The Vintage Home #20: Homeowners How To (March-April 1978)

Homeowners How To  (Vol 03 No 2 Mar-Apr 1978) is a nice little window into the vintage homestead, featuring lots of classic 70s decor, advertisements and even fashions.  Let's take a look at some of the highlights....


The Boob Tube #51: I Dream of Jeannie (S5 E13)

"Jeannie, the Matchmaker" (Season 5, Episode 13) aired December 16th, 1969.  Despite it being  Jeannie's last season with the gags getting a little well-worn, it still has all the mojo of the original episodes, if not more so.  They'd really honed the situational chaos down to an art by the fifth season, yielding some genuine comedy gold.  And it doesn't hurt that there's lots of miniskirts to be found amid the over-the-top shenanigans.  Great fun lies ahead - read on!


Double Feature #8: Unlikely Chick Magnets

Tonight's Double Feature brings you two very unlikely studs: Don Knotts in The Love God? (1969) and the terribly goofy looking Robert Askwith, who inexplicably has girls throwing themselves at him throughout Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976).  Enjoy.


Vintage Scan #39: International Musician And Recording World (Sept. 1977)

Other than a nice article on Steve Marriott (Small Faces) and how new wave will save live music, this magazine is essentially a catalog of music equipment advertisements.  Certainly, it will interest any musicians out there, but even the non-musicians like myself will find plenty of music nostalgia to make a browse through the September 1977 issue of International Musician And Recording World worthwhile.  Here is a link to download the whole thing, or read on to gaze in wonder at a few selected pages.  Enjoy!



Just for Laughs #11: Men's Magazine Comics

By the late sixties, men's magazines had largely stopped being fun and games, and become more akin to gratuitous guides to female genitalia and the "ins and outs" of intercourse. Simply put: they'd become hardcore. Back in the Mad Men era, they were a bit more light-hearted, which naturally meshed well with comics.  These risque gags were sprinkled throughout nearly every girly magazine during the 50s and 60s,  But by the time the 70s rolled around with their hardcore sensibility; comics just seemed too tame for consumption.

Of course, Playboy continued their grand tradition of including risque illustrations.  Meanwhile, the new breed of skin mags (namely Hustler and Penthouse) brought aboard comics which were every bit as hardcore as the photography.  And thus the Golden Age of so-called "good girl" comics was over.

But not on Retrospace.  I'm keepin' the flame alive because I think these comics have value.  They're not only amusing and great insights into the past, but I find particular enjoyment from the artwork.  Each artist has his own style, and to see how each pulls off a gag is awesome to behold.  So, If you like 'em, I'll bring more.  I've tried to supply representatives from a variety of different magazines and artists.  Enjoy!


Occult #14: "Witchcraft Is Rising" in LOOK Magazine

Here, scanned in its entirety is an article titled "Witches Are Rising" by Brian Vachon.  I've never been into witchcraft or satanism myself, but the occult frenzy of the Seventies fascinates me. Enjoy.


The Groovy Age of Travel #11: Holiday Magazine (June 1950)

Holiday was one of those big LIFE size magazines with tons of beautiful illustrations and photographs with a travel theme.  Here are some advertisements from a June 1950 issue I have scanned.  I think you'll agree - midcentury traveling was a glorious thing, albeit out of the range of most American's budgets despite the post-war boom. Let's have a look...


Double Feature #7: Hayley Mills and the Mentally Disturbed

Twisted Nerve (1968)/ Deadly Strangers (1975)

The films in tonight's double feature share these things in common:

  • They are thrillers starring Hayley Mills
  • A main character is mentally deranged
  • Hayley Millis is stalked, ravaged, and creepily ogled in both films
  • They end with someone being hauled off to an insane asylum

 Will Hayley make it out of both films alive? Grab some popcorn, and let's find out...


Needlework A-Go Go #37: McCall's Guide To Carefree Sewing 1972

This how-to book doesn't provide sewing patters for the fashions inside; instead, it serves as a beginner's guide to getting started in the wondrous realms of knitting (queue Aladdin's "A Whole New World" background music here).

I'm not so interested in the how-to portion of this guidebook as much as I am the spectacular DIY fashions of 1972. Enjoy.


Wonder Woman - S2E2

Season 2, Episode 2 - "Anschluss '77" (original air date, September 23, 1977)

Probably one of the lamer Wonder Woman episodes.  Still, it has an amazing stunt (which we'll talk about in detail), Audrey Hepburn's ex, the Batcave, and Hitler cloning. Not too shabby.

After jettisoning the WWII setting from season one, I'm a little surprised they chose a Nazi plotline so quickly.  I was also surprised to see Steve actually doing something constructive in this episode - an abysmally rare occurrence.  Usually, he's too busy looking handsome and getting captured to help the mission.  He's also sporting a dynamite outfit....