Posts tagged ‘1968’

Rejoice – Establishment Blues [1968]

From the dusty, vinyl-scratched archives comes this folk rock groove that single-handedly epitomizes the anti-establishment movement of the late 1960s.

I’ll be honest; I had never heard of Rejoice. Ever. It was only after we received the golden pickins from our neighbor’s LP collection that I came across this album in one of the boxes. The first track – “Sausalito Sunrise” – is almost unplayable due to a dip in the record. But the rest of the disk, in all its clicky-poppy awesomeness, simply oozes the musical equivalent to a tirade against The Establishment, punctuated by chants of “I hate The Man.” What a slow groovy trip.

Listen for references to transistor radios, secretaries, discos, and typewriters.

Rejoice LP 1968 003

Rejoice LP 1968 004

Rejoice LP 1968 002



By far one of the finer offerings of the late 1960s was the Plymouth Barracuda.

Considered a small car by Sixties standards, the “Cuda was part of what came to be known as “The Pony Car Movement.”  The name was derived from its competitive relationship with the Ford Mustang, but in reality the Barracuda had been on the market before the Mustang was introduced in mid-1964.

The final model hit the street in 1974.

The Barracuda came with 6-cylinder or V8 engines.  Large motors were available in special packages, which made the car meaner and faster.  While Plymouth as a car make is no more, there is talk about the next Chrysler super car to be based on the famous `Cuda name.

Photo courtesy Wikipedia


Photo courtesy Tom Hardin – 1983

1968 Plymouth Barracuda 2-Door Fastback (1 of 6)

Photo by Randy von Liski

The Friendly Skies [1968]

United Airlines Stewardesses [1968]

Courtesy San Diego Air & Space Museum

There was a time when people traveled in something other than sweats and slip-ons.

And security was taken care of at the gate, no shoe removal required.  Flight attendants were called stewardesses, which at the time made sense because the term Steward was given to service personnel who took care of the traveler.  Many facets of air travel have changed; while I would never consider taking a “short hop” flight to places like Spokane or Portland from Seattle, because it would take me longer to get through security than it would to fly there.  While to the younger segments of our society this is standard, many of us remember when air travel was kinder on the soul.

Bad Apples who wanted to do us harm changed all that.

At Portland International Airport 05/1973

The fact remains that flying was once glamorous and fun, especially during the 1960s glory days.  It was the closest thing to space most of us would ever see.  Rarely was a motto so accurate: The Friendly Skies.  I still love flying, just not at the same levels as I did at 14.  I’m still amazed that a huge metal tube can hurl through thin air without falling.  Goofy me: I still love looking out the window at the passing Earth below.

While the golden age of air travel may be long past, it lives on with vibrance in an unexpected place: Pinterest.  In the past year I have found more airline, airliner, and flight crew photos on Pinterest than anywhere else.  It’s clear that people have a love for the style and feeling of the age, which embodied a sense of hope for air travel’s future that was seemingly quelled when hijackers started ruining the trips.

So today, thanks to the Internet, we can continue flying The Friendly Skies. Shoe removal not required.

Seattle City Light: Radio Dispatched to Alki [1968]


“Come in, Truck 82…”

A Seattle City Light service truck makes a visit to a view home in Seattle’s Alki neighborhood in 1968.  The serviceman is wearing his lab coat and white service hat.  Back in the days before cellphones, he would have been sent there by a gruff-sounding dispatcher barking over the dash-mounted Motorola radio in the vehicle.  The Range Service Truck: A mid-1960s Chevrolet van – like this one – done in Utility Yellow.  In the garage: A 1959 Ford Galaxie convertible.

Built in 1954, this “Mid-Century” home design is common in neighborhoods and suburbs surrounding Seattle:


The roof line and brown on the siding in the first picture are nearly identical to my suburban house – which was built in the late 1960s.  Today that Alki house still stands, now with garage doors on the car port, and frankly still possessing a tremendous view:


And the radio-dispatched yellow van?  Most likely retired and scrapped.

Rock Me Doctor Zaius!

Dr. Zaius Action Figure 1998

Dr. Zaius Action Figure 1998

Saw this in an antique store. While this Action Figure is from 1998, it is a 30th anniversary commemorative for the 1968 movie Planet Of The Apes. Dr. Zaius was an Orangutan who in public rejected the theory that man had at one time been more advanced than ape.


