1950s

Seeing summer is around the corner for those of us who are living in Europe, why not catch up with the latest trends and styles in beach fashion for women. Here are a handful of beach fashion photos from Life Magazine circa 1955. The photos were taken by film director, musician, journalist and photographer Gordon Parks who is mostly known for directing the 1971 blaxploitation movie Shaft starring Richard Roundtree. Most people have no clue that he was also a...

Look at these lovely vintage photos scanned from adverts in Fortune Magazine from 1963 and 1964. I love the way how clean and elegant everything is organized, the calming color schemes and use of typical mid-century rectangular angles. The furniture is designed by Thonet Industries and Steelcase who has been active in designing office perihelia since 1912. For more Steelcase office photos and mid-century goodness, visit the Mid-Century Modernist blog which features lots and lots of ideas and inspiration for...

Before Starbucks, Espresso House, Nero and other major coffeehouse chains invaded every city on the western hemisphere there were thousands of smaller coffee houses or coffee bars as they were referred to back then. London, England saw a major expansion of these quaint places in the early 1950s, right about the same time as the first Espresso machine was introduced there. The clip is taken from the DVD Look At Life – Swinging London, which features sixteen kitschy and fascinating...

Digital painter Melvin Hale uses modern technology to make old black and white photos come alive again. Melvin’s studio is located in Palm Springs, California where he has been working on refining his technology of digitally colorizing and restoring vintage black and white images of mid-century America – including roadside attractions, portraits, buildings and a handful of other subjects. Melvin has also been awarded several prizes for his work, one being the prestigious Crystal Award of Excellence from the California...

Beautiful End Titles
By Christopher Apr 23rd, 2009 in Film

Beautiful End Titles

Stumbled upon these fabulous end titles from various classic mid-century movies. They don’t make them like this anymore. You can see stills from My Fair Lady directed by George Cukor, How To Murder Your Wife, Destination Moon and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her from Jean-Luc Godard amoung many others. It seems that these kind of end titles are a long lost art form and all we can do now is admire the style and grace of times...

Love these vintage soda crates courtesy of Pottery Barn. Once used to transport sodas to vending machines and restaurants in the US, they are as stylish and useful today as they were 50 years ago. Sadly though it seems that they are currently not available to buy through Pottery Barn, but fingers crossed that they will find more of these gems from the past. What would you guys use them for?...

Revival of the Radio
By Christopher Apr 17th, 2009 in Design

Revival of the Radio

British portable radio manufacturer Robert’s has been making radios since 1932 and can today be found in homes all over the world, even the Royal British family. There have been numerous models in production, but the one that is instantly recognizable is the vintage looking Revival radio that takes its inspiration from classic mid-century design. Robert’s have modernized the inside with DAB technology for digital radio and a smart LCD-display at the top. I bet that these would look snug...

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