1960s

‘Mad Men’ Style: What Are People Wearing in 1969?

Mad Men is a veritable smorgasbord of eye candy. From the swoon-worthy set design to the striking cinematography, Matthew Weiner’s stylish series deconstructs the 1960s with a visual grammar that rivals many movies. Perhaps one of the most obsessed about aspects of Mad Men is the fashion. The series heralded a revival of 1960’s style and even inspired several clothing lines from big brands and indie clothiers. … Read More

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Lost Photos of Kansas City’s Underground Drag Scene During the 1960s

When we think of places where drag and ballroom culture has thrived, cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. spring to mind — but many don’t realize that there was a vibrant community in the Midwest during the ‘50s and ‘60s. In 2006, artist Robert Heishman uncovered a group of slides in a Kansas City salvage yard labeled, “Jack’s Slides: Chicago and Kansas City.” Heishman found a stash of images featuring beautiful drag queens, but the photographer remained a mystery. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Awesome Movie-Style Posters For Every Original ‘Star Trek’ Episode

There’s not exactly a shortage of Star Trek fan art out there, but Juan Ortiz came up with a fresh and fascinating angle for his new book Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz (out today from Titan Books). Ortiz, a longtime Trek enthusiast and gifted graphic artist, designed a movie-style poster for every single episode of the original series. Drawing inspiration from pulp book covers, advertisements, comic books, and ‘60s movie posters, the achievement is impressive to Trekkies and ‘60s design fans alike. After the jump, check out just a few of Ortiz’s original posters, along with (exclusive to Flavorwire) his own comments on the episodes and his inspirations for the images. … Read More

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10 Funny and Frightening Vintage Sex Ed Films

Earlier this week, website Open Culture unearthed a video gem from Disney. The Mouse House created several educational shorts during their heyday, including animations about sex education and family planning (oddly, starring Donald Duck). We feature one of them past the break, along with other vintage clips that offer absurd and inappropriate advice about our bodies, our sex lives, and our health. … Read More

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A Brief Guide to Pop Culture in 1968

The sixth season of Mad Men premieres April 7. Mod styles and Jon Hamm’s (controversial) slim-fitting suit reflect the late 1960′s period the show is entering, estimated to be 1968. “[There is] anxiety that is created by all of these characters wondering why they are the way they are,” creator Matthew Weiner said of the upcoming episodes. “Maybe you’re a fraud. Maybe you’re facing all the bad things you’ve ever done in your life. But you are back in a place where you are the issue. In the first episode when someone says, ‘People will do anything to alleviate their anxiety,’ that’s what this season is about.” The theme is befitting of the buzzing time period. … Read More

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Groovy Crowd Photos from 1970′s Atlanta Pop Festival

We’ve all seen photos of historic ’60s events like Woodstock, Monterey Pop, and Altamont, but we rarely encounter images like the ones below, from the era’s less iconic regional festivals. Shot by a Mississippi State University student who turned 21 that weekend, these snaps don’t spotlight the performers at 1970′s Second Annual Atlanta Pop Festival, who included everyone from Jimi Hendrix and The Allman Brothers to Mott the Hoople and B.B. King. In our opinion, they do something far more historically valuable: they give us a glimpse of post-Woodstock youth culture in a part of the country that wasn’t known for welcoming hippies. Click through to see some of our favorite photos from the series, which we discovered via Retronaut, and visit ejmc’s Flickr page for the entire set. … Read More

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Nostalgia-Inducing Photos of an Arcade in 1968

Put down your high-tech gaming gadgets and take a gander at these amazing photographs of an arcade in Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1968. Oh, Wonderland, “The World’s Finest Arcade.” Skip through skee ball tables, animatronic fortune tellers, the photo booth, Voice-o-Graph, and the many themed pinball machines — for 16-year-olds or older only, oh boy! Yes, in the olden days of 40-cent cheeseburgers and shooting consoles that creepily resembled rifles, people came here for entertainment. Looks like fun. But wait, what in the world is a “Fresh Hat” dispenser? Better ask Mom and Dad. Or maybe Grandpa? … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out that 33-years-old is a magical, happy place. We got noisy with chemistry and jelly. We watched a book being born, the old fashioned way. We wanted to buy this glassware that — depending on the amount of liquid within —  shows different … Read More

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Watch a Charming Home Video of David Bowie in 1965

In 1965, David Bowie was not famous. In fact, he wasn’t even David Bowie yet — he was the 18-year-old frontman of Davie Jones and the Lower Third, one of many bands the soon-to-be-superstar performed with in the mid-’60s. But, as a newly discovered home video attests, he was already the stylish and charismatic presence who broke through four years later with “Space Oddity.” Dangerous Minds points us to the short clip below, shot by YouTube poster Joe Salama’s father during a visit to London’s West End. Although Salama identifies the video as dating to 1968, a particularly observant Tumblr blogger has made a strong case that it actually comes from ’65. The most fascinating bit of the story, as far as we’re concerned, is that Salama’s dad had no idea who Bowie was and doesn’t remember what caught his eye about the singer. That, and the fact that mid-’60s, mod-era Bowie already knew just how to affably mug for the camera — a skill that would certainly come in handy later in his career. … Read More

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Fashionable Stripper Audition Polaroids from the ’60s and ’70s

Those looking for some retro fashion inspiration could do worse than perusing the stripper_polaroids Flickr account. No, we’re not cheekily suggesting that you clothe yourselves in G-strings and feather boas. The archive, which we discovered via Dangerous Minds, belongs to someone who apparently bought a box of 400 Polaroid stripper audition photos from the ’60s and ’70s for just $10 — and while there are some underwear and bikini shots, we were taken with the ones that show ladies dressed in the height of period fashion. There are mod print sheath dresses from the ’60s, sparkly disco frocks from the ’70s, and many truly enviable pairs of high-waisted, wide-legged pants. Travel back to a more innocent time — especially, it seems, for exotic dancers — with the gallery of our favorite shots, after the jump. … Read More

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