Posts from the ‘Literature’ Category

American Airlines Route Map [1959]

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I picked this up because I love airplanes, especially what is called “1st Generation Jet Airliners” like the Boeing 707.

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This route map was printed in October 1959, when American Airlines was using the 707 and the Lockheed L-118 Electra.

Boeing : 707

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American Airlines 707 at LAX

Lockheed : L-188 : Electra

Lockheed L-188 Electra

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Stewardesses and admirers near a L-118 Electra

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Lockheed L-188 Electra

Look closely on the map below and you’ll see that Havana Cuba was still part of the flight routes out of the US:

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Flights to Mexico were not nearly as comprehensive as they are today:

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And JFK airport in New York was still called Idlewild!

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Afghan Awesomeness [1966]

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A thrift store treasure, beyond measure 🙂

I found this brief catalog – Bernat Afghans’ Contemporary and Traditional Styles, Book no. 132 – in a Long Beach WA shop for a whopping 25-cents. Initially I thought it would be a nice addition to Wall Of Retro – one which could dish out some of the cheesiness that only the mid-1960s could provide. Yet, as I began looking through the publication, I discovered that the pictures were just short of amazing. Staged without looking staged. Telling multiple stories, while giving focus to the subject of the catalog. The photographer employed a delicate depth of field in the work, and a film used duplicated the subject’s colors at an amazing level.

In short, I was duped by 25-cents worth of awesomeness.

While I was taken in by the quality of the photography, the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad was smitten with the afghans themselves. “That’s beautiful work,” she said of the first one she saw, “and expensive.”

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The stories depicted in these pictures are ones of relaxation, wonder, longing, and tranquility. In a sense, a warm afghan should be providing at least a couple of those – even ones that don’t cost big bucks. Check out these pictures; aside from being a warm time capsule of the Sixties, they also embody the feelings and softness in life which many of us want.

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I always make sure my chauffeur has an afghan handy…

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Raglan For Boys And Girls [1964]

One can find all sorts of fun things at a thrift store. In my case, I found a coverless Bear Brand pattern book called Raglans for Boys and Girls – Sizes 4 to 14. It was Volume #80 from 1964, and sold for a whopping 85 cents new. Not only were there pictures of the products, but also instructions on how to make them.

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“X+Y…Girl+Boy…Huh huh huh heheheh,,,”

I was immediately taken by the fact that these kid models were super-clean cut and not-cheesy.  Oddly, some of the styles from nearly fifty years ago would go over well even now, in an environment where conservative dress is required.

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Others aren’t so fortunate:

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“Suzy? Can I have the rest of my dress now?”

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The next picture shows how photo editing was done prior to have computers:

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The boy was not part of the original picture; he was taped in behind the dog and next to the girl.  If you look closely above her, you’ll see the cut line in a zig zag pattern with the bricks.

No photo editors required 🙂

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“But Jenny, their tentacles are starting to push through my scalp and they burn…”

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“Mom was right. It did shoot my eye out.”

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As dawn breaks, she sings the praises of the Motherland…

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“So…your sister’s ball is kinda bouncy…”

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“But my gym teacher says I’ll be taller than you in six months…”

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She has two weeks worth of her wardrobe lined up in an orderly fashion.

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“Maggie, I spit on my hand…”

Mid-Century Style [1967]

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Sunset Books: Ideas for Planning Your New Home

From the Intro:

The house on the cover is a provocative example of what can be done with the use of sky-lights. Glass walls open the house to the out-of-doors and the unusual sky-light system opens the roof over every room. Architect: Jacob Robbins

Jet Set Nurse

Source: google.com via Susan on Pinterest

It’s not enough to have a genre of books called Romance Novels.  Instead, there are countless sub-genres – all with the same story told in countless ways.  Susan, a nurse friend of mine, pinned several medical romance covers on Pinterest – including Jet Set Nurse.

The cover alone is worth adding to the Wall Of Retro.

For more medical romance, check out the comprehensive Vintage Nurse Novels blog, or the partner site Vintage Romance Covers!

Source: google.com via Susan on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Susan on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Susan on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Susan on Pinterest

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