Thursday, December 22, 2011

PLAID CHRISTMAS MAXI SKIRT

This would be the perfect 70's plaid maxi-skirt for the Christmas season.  Others that would fit the bill follow below:

These wool maxi's are nice and warm.  Like a semi-fitted blanket - very cozy!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

'SPACE FIDGET' RETRO 70's TOY -

  The 'Space Fidgit' was also known as a Fidget, Figit and even “Touch me” — they were mostly green when you looked at them straight on, and more reddish/orange at an angle. It had a creamy gel-like material inside, and you could change the colors of the inside gel with pressure and angle changes.

Here’s a description from original product packaging:
This unique plastic disc is filled with fascinating liquid crystals. Just a touch on the back causes liquid to flow into a spectacular show of changing hues and patterns. 
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These fun toys are made of plastic and filled with thermotropic liquid crystal; the same material found in mood rings. The crystals respond to changes in temperature. The image created would simulate the iridescent colors seen in a puddle of oil:


This 1970's toy was a thin, octagonal hand-held kinetic toy with a clear plastic window over color-changing goo.  It looked a little like a drink coaster, and measured about 3-inches across.

The octagon plastic disc filled was with liquid crystals that you would touch for different patterns.  Just a touch on the back caused the encased liquid to flow into a spectacular show of changing hues and patterns.

This 'Magic Color Disc' was a 3" Acrylic discs with a pressure and heat sensitive combination of materials that would respond to the touch of your finger with psychedelic colors of red, blue, green, and yellow.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Johnson's Baby Oil Ad 'TEEN' Magazine 1972 -

This ad for Johnson's Baby Oil is from a TEEN Magazine I have dated December 1972.  The headliner says, "When you have the face of a girl and the body of a woman you still want the skin of a baby."

The content of the ad goes on to say, "While a young face can sometimes have more than enough oil, the body that goes with it often doesn't have enough.  But Johnson's Baby Oil can help keep a body that's been exposed to sixteen or so summers and winters baby-soft all over."


"Even rough spots like elbows, knees, and heels.  Even legs that have just been shaved.  Even dry hands.  And if you add some of the pure, gentle oil that keeps babies' skin soft to your bubbly bath, it'll leave you feeling silky and slinky from neck to toe.  Johnson's Baby Oil.  If you're woman enough to want the skin of a baby."
Johnson & Johnson

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

THE CARPENTERS


No blog on the 70's would be complete without mention of the wonderful and enduring music of The Carpenters.  They were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s.  During a period when louder and wilder rock was in great demand, Richard and Karen produced a distinctively soft musical style that made them among the best-selling music artists of all time.

Despite the lukewarm chart performance of "Ticket to Ride" from their debut album, the Carpenters persevered and achieved success with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "(They Long To Be) Close To You", which was released in 1970. It debuted at #56, the highest debut of the week ending June 20, 1970. It rose to #1 on July 25, 1970, and stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.

Shortly afterward, Richard had seen a television commercial for Crocker National Bank featuring a song entitled "We've Only Just Begun" written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols. Richard realized the song's hit potential, and three months after "(They Long To Be) Close To You" reached #1, Carpenters' version of "We've Only Just Begun" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song became the first hit single for Williams and Nichols and is considered by Richard Carpenter to be the group's signature tune.  "Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun" became RIAA Certified Gold Singles and were featured on the best-selling album Close To You, which is placed #175 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  (It was!)


Monday, December 12, 2011

Macrame - It Hung On the Wall!


Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of "hitching": full hitch and double half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Common materials used in macramé include cotton twine, hemp, leather or yarn. Jewelry is often made in combination of both the knots and various beads (glass, wooden, etc.), pendants or shells. Leather or fabric belts are another accessory often created via macramé techniques. Most friendship bracelets exchanged among schoolchildren and teens are created using this method as well.

