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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 11:40
Skate Crate – Taking Skateboarding Back to the 1950s

Roll down the sidewalk like you own the town with the retro inspired Skate Crate. Modern design meets the roots of skateboarding. Skate Crate takes skateboarding’s original concept of a 2×4 with metal wheels and a fruit crate and fuses it with modern designs and components, creating a smooth ride and stylish mode of transportation. The […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Kitsch, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Design, dyi"
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Date: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 12:00
Mantiques – A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff

Lounge Revivalists use a lot of different words for “old” — “vintage,” “retro,” “classic,” and “nostalgic.” And because of our Cold War era preferences, you also see “atomic age” and “mid-century” used as well. One word you don’t see used a lot, at least by men, is “antique.” It’s just not macho. The very word […]

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Author: "Baron von Swankenstein" Tags: "Readable, book, Design, gadget, review"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 13:15
Elvis Palm Springs Honeymoon Home for Sale

Elvis Presley fans rejoice! The ultimate Elvis pad is now up for sale in sunny Palm Springs, California – complete with Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia. In 1962, Look Magazine featured the estate calling it the “House of Tomorrow” due to its forward-thinking decor. Oh, and Lisa Marie was most likely conceived here. In 1966 this […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Architecture, 1960s, Design, Interior, p..."
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Date: Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 15:10
Mid-Century Desert Hideaways – Two Palm Springs Hotels

Forget your worries for a while and travel back in time to a place where iconic Mid-Century design and architecture can still be enjoyed and gloriously relived. Located in the famous desert utopia of Palm Springs in California, the Orbit In and the Horizon Hotel boast a chic vintage presence combined with ultra-mod amenities worthy of the […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Architecture, 1950s, 1960s, Design, mad ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 13:00
Finding Dark Shadows in the Sixth Grade

In the spring of 1969 my family moved from the pastoral setting outside of Centreville, Virginia, a small town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Fairfax, a burgeoning suburb outside of Washington, D.C. A sixth grader at the time, transitioning from a country school to a more sophisticated environment was not easy […]

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Author: "Patricia Greenwood" Tags: "Television, 1960s, Kitsch"
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Date: Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 10:00
Rendezvous in Paris – Two Chic Boutique Hotels

Check into and discover two stylishly chic boutique hotels located in the enchanting French capital of Paris. Whether you prefer clean lines and designer chairs, or refined details and fabrics with a touch of 18th century charm, Le Général and Caron De Beaumarchais offer their visitors a unique diversity that will have any design lover […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Travel, hotel, paris"
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Date: Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 18:30
Survive the Bomb – A Guide to Nuclear Survival

When I first got into the Lounge Revival scene, I continually wondered why original era Lounge music was so saccharine. It wasn’t all that way, of course. If it were all that way, Lounge Revival would never have become a 1990s fad never mind a modern living subculture. But you have to admit: For every […]

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Author: "Baron von Swankenstein" Tags: "Readable, 1960s, book, nuclear, review"
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Date: Monday, 12 May 2014 16:44
Cocktail Nation – The Interviews 2

From the Sydney Penthouse the Lounge Lothario has been working overtime putting in the long distance calls across the globe to find you the craziest cats of the retro scene along with the legends who cohabit the swank universe that is the Cocktail Nation. In this edition the Lounge Leader talks magazines with Tiki Magazine […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Readable, book, Interview, Music, readab..."
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 12:00
Vintage Caravan Style – The Only Guide You Need

Lisa Mora, editor of her own caravan publication Vintage Caravan Magazine which showcases vintage caravan styles and designs has just recently released a book which collects everything you need to know about vintage caravans. Her book Vintage Caravan Style is dedicated to vintage, classic, retro-styled and custom caravans and those who love them. “Lisa grew […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Readable, 1950s, 1960s, caravan, Design,..."
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 14:00
Confessions of a Wannabe Scandinavian

Okay, I’ll admit it. While many in America have a pre-occupation for everything Irish, I have a pre-occupation for everything Scandinavian. Perhaps it began as an undergrad student during British Lit I when I was introduced to the Viking tale “Beowulf,” story of a fearless Geat leader from Geatland, now part of modern day Sweden. […]

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Author: "Patricia Greenwood" Tags: "Interior, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, danish, D..."
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Date: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 10:30
Men’s Jewellery Boxes

