Are you trying to write a period-correct Captain America story or just have questions about NYC in the 1930s-40s in general? The tumblr Steve Rogers Is Historically Accurate
is here to help.
Envisioning the American Dream
is "a visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid-Century media" that discusses topics such as Man and Machines
, Vintage Advice for Cheaters
, and Suburbia for Sale
, amongst many others.
Vintage Los Angeles
is Alison Martino's YouTube channel featuring a look back at Los Angeles during the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. There's an accompanying blog
and a facebook
Somewhere in-between the space-age bachelor pad sounds of Esquivel
and the gimmicky novelty of Spike Jonze
sits Mel Henke
, one of the most overlooked originators of the mid-century lounge sound. While most famous for versions of All That Meat
, 77 Sunset Strip
, and Pennies From Heaven
, his largely instrumental wink-wink-nudge-nudge album La Dolce Henke
is considered his masterpiece - The Lively Ones
- The Twisters
- You're Driving Me Crazy
- Woman In Space
- Farmer John
- Old McDonald Had A Girl
- See The USA In Your Chevrolet
- Last Night On The Back Porch
(Warning, historical sexism, erotic car metaphors)
We visited Weirdo Video back in 07
for propaganda films, but the YouTube channel
has been steadily updating with yesterday's ephemera. Why not enjoy some vintage newsreels about STRIKES! SULTANS! SUEZ! SAN FRANSISCO!
or some FITNESS FADS!
“During the 1920s, the British firm Parker-Holladay created a fictional character named Bill Jones. Mr. Jones’ dispensed his friendly advice to British clerical workers through colorful lithographic posters emblazoned with his get-right-to-the-point maxims." Why not enjoy this collection of can-do, yes-sir business motivational posters before you head back to work?
The Citizens for Decent Literature want you to join their fight against PRINTED POISON.
The Passion of Dave Stevens
— The work of the late, great Dave Stevens is known to comic book aficionados in the form of his enduring creation, The Rocketeer, and to art collectors and illustration enthusiasts for his reverently retro yet brilliantly modern renditions of vintage pulp characters, science fiction adventurers and iconic superheroes. But as dedicated Stevens fans know, the artist's true passion and inspiration manifests in his seemingly countless and unfailingly exquisite renderings of the female form, most typically in the classic pinup and "good girl art" style at which he became one of the very best. [nsfw comic art]
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.
Slap some retro on those photos with vintageJS
. [more inside]
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)
You are in a warm, dark, comfortable place. This has been your place since you became aware that you are alive. It's almost time to enter a different world now.
In 1986, Activision published a roleplaying computer game called Alter Ego
. Unlike the action and fantasy titles that ruled the day, this game simulated the course of a single ordinary life. Beginning at birth, players navigated a series of vignettes: learning to crawl, reacting to strangers, getting a first haircut. The outcome of each scenario subtly influenced one's path, and with every choice players slowly progressed through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Graphically minimalist
-- one's lifestream is represented by simple icons, and the scenarios are all text -- the game was nevertheless engaging, describing the world in a playful, good-natured tone tinged by darkness and melancholy. And it had quite a pedigree; developer and psychology PhD Peter Favaro
interviewed hundreds of people on their most memorable life experiences to generate the game's 1,200 pages of material. Unfortunately for Dr. Favaro, the game didn't sell very well. But it lives on through the web -- PlayAlterEgo.com
offers a full copy of the game free to play in your browser, and the same port is available as a $5 app for iPhone
. More: Port discussion group
- Vintage review
- Original game manual (text
, swinging London of 1960s and SOHO bohemian Coffee Bars of London, 1959
. These are a few of the 500+ vintage documentary shorts called "Look at Life" that ran at the Odeon and Gaumont cinemas during the 50s and 60s. (via Dangerous Minds) [more inside]
Web Design Ledger
is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources
. Topics range from design inspiration
and everything in between. [more inside]
The Osborne 1 was the first commercially successful portable microcomputer, released in April 1981 by Osborne Computer Corporation. It weighed 23.5 pounds, cost $1,795, and ran the then-popular CP/M 2.2 operating system. The computer shipped with a large bundle of software that was almost equivalent in value to the machine itself. [more inside]
Do you like musical instruments with lots of keyboards
? And lots and lots of dials
? Then you may like 36 15 MOOG
: Stuff with Moog and/or 60's and 70's vintage synths in it. (related Ask MeFi) [more inside]
is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews
, articles, designers’ libraries
, as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens
, ephemera, posters
and vintage kids books from their bookshelves
You are interested in the unknown
... the mysterious
. The unexplainable
. That is why you
. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you
, the full story of what happened
on that fateful day
. We are bringing you all the evidence
, based only on the secret testimony
, of the miserable souls
, who survived this terrifying ordeal
. The incidents
, the places
. My friend
, we cannot keep this
any longer. Let us punish
. Let us reward
. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts
of a flickr collection of old snapshots
Protection from the Atomic Bomb
A 1950 pamphlet provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
For many kids, the space age
made its TV debut years before Sputnik with 1950's TV space serials.
