9/20/16

50s Hot Rod and Classic Car Covers

Well, we're back with some more classic car and hot rod magazine covers that really blew our minds. Engineering in the 50s was a time of exploration and discovery. For car enthusiasts, it led to some of the most beautifully designed vehicles in history.

We don't quite see the curves in today's vehicles as they really don't give us that feeling that we get when looking at a classic car. That being said, innovation is respected and these magazines helped car lovers learn how to get the best out of their awesome machines.

So, take a look at some of the awesome 1950's car magazine covers from, Hot Rod, Science and Mechanics and more.





9/13/16

Reliving The Bettie Page Comics

Bettie Mae Page was one of the most famous pin-up models of the 50s. She was so famous that her likeliness was translated into a comic book character who found herself in titillating adventures. 

Darkhorse Comics was the publisher responsible for the Bettie Page comics that had the pin-up model in very skimpy outfits. She would unconsciously save the world on many occasions as she jumped around from shoot to shoot.

To this day one of the Bettie Page animations have been adapted to an animation style, interactive reading experience on the Darkhorse Comics website. You can check it out by clicking here. Check out some of the Bettie Page comic covers and photos below.






9/6/16

Vintage 1950 Comic Covers: Tales From The Crypt

It's not October yet but you can feel the spookiness approaching as the month creeps closer. Perhaps now is the perfect time to revisit one of the 50s most popular horror comics "Tales From The Crypt."

Bill Gaines is the mastermind behind Tales From The Crypt as he was the publisher and co-editor of EC comics. Gaines work revolved around the worlds of science fiction, satire, war and of course, horror.  

Gaines was on KP patrol in World War II after being rejected by the U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Navy. He earned KP duty by requesting to be drafted during a tumultuous time in U.S. history. 

After leaving the service he took over the show at EC following the death of his father Maxwell Gaines. So started Bill's incredible reign at EC producing some of the most memorable content, such as Tales From The Crypt.

What creeps us out the most about Tales From The Crypt wasn't always the stories. It was at many times the terrifying faces of The Crypt-Keeper, The Old Witch and The Vault-Keeper. But enough history, check out some of the classic covers from Tales From The Crypt below.









8/8/16

Vintage Wheels #28: Hot Rod Magazine Covers

Hot Rod magazine is one of the oldest car magazines that is still reigning supreme today. The Hot Rod lifestyle is a deep rooted part of American car culture and it's honestly one of the most thrilling ones to be a part of. 

We did some exploring and grabbed a couple of covers from the 1960's Hot Rod era and boy are there some thunderous rides on the covers. It's all about the big powerful engines that ruled the streets. You can check out some of the covers we found from the 1960's in the images below. 

In present day, Hot Rod is now part of a wider range of online publications that includes, Motor Trend, Automobile, Mustang 360 and a few more. The automobile game is only continuing to grow but it's always nice to see some of the earlier pieces like the beautiful covers below.






8/2/16

Vintage Styles #54: 70s Fashion Magazine Covers


When it comes to the 70s and high fashion, you can't help but to remember that the decade set a pretty high bar. In fact, some of the 70s styles still live on in clothing that we wear today. 


We are taking a look at some of the most popular magazine covers from fashion magazines in the 70s. You'll definitely recognize some of the names as they were publications that have transcended plenty of generations. You can start with the Vogue cover above.

 These magazines manages to capture some of the most incredible high-fashion styles and even some of the more inventive and lower-end fashion's such as the TEEN cover above.




7/26/16

Vintage Wheels #27: 1980's Road and Track Cover Cars


Road & Track was literally one of the most defining publications for automobiles for decades. During one of the golden eras that is the 80s their covers contained some pretty awesome machines that were totally breaking ground. 

Continuing to educate gear-heads, or car enthusiasts depending on your preference of terminology, on the European car market and the ground-breaking designs that came in years that followed.


The Corvette Z51 was one of the hottest cars in the 80's and was a great way to turn heads. This cover was able to capture much of the appeal of the wicked ride.



While we mentioned the Corvette above, the Datsun 280ZX entered the U.S. market and had us all a bit confused. It was a Japanese car that was giving an American giant a bit of a run for their money. 

7/5/16

Album Covers #49: Stacked Wax


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.

7/4/16

Mini Skirt Monday #217: Cheerleaders (Part 4)


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!

7/1/16

Catalogs #51: 1969 Gold Strike Stamps Catalog


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.

Artful Conception #31: Strategically Covered Nudity (Part 4)


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.