Larger decorative pieces, such as wall hangings or window coverings, might be started out on a wooden or metal dowel, allowing for a spread of dozens of cords that are easy to manipulate. For smaller projects, push-pin boards are available specifically for macramé. Many craft stores offer beginners' kits, work boards, beads and materials ranging in price for the casual hobbyist or ambitious craftsperson.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

DRIED FLOWER EARRINGS


These mini glass vial earrings with a dried flower inside were all the rage in the mid-1970's.  They are truly 'Time in a Bottle'. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

MARY TYLER MOORE - SHE TURNED THE WORLD ON WITH HER SMILE!


The Mary Tyler Moore Show, aired from 1970-77.  She will be receiving the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, 2012.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

THE SKIN MACHINE - THE 'CLARISONIC' OF THE 70'S


I love the description in the ad of what it does!  I decided to do a post of the Skin Machine here since I had just recently done a post on the Clarisonic.  The makers of Clarisonic also claim all of these benefits for their product, but in a little bit different way:

"Exfoliation removes the outer layer to reveal the newer skin beneath. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, helps reduce acne breakouts, and may even reduce fine lines and wrinkles."

The Clarisonic also claims to better than a washcloth and that it, "Removes 6X more makeup than manual cleansing - and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone."

It would be interesting to obtain both the Skin Machine and the Clarisonic to test them out and see which one does a better job.  (Of course, the Skin Machine wasn't 'sonic' though...).  






Monday, August 29, 2011

TEEN MAGAZINE DECEMBER 1972


This 'Young & Loving' Teen Magazine Cover from December 1972 features Rick Springfield and Deborah Raffin wearing 'Topical Tanks' (also shown below).







Monday, June 13, 2011

Kork-Ease Ava
Kork-Ease Myrna
70's Superstar!
The Kork-Ease Platform Sandal was the quintessential 70's shoe.  It is still made in the same comfortable wedge style with hand-crafted quality.

Available in several heights: Bette (4 in.), Ava (3 in.), and Myrna (1.5 in.), as well as a choice of cork or suede-covered wedge platform and several distinctive colors.

However, the 'natural buff' with suede-covered wedge and platform shown here is the Classic Kork-Ease most beloved and revered from the 1970's.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

STRIPED TOE SOCKS!


Striped Toe Socks were one of the 'in' things of the 70's.  They were perfect to wear with open-toed shoes - like your Kork-Ease Platform Sandals - or just for that 'bare foot' feeling around the house.  Super Fun & Cozy!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

7UP - THE UNCOLA!

The 'Uncola' advertising campaign for 7-Up soft drink from the early 1970's often featured the heavily accented deep voice and hearty laugh of Geoffrey Holder - "The Uncola: Ha, Ha, Ha!"


Saturday, May 28, 2011

70's MEN'S FASHION


 70's Men's Fashion: High-Waist Trousers, Bell Bottoms, Floral Print Shirts, Polka Dots - These were the "In" stuff of the time!   -  'WOW'

 1970s men's fashion was characterized by several distinct fashion trends that have left an indelible image of the decade.  These include platform shoes which appeared on the fashion scene in 1971 and often had soles two to four inches thick.

These were worn by both men and women, who also often wore high platform sandals. Wide-legged, flared jeans and trousers were another fashion mainstay for both sexes throughout most of the decade.

We can see several of these mainstays in the picture above - Fuller hair with a longer cut over the ears, long-sleeve dress shirt with wide pointed collar, high-waist trousers with front crease and patch pockets.

Also the use of a wide leather belt with large square buckle, prints including stripes and plaid, bell-bottom trousers with flare and wide cuffs, and of course platform shoes.  These two guys have all that going on!

Friday, May 20, 2011

JESUS FREAK - I LOVE YOU JESUS!