1950 - Space Patrol - The Hidden Treasure of Mars
. (Part two
1954 - Rocky Jones' Space, Space Ranger - Rocky's Odyssey
. (Chapters two
1954 - Flash Gordon - Deadline at Noon
and Akim the Terrible
. [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.
hawked Commodores. IBM tried the cast of M*A*S*H
, but without Alan Alda
, who played Atari. Bill Cosby
was a Texas Instruments man. Compaq gave us some funny ones with John Cleese
. Bill Bixby
pushed Tandy with a straight face. Buzz Aldrin, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy LaSorta, and Tip O'Neil
pitched the Amiga. I guess I should include George Plimpton's
Intellivision spots. Apple's covered by everyone else
. Who did I miss?
of George Petty pinups
. And 16 more
. Hell, have 5 pages
worth. More about the Petty Girl
, an advertising and pop culture icon with an often unfinished
look who made her first appearance in Esquire
in 1933 and whose elegant line
quickly became famous. [via Bibi's Box, which has lots more Petty and pinup links] [warning: busty pinup girls]
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!)
“Poor Lois, See How Old She's Growing! Too bad she’s doesn't try to remain the girl her husband fell in love with. The change is so gradual you never see it but your friends do."
Vintage Beauty Adverts
at Duke University's Rare Book and Manuscript Collection
:: Amazing Archive of Vintage Comic Strips
They're all here.
Or most of them. This will make you dust off your NES/Genesis/Turbo GraphX-16... but this time with a pixel-perfect map
of every level of your most beloved games. From Amiga to Xbox.
, and Megaman
among hundreds of others and links to even more in-depth sites.
Warning - some of these maps are EXTREMELY large, like 13000x5000 large. NSFCW (Not safe for child within)
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...
Big Hats and Eroticism
is just one of the many features of Tallulahs.com
, an excellent site dedicated to images of the vintage nude
. There's also lots of wonderful trivia and commentary, such as a brief biography
of the Mante sisters
(immortalized in the brilliant ballerina images of painter Edgar Degas
), and the story of Liane de Pougy
, convent girl turned runaway wife, turned celebrated dancer
of the French stage, turned Romanian Princess
. Or you can read about the mystery of H. Traut
elusive photographer of "the gentle eroticism of fairyland" whose
images graced hundreds of postcards for several years until he
seemingly vanished from the scene some time before WWI. Interested in
drawing or painting nudes yourself? Here's a page of classical nude poses
- studies in various categories that you can work from, including "The beauty of butts
" and "seductive smoking
"! Plus, you can peruse Tallulah's own art nudes
, and a fabulous links page
. NSFW, obviously.
were all the rage from the '30s to the '50s, and in vogue today with vintage aficionados. Some are woodies
, some are made for motorcycles
and most have lots of personality
crammed into truly small space. The build-it-yourself bug spread with this 1947 Mechanix Illustrated article (pdf file alert)
complete with plans. Follow one man's contemporary build-from-scratch adventure
detailed in a photos essay, or get plans
Another "magnificent obsession" site, seasonally spiced: oldchristmaslights.com
is a huge attic space, packed to the rafters with illuminating images and information; history and pre-history, manufacturer backgrounds, timeline, patents, vintage advertising, trivia - it's all here, plus a "Light Set Gallery
" and more. Plug in and enjoy.