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Shopping Spree – Part 1
Written by Chris Alm in Stores

Shopping Spree – Part 1

Postcards from various shopping centers, malls and department stores in Sweden from the 1960s and 1970s. Pay attention to the plethora of plants, swanky architecture and earthy colours....

Swedish Modernism and Functionalism

I’ve always had a keen interest in architecture, nowadays it seams bigger than ever. Probably because I have been lucky enough to find some interesting books at my college library about the modernism and functionalism in Sweden. The modernism architecture was introduced in Sweden during the Stockholm International Fair in 1930 and really set a standard for the design and lifestyle during the following decades....

Video
Written by Chris Alm in Film

Dentist on the Job

This British movie from 1961 can actually be found on the DVD version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Well, okay not really. Before the actual movie begins, you are presented with about two minutes of the opening titles from Dentist on the Job. A voice from the projectionist is then heard, that it’s the wrong movie, and then the Holy Grail begins. I...

All American Taschen Books
Written by Chris Alm in Readable

All American Taschen Books

I’m a big fan of Taschen’s books. So far I have purchased their two advertising books from the 1950s and 1960s. The 50s book is the newer edition with only some 350 pages, the first edition had over 900 pages, but it seams that it is out of print now. I was lucky to find the 60s book at the swank department store Harrods in...

Ride the Peoplemover
Written by Chris Alm in Science

Ride the Peoplemover

This is a photo from Disneyland probably taken in the early 1970s. It depicts an attraction called The Peoplemover. It was meant as a demonstration of futuristic technology, suitable for moving people around urban centers, airports, shopping malls and what not. It was introduced in 1967 and took the passengers for a ride around Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Los Angeles, with the light weight tunes...

Ride the Monorail
Written by Chris Alm in Event

Ride the Monorail

The Seattle World’s Fair back in 1962 with its theme “Century 21” has to be the coolest World’s Fair ever. Going from downtown Seattle, you board the Alweg monorail, speeding along high above the streets to reach the exposition area. The fair was home of the Space Needle, one of the most famous Googie architecture landmarks in America, it still stands there today if you...

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