies started to …

Posted: 22nd, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


16 Retro Board Game Curiosities That No Family Played Twice

A WHILE back, we covered some pretty peculiar games; however, there still remain board game curiosities which cry out for your attention. It seems there was no limit to the imagination (and debilitating insanity) of board game manufacturers. For …

Posted: 18th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gabriel García Márquez 1927-2014

RIP Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014:

 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Posted: 17th, April 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Regretful Reviews: Supertaster Amanda And Paddy Spend 10 Minutes Reviewing A Terry’s Chocolate Orange

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IN this regretful review ‘Supertaster Amanda’ and Paddy Uglow spend 10 minutes reviewing a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

I don’t think it’s a parody. It should be. But I just don’t think it is.…

Posted: 16th, April 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0