In the late 60's and early 70's 'Love' and 'Peace' were cherished ideals.  Many turned to Christ for peace, and to the love of God for the answers to life: "God shall supply all your need - [singular because Christ is all you need] according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

Many are wondering what will happen tomorrow on May 21, 2011, when Harold Camping predicts that the Rapture will occur.  The Bible says no one knows - only the Father. "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."  (Matthew 24:36)

Whatever happens tomorrow, in the end, you have to be sure of what is going to happen to you when you die. Put your trust in Jesus Christ.  He is the only way. "Jesus saith...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)

What does that mean?  Well, trust in God's grace through Jesus Christ, read your Bible, and pray to Him in all sincerity of heart. "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)
 In the meantime, be a 'freak' for the Lord and live your life for Him.  This is what the 'Jesus Freaks' were so enthusiastic about. "What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8)  

So why a 'Freak'?  The dictionary defines 'freak' as: "A thing or occurrence that is markedly unusual or irregular."  A true Christian is indeed 'different' from the world and its hostility toward the things of God.  (see John 17:14) 

You are not only different, but special - and even chosen out of the world: "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19)

We are His: God is the answer, not a date or a prediction.  Only the Lord can bring us to Redemption.  So, "Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)

Our Redemption is through grace alone, and not anything that we ourselves can do: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
~  Hallelujah~

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

HE'S BEEN EATING BIG MACs SINCE 1972!

Below is a magazine ad, for a Big Mac sandwich, from the early 70's.
 
Since 1972 Don Gorske, a retired prison guard, has eaten at least two Big Macs a day.  The 57-year-old, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin will be eating his 25,000th Big Mac on the 39th anniversary of eating his first.

He jokes that 25,000 is a milestone because people didn’t think he’d live this long. But he says he recently saw a doctor who said he was in good health and his cholesterol is low.

My guess is that the happiness he gets from eating a Big Mac negates any possible adverse health effects!?  Gorske says he ate nine on May 17, 1972 (must have been 'love at first bite'!) and has only missed nine days since then, for various reasons.

Don Gorske even has his own paperback book (see ad below, and excerpt) filled with his experiences over the years of eating a Big Mac everyday, including fun trivia about all the places throughout the United States that he has eaten a Big Mac!

"Everything about eating Big Macs every day was perfect. .... I never had to cook. It was fast and ready within minutes after I left work every day. ...I never had a craving for something different. I had found my perfect food.... The stress of having to eat a non-McDonalds meal was over."  Don Gorske

The Famous Big Mac Jingle:  A 1974 advertising campaign featured a list of the ingredients in a Big Mac: "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun."




Monday, May 16, 2011

Minnie Riperton


Minnie Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American singer-songwriter best known for her vocal range of five-and-a-half octaves and her 1975 single "Lovin' You" (featured most recently in the animated movie Megamind).

She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in the summer of 1979.  They had two children - music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph.

BLUE MASCARA!



Mascara in vibrant colors - especially blue - were all the rage in the 70's.  
You can still get blue mascara and live the memory...


Monday, May 9, 2011

MOODMATCHER LIPSTICK



'Moodmatcher Lipstick' is the original formula from the 60's and 70's.  They change color instantly and last up to 12 hours.  Each shade changes according to your body chemistry for long-lasting 'personalized' color.

Enjoy the rich, natural moisturizing effect of aloe vera and vitamin E in each tube of lipstick.  It is so fun to put on a 'strange' color of lipstick and see it turn to a beautiful color on your lips:
  • Green turns a shade of red or rosy pink
  • Light blue turns magenta or fuchsia
  • Dark blue turns fuchsia or purple
  • Yellow turns rosy peppermint
  • Orange turns to shades of coral
  • Purple turns violet or magenta
Available individually, or in a pack of all 6 shades!  Free Super-Saver Shipping.



Saturday, May 7, 2011

THE BUGALOOS!


"The Bugaloos, The Bugaloos, We're in the air and everywhere..."

The Bugaloos is an American children's television series produced by brothers Sid and Marty Krofft, airing on NBC on Saturday mornings from 1970 to 1972. The show featured a musical group composed of four British-accented teenagers, who lived in fictional Tranquility Forest.

