Posts tagged ‘magazine’

Fill It To The Rim…With BRIM! [1970]

1970-12-11 Life P020 by Wishbook
1970-12-11 Life P020, a photo by Wishbook on Flickr.

Sundays after church in the 1970s smelled like black coffee and sugar cookies. Brim figures heavily into this memory!

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!

Triumph Spitfire [1965]

triumph spitfire 1965

Car and Driver, June 1965

Check out this magazine back-cover awesomeness.

This 1965 issue of Car and Driver was in my parents’ attic, part of a magazine stash I had left behind in the 1980s.  If I remember correctly, I had purchased this issue at a thrift store for 25 cents.  Sadly this back cover didn’t fare well, and it’s covered with wear lines.

Doesn’t detract from the Spitfire cool factor though.

The car was low slung and swift.  While not overpowered, it had enough to excite.  The swoopy body work had the classic lines of a British roadster.  Nothing like a drive in one of these on a sunny day.  And the name?  Pulled straight from a World War II fighter plane that is heralded as the Savior Of Britain: the Supermarine Spitfire.

Triumph made the Spitfire for 18 years.  I still see them around, but not in the same numbers as even twenty years ago.  Nice to see them when I do however!

Triumph Spitfire 4 MkII

Courtesy of Sicnag (Creative Commons)

Knit Knightmares – Mini Dress from Space [1970]

Knit Knightmares - Mini Dress from Space [1970]

If Persis Khambatta and Kate Beckinsale had a Seventies Supermodel sister, this probably would not have been her crowing moment…

Meatza – Easy, Nutritious, Attractive?


This gem of culinary shellshock skill and mastery comes from the June 1976 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.

Yes that’s a pizza crust made from meatloaf.  Yes those are pitted avocado halves, swimming happy and care-free in a viscid hot pool of cheddar cheese sauce.  Parsley and tomatoes are perched atop the steaming dinner pile to make it healthy.  I reserve the right to love the bacon. In an epic spin on “make some food look like something else,” this recipe uses rib-sticking hand-processed meat product to create an equally unhealthy comfort food.  I would have never considered mimicking one from the other.  But when strapped for time in the Seventies, innovation it seems came out in shades of green and brown. And topped with avocados.

“Consider the Avocado Meatza,” Bon Appetit writes, “an Americanized version of pizza.”

The method for making this quick, hearty meal starts off much like meat loaf. Instead of being baked in a loaf pan, however, the mixture gets patted out like a pie shell on a baking sheet, and coolking time is cut to a fraction. Most meat loaves required at least an hour; the Meatza takes 20 minutes.

Undiluted cheddar cheese soup goes atop the half-baked meat; avocado slices and bacon alternate pinwheel fashion over this sauce. Cherry tomato halves circle the edge and the colorfully garnished dish goes back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

Easy, nutritious, and attractive.

I’m thinking “Easy” is the only truthful claim.

I will admit that it does have a certain allure. I can’t stop looking at it, like the shapeless form at the base of a tall building that I know at one time walked upright. Like the nose of a train that took out a cow on the Great Plains. Like any recipe that uses Vegetable Jell-O. Incidentally, when I was transcribing this from the magazine, I mis-spelled meatloaf as meatload.

Either one would be accurate.

Inspired By The Japanese

From McCall’s 1970-71 Winter Issue

The delicacy of traditional Japanese painting balances sturdy simplicity of furnishing in handsome, functional entryway.  Setting by Mario Marques.

Three demure ladies are depicted in style inspired by Edo period (about 1600-1850) of Japanese art.  Our painting technique, however, is very contemporary: patterns are placed under a transparent white lining fabric, then traced with tube paints.  Crosshatch lines fill in the solid areas.  Varnished oak frames, 21 3/4″ x 30″, are accented with enamel, two yarn tassels.

Low bench holds cushion, with enough space left over for convenient end table.  Black enamel accent enhances natural oak of varnished top.  Bench, about 16″ x 39″, stand 13″ high.  Japanese Bench, page 214.

Bench cushion’s basket-weave design echoes floor pattern of paintings.  Needle-point is worked with combination of continental and upright gobelin stitches; tapestry yarn and 10-mesh-to-inch canvas are from D.M.C Cushion, measuring 13 1/2″ x 23 1/4″, fits into recessed section of bench top.

Princess telephone, N.Y. Telephone Co.; Fabric for pictures courtesy Sibonne; Photos, William Benedict


9 1/2 Minutes to Velvet Smoothness

Indeed, this Borden fruitcake would probably be king in the realm of brown loggy desserts filled with stuff.  It was advertised in the December 1966 American Home, and brought to you here courtesy of Visiting Vintage.

Yep, That’ll Do It…

Not the thieving politician kind of pork, mind you. They mean the succulent roasted diet-be-damned pork that can fill a house with the smells of meaty goodness.

Bring it on!

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