Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures

1950s

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A one hour long documentary telling the story of how Pan American World Airways kickstarted the jet-age and shrank the globe. Real-life ‘Pan Am girls’ recall a high-life of luxury and glamour; rubbing shoulders with celebrity passengers, international romances and having to wear the now infamous girdle. Stars of the jet-age such as Robert Vaughn and Mary Quant remember the food, fashion and girls that...

Sex and Hi-Fi – Let me show you my woofers and tweeters

At some unspecified moment of the 1950’s the burgeoning technology of high-fidelity sound and sex became synonymous. Instead of grand-dad’s ukelele or uncle Frank’s player piano, vacuum tubes and transformers took over the machinations of audio seduction. Clearly it was the breakthrough technology of throbbing bass and ecstatic treble that opened the path to perdition. The breathless merging of woofer and tweeter. But there were...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

The Cocktail Nation

If I Can Dream
The Cocktail Nation on February 7th, 2016

Podcast #390: If I Can Dream

Ray Bradbury Lives on Mars

The man and his wheelchair sat silhouetted against an endless vista of bright unblinking stars and twisting nebula. He was a very old man. Born in 1920. That made him one year into his ninth decade of life. Very old indeed he mused … except for the fact that he was already dead. Well, if this was Heaven it wasn’t half bad he thought. Sitting...

Nostalgic Postcards of American Roadside Attractions – Part 3

According to Wikipedia, a roadside attraction is a feature along the side of a road, that is frequently advertised with billboards to attract tourists. In general, these are places one might stop on the way to somewhere else, rather than being a final or primary destination in and of themselves. The modern tourist-oriented highway attraction originated as a U.S. and Western Canadian phenomenon in the...

In Praise of Pulp – The Art of Mort Kunstler

The magazine rack at the local drugstore. Memories from my childhood in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Illustrated covers on the lower shelves. Screaming titles in bold, bawdy, blazing headlines. MALE… MAN’S LIFE… SAGA!!! Were these a kind of grown-up comic book? But this was much better! Silly, costumed caricatures talking in word balloons was little kid stuff. This was about real life. These...

Video

Klara lives in San Francisco, very near the Hotel Vertigo, so she couldn’t resist putting together this video for Alfred Hitchcock and ‘Vertigo‘ fans. Klara explains that it made sense to make a video project out of it and track several of the locations from the film – especially for folks who aren’t able to travel here and see these locations up close, and in...

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