They wore insect-themed outfits with antennae and wings which allowed them to fly, and were constantly pursued by the evil Benita Bizarre, who was jealous of the Bugaloos' musical talent. The Bugaloos released an album in 1970 featuring studio-recorded versions of some of the songs performed on the show.

Friday, May 6, 2011

MOD PURPLE MUSHROOM TABLE LAMP


Vintage 'Eames' Kartell Era 1970's Purple & White Mushroom Table Lamp.  This lamp has a Solid White Plastic base and transparent Purple Shade.  So Retro!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

1971 MALIBU BARBIE IS BACK!

Malibu Barbie in all her glory - with long, blond hair, great tan, aqua blue bathing suit, and round purple sunglasses!  

The set below includes a reproduction Malibu Barbie doll (and sunglasses!) along with her yellow terry towel.

Also included are reproduction fashions from the era and a collector's booklet.  All for only $21.35 + FREE SHIPPING!

This is a great deal - especially when just the reproduction doll alone usually sells for more than twice that amount ($48.92).

                                                            
Included in the set of clothing is a vintage reproduction of 'Lemon Kick' outfit with Palazzo Pants and matching top and shoes.

This set is an authentic Collector's Edition by Mattel.                                                                                                                               

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL...MUSIC


America is an English-American folk rock band, composed originally of members Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. They became a musical sensation during 1972, scoring #1 hits and winning a Grammy for best new musical artist.

Their recording success was almost entirely throughout the 1970s; some of the band's best known songs are "A Horse with No Name", "Sister Golden Hair" (both of which reached #1), "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man", "Daisy Jane", and "Lonely People".

GRANNY SQUARE PONCHO

Hand-crocheted knit Granny Square poncho.  A true 70's wardrobe staple.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

GROOVY KEN!


Shore Lines Ken was so groovy - and so colorful!  If you look closely at Ken's 'Big Business' suit, it is a black and white check print - with a colorful print tie.

Digging Brad's plaid, too.  You really just can't have enough bright colors and prints back then!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

TWIGGY!


Twiggy, one of the first international supermodels and fashion icons of the 60s and 70s.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

THE JESUS MOVEMENT


The Jesus movement was a movement in Christianity beginning on the West Coast of the United States with such churches as Calvary Church with Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie in the late 1960s and early 1970s and spreading primarily through North America and Europe, before dying out by the early 1980s.


It was the major Christian element within the hippie counterculture, or, conversely, the major hippie element within some strands of Protestantism.  Members of the movement were called Jesus people, or Jesus Freaks.  You're going to be a freak for something - it might as well be Jesus!

Friday, April 29, 2011

LOVE'S BABY SOFT - APRIL 1974...

In April 1974, Love Cosmetics began to make a line of Baby Soft products meant for adults. The items were scented with an innocent fragrance most often associated with babies. There was a Baby Soft talc, a body lotion, and a foam bath.

The most popular Baby Soft product, though, was their Body Mist After Bath Spray.  This delightful light mist was very popular with teenagers as well as co-eds and young adults.

The slogan on this ad (above) from the 1970's reads, 'On the theory that softness is what boys find most exciting about girls...'  Baby Soft products were originally priced from $2 to $2.75.  A newer version of this product is still available at amazon.com.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

1970's PURPLE ALARM CLOCK - RING-A-LING!!

Here's the Purple Alarm Clock that goes with the perfect 70's room.  This great 'low-tech' manual, wind-up alarm clock was made by the Bradley Clock Company in the 1970's.

This free-standing clock stood about 4.5 inches high and had glow-in-the-dark hands and hour markers.  The alarm sounds with a brass clapper that strikes each bell on top of the clock.

Luckily, this feature can also be (manually) turned off by turning the clapper guard on the top - which is also how you turn off the alarm once it has sounded.

There's nothing like waking up to a fun, purple clock!


The Perfect 70s Purple Kid's Bedroom!



