Inspiration It sure looks real doesn’t it? It could very well be photos from a 1950s advertisement trying to promote the latest model of a car or pristine time capsule that were just discovered. But none of what you see is actually real. Michael Paul Smith from New England, USA is a model car enthusiast and photographer and creator of these fun and highly detailed photos of scenes from the past. Using a forced perspective technique, he tricks our eyes believing that the small model cars and objects are a part of the background scenery, which creates a flawless transition that blends seamlessly. Michael explains that his model making skills are an accumulation of numerous jobs ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: RIP Lauren Bacall

Episode 324    Aug 24th 2014

Sad news last week of the passing of Lauren Bacall, so on this edition of the Cocktail Nation we will take a look at her life and times. News on what they call the “Steve McQueen effect”, news on a classic Cadillac dealership in trouble in Los Angeles, and I will take a look at what is happening on the neo lounge music scene from across the globe.

Roadtrip Melvin Hale is a award-winning digital artist from Los Angeles, California that specializes in bringing back old photographs to life. He also offers a collection called California Chromes, which are composed from remastered and re-imagined vintage color images of a colorful California. They are primarily street scenes of cities, beaches and other destinations. California Chromes showcase fun places with fond memories, and make for truly great wall art and conversation. Currently there are more than 300 vintage images from California in Living Color available and more are being added. Right now there is a 50% off sale on all California Chromes ( continue reading... )


Stores The Shopping Spree article series continues with part 11. As usual we head back 50 years or so to visit the stylish, kitschy and sometimes strange looking malls and shopping centers of the past. This time we take a look at Montgomery Ward, Woolco, Randhurst Mall and Colonial Plaza in Orlando. Like most of us retro lovers know, time stands still in photographs, but progress ( read more... )

Roadtrip The Disneyland Hotel in Anahem, California opened its doors in 1955 as a motor-inn type Hotel. Walt Disney wanted to build a hotel for Disneyland visitors to stay overnight. However, Disney’s financial resources were significantly depleted by the construction of the park, so he negotiated a deal with Jack Wrather and his business partner Maria Helen Alvarez under which Wrather-Alvarez Productions would own and operate ( read more... )

Film Gone with the Wind, Spartacus, Pillow Talk, To Have and Have Not… these are some of the films that comes to mind when we think of “Classic Hollywood” today. But what of the actors and actresses who appeared in them, the men and women who defined glamour and romance during Hollywood’s golden age… where are they now? Still hard at work. James Garner (Born 1928): ( read more... )

Roadtrip A trip to yesteryear London in 1957, about a decade before the height of “Swinging London” with its youth oriented fashion, music, art and culture scenes. Places depicted are among others Cambridge Circus, Palace Pier and Trafalgar Square. What do you prefer, London in 1957 or 2011? Photos by Kai Krog Halse ( read more... )