Courtesy of Decepticreep

At the same time Zaius was also a leader on the ape council who knew the secret about the relationship between ape and man. What was that forbidden truth? This spoiler final clip from the movie might help 🙂

Hot Wheels Splittin’ Image [1969]

Picked this up on eBay last week.

The Splittin’ Image was part of the Hot Wheels 1969 model year, along with several other cars.  It was designed by Ira Gilford, who also designed the sleek Twin Mill.  Splittin’ Image was available in several colors; since blue is my favorite, I feel very fortunate to have found one – especially since it’s over 40 years old!  The car is heavy compared to the current crop of cars.  The ‘Red Line” tires and “Made in Hong Kong” on the bottom identify it as a vintage piece.  While not a perfect specimen, this one is still a beautiful blue example of Sixties design.

Best thing about collecting Hot Wheels is that a majority of them are inexpensive.

New cars from the store range in price from 97-cents to $1.29; higher end models, new collectibles,  or special editions go for $1.99 to $4.99.  The vintage Splittin’ Image above was a not-whopping $8.50 on eBay, after someone tried to outbid me in the last four seconds of the auction.  Bottom line: It’s a hobby that kids can still latch onto – just as they could in the 1960s – because of the low cost involved.

As a kid I had several Hot Wheels, including the famous Red Baron.

I have no idea what happened to those cars, and I started buying Hot Wheels again in the mid 1990s.  When my oldest son turned three we started buying him Hot Wheels.  He has what’s left of my collection, along with a multitude of others that have been acquired along the way.  Most of them get used as toys – like they should – but he also has a number of them which are for collector purposes only.  And what about his old man?

I have my own cubicle collection at work 🙂

Dodge Charger – Drifting Through the Decades [1968]

1968 Charger

With its classic ‘coke-bottle’ shape and legendary performance, the 2nd generation Dodge Charger became a muscle car superstar early on.

Movies like Bullitt made it famous. Dukes Of Hazzard locked it down as a pop culture sensation. The Fast and The Furious introduced it to an entirely new generation.  And from a gear head perspective, the 1968-70 Charger that was once available for $600 at any shady car lot along Highway 99 in Seattle is now unattainable by most due to outlandish prices.

After 1970 the Charger got huge, then luxurious, then cheesy and small.  After disappearing for a while it reappeared as a fire-breathing Hemi-powered four door.

I found the drifting photo above in a 1967 issue of Motorcade magazine, a copy which was unearthed recently from my parents’ attic. The picture is part of an article that highlighted the new cars for 1968, and featured most every American vehicle that was being released for the following model year. I scanned and posted the drifting pic online, knowing full well that Flickr Friend Scott Crawford would be drawn to it (less than 24 hours later he tagged it as a favorite). Why would Scott love this pic so much?

Maybe his photo from the 1970s below will answer that:

1968 Dodge Charger R/T - School's Out - 1977

1976 – Photo courtesy Scott Crawford

1968 Dodge Charger R/T - I Guess She Likes Me

1976 – Photo courtesy Scott Crawford

Scott purchased a 1968 Charger around 1976 while he was in high school.  Unlike other gear heads – like me – who ended up selling their B-body Mopars in later years, Scott kept his Charger for a while.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T & Me

1980s – Photo courtesy Scott Crawford

A long while:

1968 Dodge Charger R/T & Me

2006 – Photo courtesy Scott Crawford

And it remains in his garage to this day.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T - Born To Run

November 2011 – Photo courtesy Scott Crawford

Now that’s drifting through the decades!

Merry Christmas from Wall Of Retro!

Christmas 1968

This is me with my darling sisters on Christmas Morning, 1968. Wishing all Retronauts a safe and happy Christmas and Holiday weekend!

Little Red Car on Kodachrome [1968]

Red Car on Kodachrome

Something tells me this little red rally car outside of Novato CA has something to do with my wife’s love for the color red.

She’s also a car nut. That kind of stuff is nurtured from an early age, and since she grew up around a gearhead Dad it’s no surprise that she takes to cars with spirit and character.

This Kodachrome slide from 1968 proves it!

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