TV Guide #9: Oct. 6-12, 1973

October 1973: The Yom Kippur War was starting, VP Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace, and John Lennon was getting his phone tapped by the FBI.   A lot bad stuff going on in the world; it was nice to have the boob tube for escape.  Here's a look at what was on from the 6th through the 12th of October 1973.


Mini Skirt Monday #195: Sitting Minis

Today's Miniskirt Monday Theme: Seated (No Chairs or Sofas Allowed).  Why confine ourselves to such an arbitrary rule?  Without a theme, we're just ogling a bunch a girls in short skirts.  With a theme, we have a purpose.

So, here are 46 pictures of girls on fences, rocks, benches, pianos, walls, window sills. and all manner of other non-chair, stool or sofa sitting areas - all pulled from old yearbooks, newspapers and other 40+ year old paper sources. Pretty much all of these should be new (not copied from old MM posts). Enjoy.

Vintage Business #17: Office '86

The July 1986 issue of a color computing magazine called Rainbow offers some dynamite photographs of life in a publishing company's office space.   The fashions, the computers, the decor -- it's an 80s wonder to behold.

It doesn't really matter what office space this is; it's enough just to gaze upon it. But for those interested, this is the Falsoft publishing building.  The business started small in 1981 as a local Kentucky color computing rag printed on a dot matrix printer.  The magazine Rainbow grew rapidly over the next few years, and branched into PCM magazine "The Personal Computing Magazine for Tandy Users", and VCR "The Home Video Monthly magazine".

Anyway, here's a look inside where the magic happened...


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....


TV Guide #8: Feb 12-18, 1977

Not so long ago, we had Kojak featured on a 1975 Electric Company magazine, now he's back a couple years later on TV Guide.  Let's face it - we can never get enough Telly.  Who loves ya baby?


Ads #76: OMNI Advertising (1985-86)

You remember OMNI - it was a science magazine with a sort-of unique edge.  It hit the hard sciences like Scientific; however, it often hit UFOs and pseudosciences as well.  I guess it shouldn't be too surprising that it wasn't your run-of-the-mill sci-mag, considering it was launched by the spouse of Penthouse's Bob Guccione.

Each issue had science news (Continuum) and a section with cool photographs (microorganisms, planets) or sci-fi artwork.  Problem was, it was pretty dense and made for tough reading for the younger set.  It probably could have dumbed down a few notches and still been able to hold its head aloof.

In the mid-nineties, the magazine went bye bye.  But here for you today are some resurrected advertisements pulled from its glossy pages.  As you can imagine, these aren't ads for pudding mix and tampons; these are OMNI ads, full of a special 1980s nerdy sci-mojo.  Read on...


Double Feature #6: Scandinavian Nymphos on the Loose!

Tonight's Double Feature attractions both feature uninhibited Scandinavians spreading their immoral love to other countries.  In High Test Girls (1980) the Swedes bring their loose morals to a tranquil Swiss hamlet.  In Without a Stitch (1968) a young Danish woman practices her love lessons across Europe.  I don't have a lot to say about our first feature as it is essentially plotless, but our second selection is a doozy.  Let's watch... and please keep your cell phones on vibrate so as not to disturb your neighbors.  Enjoy the shows!


Vintage Scan #38: Ice Capades 1978

In the third installment of ice show brochures we have the 1978 Ice Capades.  We are smack dab in the disco era, folks - and it definitely shows.  Things look a little less Lawrence Welk this time around, and a little more Saturday Night Fever; complete with lots of sparkly disco bedazzlement. But don't take my word for it - let's go check it out....


Fact or Fiction #20: Sears Lawn Chair Mystery

So, I was contacted by a Retrospace reader who had been looking into the infamous flying lawn chair story - you know the one: where a guy named Larry Walters ties a bunch of weather balloons to his lawn chair and sails 16,000 feet above North Hollywood.  It's not an urban legend - it really happened.  There's an excellent breakdown of the adventure on SB Nation here.

The mystery is a small one: Larry's supplies included a BB gun (to pop the balloons for his descent), a parachute, and a lawn chair that was reported to cost $110 - a lot of money for a lawn chair, especially in 1981 dollars.

Larry said he got the chair from Sears.  So, the aforementioned Retrospace reader knew I had the catalog from an old post and asked if this highly expensive chair was in it....


Mini Skirt Monday #194: I Dream of Jeannie - Season 5 (Part II)

Continuing where we left off last week, we'll work our way through a few more episodes.  As before, I'll provide some backstory for each picture as there's nothing worse than a mini without context. Enjoy.


Album Covers #43: Awkward Vinyl

I tried to dig up some album covers that were just a little bit awkward or uncomfortable.  Maybe not deeply cringeworthy, but not the sort of thing that belongs on a record sleeve nonetheless.  It's a toe-curling stack-o-wax that I'm sure you'll enjoy...