7/29/15

Double Feature #5: Her Face!


The two movies in our Double Feature tonight have almost identical plots: a woman is disfigured and in order to be restored to her former beauty, she will need the face of a victim.  It's a disturbing concept, but it's been repeated a surprising number of times - most notably in Eyes Without a Face (1960).

Tonight's double bill: The Blood Rose (1970) and Faceless (1987).  Enjoy.

7/27/15

The Vintage Home #19: Better Homes and Gardens (1972)


Can't you just see this recliner on The Price is Right, as a Barker Beauty caresses its luxurious upholstery? Fast forward ten years, and this once-loved, once-proud Stratalounger sits unwanted in a Goodwill or by the street curb, smelling of Pal-Mals.

That's the story when it  comes to home furnishings - when they're nice and new, you can't comprehend the thought that they might one day look embarrassingly out of date.  Here are some pages from a November 1972 issue Better Homes and Gardens; advertisements of new additions to the home that could never possibly look out of date...

7/26/15

Mini Skirt Monday #193: I Dream of Jeannie - Season 5



We've covered Jeannie before in a one of the more popular, most visited Miniskirt Mondays - Number 80.  So, we could easily leave it at that and feel we've covered it sufficiently; however, Season Five is so mini-centric, that it demands more attention.  My only regret is that it took four years to happen.

We can't cover the whole season in one post.  So, we'll divide it into two parts.  For each episode, I'll deliver the mini pics and some basic story points to put the miniskirts in context (for those who care).  Enjoy!

Ads #75: Fanny Face


I came across this in an old After Dark magazine (Vol 08 No 10, Feb 1976) and simply had to share the Fanny Face advertisement.  I'm just blown away on so many levels: from the goofy guy in the photograph, to the very idea of it.  Words fail me.

7/24/15

Wonder Woman - S2E1


Remember when Retrospace was traveling through the Wonder Woman series, episode by episode? This site took a hiatus, and so did the WW posts.... well, Retrospace is back and now so is WW!  I've had a few requests to resume the project, and am only too happy to get it started again. We made it through 7 episodes of Season 1; but rather than pick up exactly where we left off, we're going to start with Season 2.

The second season was a big change for the WW series.  ABC declined to renew, and CBS picked it up, but no longer had it set in the 1940s. This not only made it cheaper to produce, setting it in current day (1977) allowed it to hit the current pop culture trends (ex. disco).  A lot of people consider this move a big step backward; however, I feel WW got a super seventies makeover that was pure dynamite. Let's start with episode one, shall we?

7/23/15

Vintage Men's Mags #41: Adam (1963)


I've scanned a good deal of pages from this gem from '63.  For easier reading, I've, as usual, copied the text into the post.  There's some really good stories in this one that I think you'll enjoy.

Although this is a men's magazine akin to Playboy, it's pretty tame, and I've left most of the cheesecake out (wouldn't want to get flagged).  So, it's mostly SFW, although you some of the artwork is a little risque. 

We'll start with the issue's first story "Raincheck" by Marco Messina.  It's told in that old school Raymond Chandler fashion.  Messina has a flair for the lingo and it makes this short tale of a hardboiled reporter and a dame that's a real tough cookie "tough, with no part of cookie in it"  a really enjoyable read.

7/21/15

The Boob Tube #50: Benny Behaving Badly


Let's face it, Benny was always behaving badly.  That's why, forty years later, we still love him. Never above making a fool of himself, never above a cheap laugh, and never above getting a little randy - how can you not love Benny Hill?

Of course, as the decades have pressed on, we've become more "enlightened", Benny Hill's humor has been branded as un-PC, and Benny gets typed as a pervy old man.  A bum rap if you ask me.

Anyway, I just watched several episodes from the early seventies and found them extremely enjoyable.  After a long day's work, how better to spend it than with a quick laughs and bawdy jokes. I've captured a few moments of Benny misbehaving just to spread some Hill-love.  Enjoy.

7/20/15

Magazines #45: SPY (May 1988)


Here is a 1988 issue of SPY magazine.  If you don't remember, SPY was kind of like National Lampoon, but not as funny, not as irreverent, and so-very of its time - the late 1980s.  Still, it's worth a browse.

I've included some sample pages below - advertisements and pictures I found interesting. Or, you can download the whole shebang.  Either way, enjoy!

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7/19/15

Mini Skirt Monday #192: Minis and Male Bystanders


It's funny to look at an old photograph that is just popping with miniskirts, and then check out the expression of any nearby males.  Sometimes they look terribly uncomfortable, like they're breaking out in sweats trying to stifle an erection... and other times, like the gentleman above, they just look happy to be alive.  To have been a young adult male in the early 70s is to have lived the dream.

Vintage Style #43: Celebrating Roundness - Bathing Suit Fashion Spread 1950


Here's an article from Holiday magazine (June 1950) titled "1950: A Nice Round Figure" - a fascinating look at the fashion mindset of the day.  Bikinis are "out" and thick round figures are "in".

The caption for the photograph above says it all:
Definitely not for the meek are these two "Tarzan's-mate" suits made of leopard-print cloth. On the left, a brief sharkskin lined with jer­sey. Right: a strapless leopard nylon-velvet suit with mid-calf length paneled skirt. Recommended only for girls with Miss America figures.