Regular readers will know by now my love for all things of yesteryear. My decade of choice is the 1950s, though I will go to the ’60s and late ’40s at a push. I do have some magazines from the ’70s and ’80s but they never get read, so I’ve made the decision to sell them. If you’re interested, all of the magazines below will be listed on Ebay from this evening for seven days.
There are some quite interesting articles and adverts in them. My favourite advert is a Nivea one: it has a picture of a really old Native American woman and a caption that reads something like, “Looks 80 doesn’t she? Halve that to get nearer her real age.” Apparently using Nivea will stop you looking like a wizened old squaw…
Have a look at the magazines on Ebay here.
There are two reasons why I absolutely love this song. Number one: I just love the song. I could listen to it over and over again. In fact, for the past two weeks, I think I’ve listened to it at least three times a day. Secondly, the video. As the info box on Youtube says: ‘Respect to the detroit electro house lovin fashionistas’.
The joyous dancing, the amazing outfits and just plain all-out exhuberance of it all. Why isn’t every music video a mash-up montage of moments in times gone by? I am only dancing exactly like that from now on.
If you like the sound of this, then visit the band (@civilcivic) elsewhere:
This time it appears to be me that inspired a dress from Woman’s Own:
This is a picture from last year when my school won a big party from Vodafone. It wasn’t actually at Granada Studios, it was at some boutique hotel (the name of which escapes me now) in Manchester. Fabulous night and I was very pleased with the vintage 80s-does-50s dress that I managed to find for £12.00
Imagine my delight when, on flicking through my Woman’s Own magazines, I found this:
It’s not exactly the same, but there are enough similarities to make me happy. I just need a pink headband and rosey bag. I could also do with being able to fit back into this dress for a wedding in a couple of weeks’ time. Unfortunately, having eaten my own body weight in chocolate tonight, I’m not sure that is going to happen. I’ve done so much running in the last week, but all it’s done is made me hungry, hungry, hungry!
Ah well, will just have to buy another dress instead…
- Mad Men Inspiration from Woman’s Own (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
- Rosey Romance (chiqueandtreats.wordpress.com)
- A Vintage Story (danihanrahan.wordpress.com)
I’m supposed to be working… I’m currently putting together a powerpoint on a competition for writing a script for a bus safety DVD, and trying to find examples on Youtube. Unsurprisingly, I’ve become distracted…
I think I’m going to show that one to my year eleven class who are studying ‘Educating Rita‘.
We’ve been watching this recently:
Not being the most knowledgeable people about films, we had no idea that Fritz Lang was such a well-known and influential director. We’ve just been enjoying looking at the sets, costumes and crazy stage makeup. Also, this is the version with Giorgio Moroder’s ’80s soundtrack: so retro, in so many ways. If you want to watch it on Youtube, the other parts are on the right hand side. Unfortunately, part 6 appears to be missing.
Some amazing artwork and posters from the film:
I am also going to wear this for next Halloween:
Continuing on with the Halloween and owl theme, I thought it was about time I showed you the vintage owl prints I got from Crosby last week. I found the picture above through another Google search. These vintage Halloween pictures are fab: I think next year, I will be decorating my classroom with these before Halloween itself.
These prints are really strangely made: lacquered clear over the prints themselves. On the back of the smaller one is a label for Mullionaires Limited, Made in England. I did a quick search for it online, managed to find another one on an old Ebay listning. There is also a patent on the process of coating the print. The prints themselves are by Basil Ede - who seems to be more famous than I first realised!
We won, we won, we won!
We won the 70s sunburst clock that we put in a bid for at the auction. Clock was collected last night and duly batteried, cleaned and inspected by the other half. A did a sterling job, as always!
I absolutely love it and cannot wait for it to be in situ somewhere in the house. There are so many modern reproductions; I’m thrilled to finally possess a genui-ine vintage one!
In honour of the new addition, I thought I’d post up some pics of our other retro clocks dotted around the house. There is a substantial collection of Westclox alarm clocks in the loft; fetching them out is definitely a job for another night!
Made in Germany, sold on a Glossop antiques market stall… this little treasure was purchased for the Holtster (AKA the other half) a few Christmasses ago. I think he was pleased with it!
Forget the iPod touch… all you need is this amazing clock! It comes complete with the radio and a light. What more do you need? Holtster bought this intending for it to be sold on Ebay. However, it was tested in the living room and seems to have found itself a comfy spot. In truth, I think both of us love it too much now to part with it.
I will find out the Westclox collection one day…
When I was a kid, I used to get a Ladybird book every week (if I was good) instead of sweets. There must be dozens of them at my parents house, unless they’ve got rid of them all! These books, released by Ladybird in the late 70s, early 80s, are some of those in a series of ‘How it Works…’.
Mine were a present from A two Christmasses ago. I think they look brilliant, but so far they’ve just sat on our bookshelf, which seems a shame. I would like to display them somehow, but am lacking space and ideas!