Celebrating Some Retro Blogs

Chick Young over at Trash Aesthetics has bestowed the Dardos Award on Retrospace. I think most of us are familiar with the award; it's been traveling blog to blog for over a year now, and no one can seem to identify its origin. Bloggers need any positive feedback they can get - posting can be a lot of work, and us folks need a little recognition now and again.

Anyway, Retrospace received this same award two months ago, but would like to use the opportunity this time around to recognize strictly retro blogs - specifically, the sort of retro sites that focus on the 1950s - 1970s.

So, here's the usual spiel:

The Dardos Award is described as: An award given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

I am tasked now with following these rules:

1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.

2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

And here's the 5- if you have already won one, I guess just add another trophy to the mantle.

1. 70's Child

Joe gives me a daily dose of 70s nostalgia, and I'm grateful for it. You'll see ol' Gilligan commenting a lot over there - when I see a post on The Brady Bunch, Dynamints, or Lite Brite, I feel compelled to submit my two cents. Joe will definitely take you back and remind you of a lot of things you haven't thought about for thirty years.

2. Retrosnark

A great spot to find retro ads and images from old books and magazines, and much more. The best part is the entertaining commentary with each. Retrosnark does an excellent job of keeping that retro torch a'burnin'.

3. The Percy Trout Hour

Percy Trout is an expert at providing the world with copious amounts of retro sleaze. It's all campy and great fun - nothing more offensive than what's on the boob tube at any given moment, and a whole lot more enjoyable. Mr. Trout also puts on an awesome radio show that is perfect to listen to while at the keyboard blogging.

4. Paco Camino Is Lurking

Much like Retrospace, Paco Camino often mines the rarely explored nether regions of the 1970s, digging up things like tacky album covers and sleazy paperbacks. The picture at the top of this post is from Paco Camino, if that gives you some idea of what this site is like. Retro kitchy goodness at its best.

5. Diary of a Man Out of Time

I don't know what to say of this blog except that it has amazing pictures and when MOoT decides to compose a written post it is always a slice of retro-greatness.

I could keep going - there's a whole lot of great retro blogs out there, but I have to keep it to five. Them's the rules. Cheers!


  1. Hey thanks Gilligan! Although i only know of 2 other retro sites to pass them on to, yours being the 3rd, but you've already got one..

  2. ... and the other blogs I read, well, they don't deserve one...

  3. I...I promised myself I wouldn't cry. I have so many little people to thanks, but since they're little people, they don't really matter. It's all about meeeeeeeeee!

    Thanks muchly, friend. Joking aside, I'm honored to be recognized.

  4. Thank you.

    I appreciate being recognized for my "altruistic" efforts.

  5. Congrats. You definitely deserve it. I check out a couple of those blogs, but I'll have to pay a visit to the others. Cheers!

  6. I'd nominate Dr. Zibbs, if he wasn't such a whiner...

  7. Zibbs, I limited it to RETRO blogs this time around. Anyway, everyone knows the Blue Yak is the Meryl Streep of blogs; who needs yet another acknowledgment of your greatness?

    Congrats again to Percy, Joe and Jim. You all do great work.

  8. RuthI recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  9. we love all things retro, great blog!

  10. AnonymousJuly 20, 2010

    if you think about it one day there will be more retro blogs than non-retro blogs!



  11. I'm in awe of your site. (I assume it's been up for a while.) I love all things retro (of course, or I wouldn't be here!). I recently started a site that consists of 50s & 60s magazine scans, clip art, etc. Very small compared to yours, but I still have tons of magazines, books, etc. awaiting my scanner.

    Your site is an inspiration. (Mine is Velma's Fabulous Fifties.)

    (I have a lot of parentheses!)

  12. If you like seeing old advertising, my blog presents interesting ads from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and traces their pop cultural or historical influences with light, playful commentary.

    Deconstruction on Madison Avenue

  13. hey a great site! i have a retro website, too, but it's in german language http://retroo.de. if i have a little time, a spend some to wrote an articel over your great website.