1970s

This short promotional film, produced in the early 1970s gives us a insight into how the classical compact Polaroid SX-70 camera functions. The SX-70 included many sophisticated design elements. A collapsible SLR required a complex light path, with many mirrors (including one Fresnel reflector) of unusual, aspheric shapes and at odd angles. The film pack contained a flat, 6-volt “PolaPulse” battery to power the camera electronics, drive motor and flash. The original flash system, a disposable “Flash Bar” of 10...

If you lived in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s or even the ’80s, you probably spent some of your time watching television during the Christmas season (when it wasn’t more inclusively referred to as ‘the holidays’, like today.) Apart from the Christmas or holiday-themed episodes of your favorite TV series, you might have sat through a music-filled extravaganza special, featuring some of the musical superstars of the day. And chances are, you might have witnessed some of the choicest, cheesiest and...

Winter is almost upon us in northern Europe, but these newly found postcards of retro Sweden brings back kitschy summer vibes that are sure to warm anyone. Those of you with sharp eyes might spot that a few of the cards depict Sweden pre-1967, when we still had left-side traffic. Native Swedes might even recognize some or all of the places. But for those who aren’t in the know, they represent Värnamo, Kramfors along with the two suburbs Vällingby and...

To kick off things for Halloween in a ghoulish way, this old piece of 1973 wax will most likely do the trick (…or treat). Doctor Druid’s Haunted Seance is sure to scare and entertain everyone in the family, especially if used with one speaker hidden in the ceiling for the proper “stereo spirit” effect. Heck, even I am a bit freaked out by this old time piece which revolves around a haunted seance hosted by our Doctor Druid. The good...

If you ever wondered how it was like living in the old communist eastern Europe but were unable to do so before the wall fell? Here is your chance. In the heart of the former eastern side of Berlin lies a quite ordinary looking concrete apartment building that once was home to dozens of people, but today houses the quite unusual DDR-designed and inspired hostel… Ostel. Once inside, you have a selection that ranges from tastefully designed single or double...

You love stewardesses don’t you? So do I. Flying today is not the way it was used to be, so to remind you all of how elegant, exciting and swank traveling by airplane used to be here are a bunch of photos taken from the golden years of flying circa 1950s to the 1970s. For a real life story on how flying used to be, check out the story I did with former Pan Am stewardess Valerie Waterman. Which is...

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