Yeoman Lowbrow

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A working stiff by day, by night a purveyor of retro culture ramblings. Curator of the popular blog Retrospace since ’08, YL still can’t reach the bottom of the well of vintage pop culture goodness. What began as a hobby to retreat from a career in forensic science, has turned into an unhealthy obsession. Pray he gets help.

Yeoman Lowbrow's Recent posts:

Music matters – setting the right environment for trading

Every year, there are more and more of us getting into Forex trading. No longer is it seen as beyond the reach of the hobby investor, the home worker or … (read more)

Posted: 10th, June 2018 | In: Online-PR | Comment

Abnormal Tales: 33 Vintage Lesbian Paperbacks From the 50s And 60s

“TWISTED”, “Depraved”, “Warped” – these are words often found on the covers of sleazy lesbian paperbacks of the 1950s and 60s. Anything other than “normal” heterosexuality was seen as shameful … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Books, Flashback | Comment

Those Swinging 60s Sweater Studs That Made Men Easy And Women Yield


YOU’VE seen them – those needle-craft booklets that were so popular in decades past.  When it was fairly common to construct your own clothes (a skill that fell off a cliff … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment

1940s Pre-Code Comic Book Horrors And Dr Wertham’s 1954 Seduction of the Innocent



“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.”

– Oscar Wilde

Dr. Wertham’s 1954 book, Seduction of the Innocent, was an … (read more)

Posted: 29th, June 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)

Guilty Pleasures: 5 Musicians Of The 70s You’re Supposed To Hate (But Secretly Love)

1. The Carpenters
Everyone remembers that scene in Tommy Boy where Farley and Spade declare their distaste for The Carpenters. After all, The Carpenters are “lame”. Only the biggest loser would … (read more)

Posted: 27th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment (1)

12 Vintage TV Publicity Photos That Must Be Seen


FROM the Sonny & Cher show, here’s mom and Chastity (now Chaz) before the female-to-male gender transition. Is it wrong that I still find Cher sexy in a Tweety Bird … (read more)

Posted: 27th, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Drive the Chicks Wild! Vintage Menswear Adverts


THE obvious way to sell men’s clothing is to proclaim that the garments will somehow turn the average guy into an irresistible Studasaurous.  From the late Sixties to early Eighties, when … (read more)

Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1)

Is Rock And Roll Dead? No. It Just Smells Bad



“ROCK and Roll isn’t dead.  It just smells bad.”

I am, of course, paraphrasing Frank Zappa’s famous response when asked whether jazz was dead.  Who would have guessed that quote would … (read more)

Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (13)

10 Reasons Aerobics In The 1980s Was Crazy Awesome

BY THE 1980s, the Baby Boomers, who had enjoyed the Sexual Revolution as trim youth, suddenly found themselves with a little extra weight as they entered their thirties. The alarm was … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, June 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment (1)

Bumping Geriatric Balls in the 60s : The Album


THIS record is proof of a glitch in the Matrix.  Life is an illusion, a computer simulation, created by aliens to harness our biologic energy…. it’s literally the only explanation for … (read more)

Posted: 19th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Music | Comments (2)

The 20 Greatest Codas In Popular Music: The Song Goes From Average To Anthem


SONGS are composed of various different structures: the chorus, verse, bridge, etc. If they’re put together right, it sounds like one cohesive unit. Today, we’re looking at one section in particular … (read more)

Posted: 17th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (4)

Hollywood Adaptations of Vintage TV Shows: An Awe-Inspiring String of Failures

THE success rate of old television shows brought to the big screen is a sad one, to say the least. Time after time, great shows have been adapted to film with less … (read more)

Posted: 16th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comments (5)

8 Reasons Children of the 1970s Should All Be Dead

The way things are going, every kid is going to go to school wearing bubble wrap and a helmet.  Back in the 1970s (and earlier), parents didn’t stress about our … (read more)

Posted: 9th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (442)

Peter Tork’s Dairy Erotica On Acid: A Look Inside The March 1971 ‘TEEN magazine


THERE’S no better insight into the teenage girl psyche than those ubiquitous teen magazines. So, let’s step into the mind of early Seventies teenyboppers and take a look at the March … (read more)

Posted: 6th, June 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (2)

16 Tragic Science Fiction Calendar Miscalculations


THE phrase “Where’s my jetpack?” has become something of a collective outcry in recent years.  Since the 1950s, we’ve been indoctrinated with visions of the future full of spaceships, time travel, … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (10)

The Top 10 Lyrical Low Points of the 1970s


BACK in January, we covered The Top Ten Lyrical Low Points of the 1980s.  Well, it’s time to tackle another decade – the 1970s.  While there were certainly a lot of good … (read more)

Posted: 30th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (8)

Soda Can Devolution: From Elegantly Simple To Eyeball Assault


IT’S RARE for a product’s logo or package design to stay constant over the years.  More often than not, they get a makeover every few years to keep up with the … (read more)

Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (5)

Your Official Guide To 1970s CB Slang


THE INTERNET has created its own slang, saturated with efficient abbreviations and a constantly evolving jargon that only insiders know. As novel as this seems, just a few decades ago there … (read more)

Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1)

Funny Not Found: TV Guide Adverts For Terrible Comedies

IF you ever start to get depressed by the current TV offerings, take a look at the comedies airing in the States in decades past.  Here are 15 adverts from TV … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, May 2014 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

The Top 15 Greatest Retro Sci-Fi TV Themes


THE mission: To identify the top 15 science fiction television program themes from eons past. It’s a region of space many Internet listers have gone before… but those were just training … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

The Most Interesting Man In The World: Actor William Smith


THE Dos Equis guy has nothing on actor, William Smith.  No – I didn’t say Will Smith.  We’re not talking about the Fresh Prince here, folks.  I’m talking about William Smith the … (read more)

Posted: 21st, May 2014 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (16)

Those Fabulous and Frightening 1970s Kitchens


THIS couple looks genuinely afraid of their new kitchen – and well they should be.  Kitchens around the 1970s could be a fearful sight.   Retina scorching wallpaper, oddly unmatched linoleum, and … (read more)

Posted: 19th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment