is a series of advertising mock-ups which imagines modern products with the aesthetics and production of 1970s consumer electronics. Faux-wood paneling, angular fonts, and more orange than you can shake a stick at.
What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
The BBC broadcasted the science and technology showcase show Tomorrow's World
(titles on piano
) on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. Unlike the boosterism of US science programs, Tomorrow's World was more famous for it's live stunts and wry outlook ( James Burke experiences the "convenient" office of the future
and the future of home gardening
and crushing ennui
). The BBC has an archive of episodes and clips for UK visitors
, everyone else will have to be content with clips concerning Home Computers
, New Banking
, Nellie The School Computer
, The Elliot Light Pen
, Mobile Phones
, and Moog Synthesizers.
The miniskirts, hotpants, bellbottoms, boots, sunglasses, and hairdos of the Sixties Seventies
as worn by the famous and anonymous beauties of the time. (some images NSFW)
"Back when I was a boy, I bought a children's book at my town's library book sale called "2010: Living in the Future" by Geoffrey Hoyle. Written in 1972, it had been withdrawn from the library's collection by the mid-80s, when I picked it up. I've somehow managed to hang onto it for 25 years and now, suddenly, here we are: 2010. I'm reproducing this long out-of-print book here to see how we're doing. Are we really living in the future?
Playmobil Online Archiv
- Playmobils archive of every toy they've ever produced, from it's start in 1974
onwards. It's only available in German, but even non-German speakers can appreciate gems like this awesome tiger tamer
or these Mexican bandits
, odd anachronisms like the chimney sweep
or the figures for recreating the American civil war
. [more inside]
Remember old D&D? What, 3rd edition? Pah! Not 2nd edition AD&D either, nor 1st edition. Not even "original" Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal. I'm talking really
original D&D, based off of Chainmail wargaming rules. OD&D
! Read about it at Delta's D&D Hotspot
, which discusses the development of a game system that is almost 35 years old. [more inside]
From hair styles
, this site has amassed a massive fashion photo collection
of groovy celebrities and swingin' stars from the '60s and '70s.
1970s toy commercials.
From an era when things were more fun
, and fresh
. Whether you were a hipster
or a genius
type, there was some creative
toy to be had. Many toys were educational
and prepared you for the vicissitudes of adulthood
. (YouTube alert!)
Typing...on a screen!
Text (and cover image) of a 1973 issue of Radio-Electronics mag, showing a new fangled way of typing with a TV screen. I like how the mag is billed as "for MEN with ideas in electronics." Heh...
The Futuro House
- designed in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, this funky place is an example
of space age utopian architecture
. Made largely of plastic, the oil crisis nipped the design in the bud. Should you decide to build along these lines, here's some ideas for '70s decor