Perfect 70's Kid's Bedroom Decor:  Complete with Purple Shag Rug, Flower Power Daisy Print Comforter, Purple Painted Walls, and Purple Butterfly Print Curtains.

Just add the Purple Bean Bag Chair and Purple Mushroom Stool (posts below), and you're all set!

And don't forget your Purple Alarm Clock so you can wake up on time!





PLUSH 70's MUSHROOM CHAIR!

 
Vintage 70's Mushroom Chair.  This went well in the perfect kid's bedroom along with the purple bean bag chair, and the purple shag rug. 


This mushroom stool seat stood about 17 inches tall, and about 19 inches wide.  1970's Retro Pop Art Fur in Purple:  So Groovy, So Cool - So Fun!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PURPLE BEAN BAG CHAIR!


The original Bean Bag Chair was conceived in the late 1960’s by a team of Italian designers. It was pear-shaped (I prefer the round...) and made of leather. Called a “Sacco", when it was mass-produced, it was made of vinyl and filled with polystyrene plastic pellets … materials which had only recently been developed. The Sacco revolutionized the concept of a chair with its rigid, hard surface design. 




The Sacco became an instant worldwide phenomenon and a leading icon of the 1970’s. Because a Sacco placed the sitter close to the floor and accommodated a variety of lounging body positions, it met the casual social behavior needs of the times. Consumers liked the fact that the chair molded to each individual’s body shape - and kids loved it!









Coty Sweet Earth Solid Fragrance Compact



Remember the solid fragrance compacts from Coty Sweet Earth from the 1970s?  Now these compacts have been re-manufactured using the same formulas as the originals.  (See photo above.)  Each compact contains three solid fragrances.  

The Seasonal Fragrances features frankincense, myrrh and mistletoe.  The vintage Coty Sweet Earth Rare Flowers Solid Perfume had Tuberose, Jasmine, and Mimosa.  There was another trio compact that had Amberwood, Sandalwood, and Patchouli.

From 1972-1976, Coty released it's Sweet Earth line of perfume essences, including its solid perfume compacts.  The solid perfume compacts came in single scents or trios based on a theme. Each compact had a sticker with a brief description of the scent enclosed which was attached inside the lid.

At the time, several different solid perfume compacts were released.  The Flowers compacts came in different variations on scents.  The Rare Flowers compact included Tuberose, Jasmine, and Mimosa.  The Flowers compact held: Hyacinth, Honeysuckle, and Ylang Ylang.

A similar compact, Wildflowers, held Jasmine, Honeysuckle, and Ylang Ylang. The Grasses compact held: Clover, Gingergrass, Hay.  You could also find another compact holding Amber, Musk, and Sandalwood

The Woods compact held these fragrances: Amberwood, Patchouli, and Sandalwood; While The Herb Fragrances compact held these scents: Chamomile, Sage, and Caraway.  A special Seasonal compact held: Frankincense, Myrrh, Mistletoe (pictured above).

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

DR. SCHOLL'S ORIGINAL WOOD EXERCISE SANDAL -

Gotta love 'em!  Dr. Scholl's Women's Original Exercise Sandal
 
These feel great, have a nice non-slip bottom, smooth wood sole, and make a wonderful 'clomping' sound when you walk!


Available at amazon.com in lots of new and original colors and prints at great prices in sizes 5 - 11.  Best ever...  :) 


Friday, April 22, 2011

DON'T FORGET YOUR TIE-DYE TEE SHIRT!


It's totally retro and fun to make your own tie-dyed t-shirt!  - 
 
Tie-dyeing is accomplished by folding material of a garment into a pattern (such as concentric circles), and binding it with string or rubber bands. Dye is then applied to only parts of the material. The ties prevent the entire material from being dyed.

Designs are formed by applying different colors of dyes to different sections of the wet fabric. A wet t-shirt is much easier to use rather than just dyeing on a dry t-shirt. Once complete, the material is rinsed, and the dye is set.

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