Advertising There are few examples in advertising or pop-culture which are the idealization of American youth, affluence and style, better than the Pepsi print campaigns of the 1950′s. These magazine illustrations clearly marked out a sophisticated lifestyle and the beautiful stylish people that practiced it. The artistic style was colorful and simple with a few important details to tell the story. The setting was clearly urban, or nearby suburban, with a lot of beach and country outings mixed in. Locations might be the polo stables, a fashion show or a backyard cookout; but everyone was having fun and drinking Pepsi. Pictured are mainstream consumers; adults not teenagers. The illustrations can be seen as almost an instruction, ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: A Kitchen Of The Future

Episode 309    Apr 20th 2014

Got a cool pad but the Kitchen is just a little too contemporary, well I’ve got a guy who is going to inspire you to create the retro kitchen of the future ! News on the state of affairs for the Rooney Estate, I’ll let you know who is in my soon to be released book number 2 of interviews plus an incredible story of an auction of the most amazing scrap yard in history!

Roadtrip Nostalgic, classic, vintage and timeless. These are words that comes to mind when I look at postcards depicting roadside American attractions such as motels, diners, drive-in theaters, bowling alleys and outdoor shopping centers. It is definitely an era gone-by now and I am sad never to never really have experienced it. I am sure many of you have fond (or maybe not so fond) memories of places like these and that they now are either completely unrecognizable or demolished. If anyone knows of any retro roadside attractions still intact, by all means – share! ( continue reading... )


Travel Scandinavian Airlines (or simply SAS), was founded in 1951, when three Scandinavian transatlantic airlines merged. In the late 1950s, SAS was the first airline to offer round the world service over the North Pole via the North Pole shortcut Copenhagen – Anchorage – Tokyo. This “polar express” became popular with Hollywood celebrities and production people travelling to Europe. SAS entered the jet age in 1959 when its ( read more... )

Roadtrip There are numerous times in my role as the self- appointed retro cultural historian for Boston that I feel just like Gloria Swanson in 1960 standing in that classic photo taken amidst the destruction of the once splendid crown jewel of cinemas, The Roxy Theater in New York City. Boston, like so many other American cities, has been pillaged… truly stripped bare of what made ( read more... )

Film “Here’s to men… bless their clean cut faces and dirty little minds!” A publishing house typing pool is the seething heart of the aspirations of a cadre of working girls, marking time until they marry Mr. Right and settle down. Caroline Bender (Lange) battles her career aspirations and fear that she will morph into scary book editor Joan Crawford. It’s the original Sex in the City. ( read more... )

Design Here is a handy guide written by Roger 99 that shows us how to create old-fashioned posters with that special vintage look, complete with aged paper feel. The tutorial explains in detail using a step-by-step guide how a advertisement for Facebook could have looked if it was available in the 1950s. There are also examples of YouTube, Twitter and Skype included. Read the tutorial here ( read more... )