Posts tagged ‘1973’

Love In The Jet Age [1973]

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Taken in Boston MA at Constitution Beach by Michael Manheim, for the Documerica Project.

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Quilting Overload [1973]

Quilting Overload 1973

Exhausted from Quilting

This is truly a time capsule of awesomeness.

Sunset Books put out “Quilting & Patchwork” in 1973, and these are the color pictures from that publication.  I have to tread lightly when it comes to quilting, because my Mom, my oldest sister, and the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad all love it.  But after viewing these photos yesterday, even my Mom called the photo above “dreadful.”  So I figured I could poke a little bit of fun in any case.

Quilting Overload Tie 1973

Donna and Stan heading out for a night at the Rec Center

Quilting Overload Tennis 1973

Ad copy might read “You’ll 15-Love this tastefully quilted racquet cover!”

Quilting Overload Swirl 1973

Is it chocolate? A bird? Dirt? Top of a coffee drink?

Quilting Overload Skirt 1973

This could be my friend’s Mom at his 9th birthday.

Quilting Overload Mushrooms 1973

Heh-heh…HuhHuhHuhHuh…Heh-heh…Shrooms…

Quilting Overload Caftan 1973

Quilted Caftan!

After writing about Caftans recently, finding this picture was like a total win.

Quilting Overload Caftan 2 1973

Perfect for working at the Co-Op.

Quilting Overload Beach Throw 1973

Honestly, this could be 2013 instead of 1973.

Quilting Overload Apron 1973

Whatever she’s cooking has no meat. And a lot of cold lima beans.

Swingin’ Simplicity [1973]

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While I was familiar with this style from my youth, I never knew the name.

After the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad found this vintage 1973 pattern at a thrift store, I discovered it’s called a caftan.  In the past it was considered an garment to be worn over other garments.  By the 1970s, a caftan had come into its own as a single dress – worn in a multitude of styles, and undergarments optional.  Popular with musicians, hippies – and Elizabeth Taylor – the fashion trend symbolized freedom and a free spirited life. presumably shapeless,  the dress design manages to hang in a very distinctive way – flowing and soft.

The style endures to this day in both its original overgarment form, or as a stylish dress or throw made in silk or soft materials.

Caftan Dresses

Homedale School Grade 8 home economics class fashion show, 1977

Home Ec Fashion Show, 1977 – Courtesy Elgin County Archives

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1972 – Scan from Patrick Peccatte

Caftans

My sisters in their caftans – Summer 1973

Quilting Overload Caftan 1973

Quilting Overload Caftan 2 1973


Also See: Maxi Dresses
Maxi-Knit

Knit Maxi Dress [1973]

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Long dresses have come back into style recently.  A quick search of the term “maxi dress” comes up with near-countless stores offering the long lengths in many styles and colors.  Thankfully, the cut and fabric is now much better than it was the last time such dresses were popular.

And thankfully, knitting your maxi dress is no longer necessary.

This gem was found in the Fall/Winter 1973-74 issue of McCall’s Needlework & Crafts. With her slippers and really old book, the model is settling in for a night of badly-lit reading.  Or entertaining Aunt Flo.  The plunging knit neckline dares to call out that she is kind of young, kind of now – “Charlie!” The iron cauldron above the hearth is locked down once more, cleaned and dried after the last initiation.  The hard-wood rocking chair is sure to create unparalleled back spasms after 45 minutes – time enough to get through the first chapter and grab a hot toddy.

Knit in a base of green, her wearable couch throw is adorned in the whimsical colors of a candy box.

This mating can only come from a decade which already represents so many of our styling debacles.  The gold about her neck shines against the spotlights above her kitchen counter, and snags the yarn with ease.  Lapels a-plenty are a classy accessory, certainly shiny and stretchy in a way only polyester can move.  Her makeup and hair are done to the final detail, telling her man that this book can be laid down and her matching coat is waiting in the hall closet.  Are the colors of this maxi dress Christmas-like?  Maybe.  Is the maxi dress warm?  Probably, to the point that the fire at her back is probably making her itch.  Will her husband take her to the steak house in her new threads?

Not on your life.

Mini Bike! [1973]

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I wanted one of these back in the day.

In the late 1970s and early 80s I delivered newspapers using my trusty Rampar BMX bike. One day a friend let me borrow a hot-wired Honda CT70 that was sitting at his house; I used it on the paper route – without helmet, license, or even valid registration – and was hopelessly hooked. It was compact, quick, light, and did a great job of hauling the paper cart. The bike also got close to 100 mpg under my 140 pound frame. Eventually the owner reclaimed his property, and I was back on my BMX. I wanted a CT70 badly, but could never put the $700 together for a new one.

Eventually I became a motorcycle rider, probably in part to my experience with this mini bike.

This picture – courtesy of Signs And Wonders – was found as you see it, complete with cryptic “WHAT LIZ KNOWZ” message.  All the great elements are there: kid in plaid, Mom in helmet, and CT70 on lawn.  Love love love!

Walking on The Beach in Polyester [1973]

Couple Walking Dogs on Beach - November 1973

The envelope came in the mail early this week.

I opened it to find two photo slides, and viewed the glory of my recent eBay find: Couple Walking Dogs on Beach, November 1973.  This Ektachrome slide has an unknown photographer, location and couple.  I’m having trouble figuring out exactly what that is out in the water.  The whole thing is a mystery, even the reason for taking the picture in the first place.

But their fashion says volumes.

They loved to coordinate their pastels, materials and pets.  Their time spent together – even handling the everyday tasks like walking the dogs – were handled at the height of fashion.  We can look at this slide for all the unknowns, and know they enjoyed each others company.

So in the end love conquers all mystery.

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