These days most young men are not into men’s accessories but I’m here to tell you that the truly swank man has plenty of accessories and that accessories truly make the man. A well kitted out man will have a collection of tie bars, cuff links, watches and other manly accessories. But where should he […]

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Author: "Koop Kooper" Tags: "Fashion, 1960s, men, style"
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Date: Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 01:20
A British 1930s Time Capsule in Full Swing

Like many of us, you’ve probably wished you lived in another decade and era. Perhaps you are in love with La Belle Èpoque, Art Deco, Modernism or anything in-between. In Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris”, the protagonist explores his love with nostalgia, thinking that the past is better than the current. Aaron Whiteside, feels […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Interior, 1930s, Architecture, Design, l..."
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Date: Friday, 07 Mar 2014 15:10
Mr Peabody and Sherman – The Original Cartoon

Today I saw an ad for a new 3d animated kids movie Peabody and Sherman and it suddenly brought back memories of the original. No wonder I have always been obsessed with the past, loving history, pop culture from the past and of course time travelers. For those growing up in the sixties, seventies or […]

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Author: "Koop Kooper" Tags: "Television, 1960s, animation, cartoon, D..."
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Date: Sunday, 02 Mar 2014 14:00
Marty Milner – Ginger Kid Extraordinaire

My son is the classic movie aficionado in our household and it’s always a treat to see what he will come up with next. I had been complaining about the unusually severe winter we were having here in Upstate New York and he countered with a movie which featured some of my favorite actors from […]

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Author: "Patricia Greenwood" Tags: "Television, 1950s, 1960s, route 66"
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Date: Monday, 24 Feb 2014 23:10
Video

Jeff Altman, who we have featured in a couple of other videos before returns with a trip to fantastic Las Vegas, Nevada. Shot in 1962 by his late grandfather, Jeff inherited his tens of thousands of feet of 16mm film years ago and he have only just found himself in the position to properly go […]

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Author: "Christopher" Tags: "Roadtrip, 1960s, las vegas, video"
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Date: Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 13:00
The Beatles Fifty Years Later

With the 50th Anniversary of the British invasion of America via the Beatles upon us, I thought it apropos to take a walk down Memory Lane, remembering the highlights of Beatlemania in my own life. When the Beatles hit the Mainland in 1964, I had just turned six years old and my whole world was […]

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Author: "Patricia Greenwood" Tags: "Music, 1960s, 1970s, british, london"
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 12:35
Bossa Nova – Embodying the Idea of Cool

Brazil in the 1960′s: a paradise of cool and suave. The nonchalant sentiment of an age typified by effortless class took musical form in Bossa Nova. Characterized by its smooth beats, cool sensibility, a slight off-tune rhythm, Bossa Nova created a whole culture which valued nothing at all, but simple existence. Singers like Astrud Gilberto […]

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Author: "Guest Writer" Tags: "Music, 1960s, bossa, bossa nova, brazil"
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Date: Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 16:22
A Perspective on Brutalism Architecture

It’s funny how viewing an object can trigger long forgotten memories. Such is the case of the brutalist style wall hanging purchased recently for my vintage shop. Created by Finesse Originals during the 70s, it features a fiberglass rendering of a fisherman pulling his net from the water. The strong jagged lines of the fisherman […]

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Author: "Patricia Greenwood" Tags: "Architecture, 1960s, 1970s, brutalism, D..."
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 14:30
Guitar Legend: Al Viola

In 1992, I was performing extensively under the stage name Jimmy Ross through Orange and Los Angeles Counties as a solo pianist/vocalist entertainer and occasionally in jazz trio and quartet settings. I had just started a double emphasis graduate program in piano and vocal performance at California State University. I was performing two nights a […]

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Author: "Guest Writer" Tags: "Interview, hollywood, legends, Music"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 17:00
1965 Thunderbird Couch by Flexsteel

As a seller of vintage goods, I am fortunate to come upon some wonderful relics of our Mid-Century Modern era, a short lived but incredibly artistic and innovative time period. Many of the companies that produced these goods are no longer in existence, but there is one furniture company that has stood the test of […]

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Author: "Patricia Greenwood" Tags: "Design, 1960s, furniture, interior desig..."
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