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'.