Posts tagged ‘1960s’

Beach Time! [1960s]

Beach Time!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s still cold and wintery. It’s the little things – like this warm sunny picture – that keep us going around here ūüôā

Afghan Awesomeness [1966]

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A thrift store treasure, beyond measure ūüôā

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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Twisting with Carl Stevens and His Orchestra [1962]

99-cents isn’t a lot anymore.

Despite that, it can still get a few good things.¬† For example, I picked up this album today at Goodwill because I didn’t have any Twist music in my collection.¬† Besides, the cover is kinda cute ūüôā

What I found was so upbeat that I can’t stop listening to it.

I don’t know much about Carl Stevens, but I can say this album is mid-paced, happy, and makes fun of itself.¬† Most of it is without words, but when they do sing it’s in goofy voices.¬† There are twangy guitars, fast versions of old standards, and plenty of percussion.

In short, this 99-cent album is fun!

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SAMSUNG

Can’t Get the Bewitched Theme Song Out Of My Head!

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There could be worse things looping on my internal 8-Track, so having the theme from Bewitched stuck in my head isn’t such a bad gig. ¬†And what a show, for those who remember all the noteworthy characters like Endora, Uncle Arthur, the nosey Mrs. Kravitz, and even the sleazy Larry Tate. ¬†And let’s be honest: Elizabeth Montgomery was beautiful, and lost to us far too early.

So here’s to all those days after elementary school when I would come home and watch Bewitched over a bowl of hot Spaghetti-Os!

Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 – Mas Que Nada

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Take a sharp-dressed piano man, add catchy music and perfect harmonies.  The result: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66.

Hugely overshadowed by the “Surf Sixties” and “Free Love Sixties,” the “Lounge Sixties” stands today in testament of the quality and talent that permeated the decade – on full display in countless videos on the Intertubes. ¬†The Bossa Nova beat is difficult to ignore – upbeat happiness that caresses the ears.

Case in point is the song Mas Que Nada, originally written and performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 brought it to prominence about three years later on their A&M debut. ¬†While I have known about Sergio Mendes’ talent now for many years, I only first hear Mas Que Nada as part of the soundtrack for 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. I picked up the clean copy of the A&M LP a while back, and play it regularly. ¬†Since then I have also purchased other Sergio Mendes work, thoroughly enjoying every one.

If you’re down, try a little Bossa Nova and a strong cup of South American coffee. ¬†That’ll clear up what ails you ūüôā

Found Photos from New York [1963-64]

Feb. 2, 1963 New York, 42 Street a

Susan Healey got bitten by the old camera bug.

It’s an addictive habit; old cameras come in so many shapes and sizes, plus many of them still work. ¬†In my world, people give me film cameras because they have moved completely to digital. ¬†If anything, they are cool to look at even if they don’t work (case in point is this Canon AL-1, which doesn’t power up). ¬†Sometimes it’s nice to have a collection for comparison purposes, and there are plenty of clubs around the US that still provide a camera nut with plenty to see.

To feed her addiction to cameras, Susan spends a lot of time at camera swap meets and events. “I discovered the Photographic Historical Society of New England a few years ago,” she said in an email, “and a couple of times a year they have a big event called Photographica.”

Like other types of swap meets, people come from all over the place to buy and sell cameras, film and other photographic equipment. On one occasion, she found more than cameras at a table. ¬†“One of the vendors had a few piles of old photos,” Susan explained. “When I saw them I couldn’t believe they hadn’t been snatched up yet.

For about $5.00, they were mine.”

I agree with Susan’s description of these photos as “an amazing glimpse of well-known areas and time.” The signage, the cars, and the buildings are all so perfectly preserved in photographic form that it’s almost as if we are pulled right into the scenes. And the people in the photos also are very stylish; the cut of the clothing they’re wearing is clearly money, and the care each has taken to be presentable – save one photo – is very obvious. I know it would be corny to mention Mad Men at this point, but I am truly reminded of that hit series when looking at these photos.

Susan’s take on the collection is heart-felt.

“Every time I go (to the swap meets), I look through the old photos but have never found anything that moved me as much as these ones did.”

I totally agree. The photos are truly a hashmark on the map of time.  The colors, while a bit faded, are very accurate for the era.  It helps that the pictures are clear, and that the photographer seems to be good at what she/he did.  Check out each photo below; they range from big city scenes to snowy rural backgrounds Рwith stylish 60s beach photos sure to peak some interest in the the folks over at We Heart Vintage.  Click on any of the pictures to go see more info about them on Flickr.

Enjoy!

Aug. 3, 1963

1960s halter tops left nothing to imagine. ¬†Gotta admit she’s pretty ripped for being in the 1960s. That’s a 1960 Ford Galaxie behind her.

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One has to wonder if they ever got all of that into the little red Corvair!

Dec.1963

Love the old Texaco sign.  Same Corvair from above appears to be making an encore appearance in the background.

December 1963

Umm…is he peeing in the snow? ¬†Next to the Corvair?

Feb. 17, 1963 Time Square NY

New York City, 42nd Street – Dodge Lancer speeds past an old Buick on the left and a yellow 1963 Chev Bel-Air taxi on the right.

Feb.  2, 1963 New York Broadway

Feb. 2, 1963 New York, 42 Street

1962 Chev Bel-Air taxi speeds through intersection, followed by an Oldsmobile and Thunderbird.

Feb. 2, 1963 Empire State Building

Empire State Building

April 12, 1963 Castkill

Bridge to the Catskills.

July 4, 1963 Big Beach  P. Jeff

They look like a Chet and a Burl. ¬†I’m kinda impressed that that they don’t have floppy double-martini 60s bodies.

July 5, 1963 P.J.

Chet and Burl’s chicks.

Aug. 1963

What a trio; they are so stylish!  This shot alone made the five-dollars Susan paid for the whole album worth the purchase.

Jan 30, 1963 155 Park Ave, Lyndhurst

Oct. 12, 1963 Jency Ln Pency ln

March 1964

The Whitehouse

April 12, 1963 Suffern

Suffern NY – 1963. ¬†That’s a righteous Dodge or Plymouth.

Apr. 13, 1963

Studebaker at the pump!  Bonus points for the `55 Ford on the right.

Perk-A-Tor the Giant Percolator

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In my search for a percolator to have at my work cubicle, I came across this Cory Jubilee Automatic Percolator at Value Village. ¬†It’s huge; at 18-cup capacity it’s twice the size of my beloved Perky!

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While the coffee strength dial is stuck just above “Medium,” the $5.00 purchase was a mere pittance compared to the $30.00 to $60.00 I’ve seen these Corys offered at on the Inter-Tubes. ¬†Maybe I can fix it if I can take it apart, but I want to enjoy it for a while before doing that.

Listening to it brew is an adventure.

It rumbles to life as the water starts to heat.  As it pushes the water up the tube into the coffee chamber, the pressure pushes the lid up Рmaking it crash back down. Several minutes later, as it finishes up, the boiling and perking gets to a near violent burst of liquid energy Рonly to slow to a stop before the strength dial starts to glow as an indicator that the work is done.

Clearly, it deserves the name “Perk-A-Tor!”

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Another endearing feature is the gold textured metal ring around the top of the unit, a sign that Cory designed it to make a lot of coffee in style.  This percolator will make a fine addition to my cubicle at work, where the coffee needs to taste much better!

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