Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures

1950s

Dutch Exotica For Your Cocktail Lounge

Exotica music was made popular in the early 1950s and took its name from the Martin Denny album with the same title. The inspiration for the genre came from exotic locations and instruments from places such as Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii. The genre was mostly popular in suburban USA with legends such as Les Baxter, Artur Lyman and Martin Denny leading the...

Large Collection of Audrey Hepburn Articles

Seeing it’s Monday and we all love Audrey Hepburn here’s a really swell collection of scanned Audrey articles from various magazines from all over the world. The creator of The Audrey Hepburn Library realized a long time ago that it was nearly impossible finding good source material that wasn’t already covered in biographies about her and other Audrey fans had often scanned only the photos...

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The classic ‘Think Pink’ song and dance number from the 1957 movie Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Love how clean and stylized the environment and colors are. This truly represents the height of the mid century modern look and feel – clean and simple. Legendary Kay Thompson sets the style and mood....

Educational Movies about the Atomic Bomb

Produced in 1955 and 1959 about the atomic bomb and radioactive fallout and how you can protect your self from it. For someone born in the 1970s or later it is probably hard to grasp the hype, fear and fascination about the atomic bomb in the height of the cold war era. Especially for those living on the western seaboard of the US in the...

Postcards of Googie Architecture in California

Since we all love kitschy postcards, I thought this would be a great way to start off the week. Here’s a sample of postcards of yesteryear California. Including motels, restaurants, diners, bowling alleys and everything between that all share the “Googie” styled design and architecture that became popular on the West Coast in the 1950s and 1960s. The “Googie” style took its influence from futurist...

Disney’s House of the Future

The House of the Future (also known as the plastic house of the future) at Disneyland, California circa 1957. This is where curious visitors could get a glimpse of how Disney imagined what the future would hold in technology and comfort for the year 1986! Many (or most) things would probably be regarded as very retro-future-kitschy today, but one gadget that was eventually shown and...

Shaynee Rainbolt Leads a Charmed Life – Featuring Russel Garcia

American jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt contacted me a while back having seen one of my compilations which features songs by legendary musician and composer Russell Garcia. It turns out that she is not only a fellow fan of his but also worked with him on her latest album entitled Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia. Russell, now 92 years old have been living on...

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