In Album Covers 44, we demonstrated the prevalence of the female booty on vintage vinyl; but let's not dismiss the power of cleavage to sell a record either. There is a seemingly unlimited number or old-school album covers which put the gratuitous mammary to good use. The marketing strategy: Man sees boobs, man buys. record. It's as simple as that.
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It being the Fourth of July and all, I thought I'd commemorate it with a patriotic Miniskirt Monday post... and what could be more American than cheerleaders? In case you missed them, the links to the first three editions are below. Happy 4th!
Those old enough to remember the 1960s and 1970s will remember trading stamps. For those that don't recall, upon purchase at the grocery store, gas station, or really an merchant, they'd give you a corresponding amount of stamps you could later trade in for stuff. They were sort-of the rewards card of the day - they weren't necessarily linked to the store itself - but you'd go there because their sign would say something like "We Give Gold Strike Stamps".
You'd put your stamps in a book, and dream big dreams about the wondrous things you will redeem them for. Will it be a hi-fi, a dinette set, a vacuum cleaner? In a time before credit cards and when families actually stuck to a budget, redeeming stamps was a big deal.
So, I've scanned some pages from a 1969 Gold Strike Stamps catalog. Basically, the merchandise in here could be found at your local Redemption Center; although you could redeem by mail. Enjoy.
Back in the day, when you wanted to show your male audience nudity in order to sell your book, record, magazine, or movie, you had to do some sort of self-censorship - unless you wanted to be fined, arrested, or relegated to the "adult section".
So if you wanted your cake and eat it too (i.e. show your male audience a naked chick, but not violate any codes), you employed various forms of strategically covered nudity (SCN). This method has been utilized too often to count, and could get pretty creative with their scenery censors. So, here's a heavenly hash of a alphabetical cover-ups from A to D . Enjoy.
You couldn't construct a more blah cover if you tried. Some airbrushed space ships would've been nice - but, no, we get plain white text on a plain blue background.
Album cover aside, this is actually a pretty interesting Star Wars relic. I actually enjoy a good moog recording, and this has its moments. It avoids being as bland as the cover and inserts some funky disco grooves along the way. Anyone interested in Star Wars nostalgia should give this a listen.
As you'll recall from our last SuperMag post, we're talking about a magazine much akin to Bananas and Dynamite - one geared towards middle school kids getting their reading material from school book orders. Of course, we had other outlets to get our periodical fix - Pizzazz, MAD, Cracked, and Crazy - but those weren't hand-delivered straight to your desk at school. As your teacher passed out the orders, you eagerly awaited your stash of pop culture gold; all while your friend looked on with envy. Ah, yes, a new issue of Dynamite with The Fonz on the front - livin' the dream!
Here are scans from a few 1981 issues of SuperMag. Peruse them here, or download the full sized PDF. You might want to create a Retrospace folder on your desktop - we've got a lot more sharity coming your way. Enjoy!
Ever heard of the Italian tabloid Cronaca Vera? Me neither, but when I came across these amazing examples of pulp cheesecake, I knew I had to share. You can download the whole lot in one PDF here, or just browse a selection below.
There's no nudity thanks to strategically placed headlines; however, I'm not sure you want to be ogling these pages at the office either. Cheers!