seventies

rocking vans

Once upon a time — or more accurately, back in the 1970s — the van reigned supreme.  Riding in right on the heels of the fading muscle car era, the custom van became the ultimate self-expression vehicle– tricked-out and personalized to show all the world just how your bad self rolled. [...]

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from The Selvedge Yard

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bop & jive

beer!

the best thing about looking at old photos of your parents is realising that most everyone is the same when they’re young (beer! braai! party hats! dancing! fun!). [check out that speedo in the background]

braai

dad in the shade

stripes & aviators, looking cool.

hells yeah

short skirt

mom groovin'

re: the title, my dad STILL says “bop & jive”

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albert bierstadt

hey dorks, it’s art history time. if you’re not familiar with the classic frontier paintings by albert bierstadt – you will be now. you owe it to yourself to stare at these bad boys. that light! that detail! oh wow, i could just imagine a million reproductions hanging in thrift stores & seventies living rooms the world over and not getting a second glance (shame).

Albert Bierstadt (18301902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.

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his work was criticized by contemporaries for being too large, with excessive light (actually known as “luminism”), dramatic colours & an exagerrated shift from foreground to background.

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my doctor had an entire wall in her consulting room wallpapered with a picture of the yosemite valley, i found it strangely calming.

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the virgin suicides

Air popped up on my playlist this morning, which of course made me think of The Virgin Suicides. one of those movies that i love, but hardly ever watch. i think most girls my age can relate when i say this film had an impact on my teenage days (i was 16 when it came out). we were the same age as the lisbon chicks (but, hopefully, not as sheltered/melancholic/suicidal) and we all kind of had a thing for josh hartnett.

these are scans from the may 2000 issue of the face

the irresistible combination of the visuals and music of this film must have inspired thousands of girls to create flickr photo sets that are dreamy + ethereal and heavily photoshopped to look pastel + lovely. sophia coppola is their queen, as you can also pick up in the recent ad she did for miss dior cherie:

it’s all very pretty though, isn’t it?

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girl with a pearl earring

vermeer embroidery

dudes, i just bought this hand embroidered girl with a pearl earring for R50! (it’s on the left, in case you couldn’t differentiate the two – amazing, huh?) on the back it says “29th october 1975″. i can just imagine some old lady painstakingly churning out copies of the masters with her embroider-by-number sheets. sorry about the poor picture quality, i quickly snapped this with my phone – you should see the detail! oh my goodness, i think it’s the best thing i’ve ever bought.

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fun in the garage

my friend amy and i decided to do a photoshoot. she had all these vintage clothes and i had my mom’s fancy digital nikon (which i didn’t know how to use). we also had a garage, a white sheet (backdrop), a standing lamp (professional lighting), curlers (that we also didn’t know how to use), crappy makeup and our wits.

most of these came out pretty well actually. they have a kind of seventies glamour, farrah fawcett, amateur soft porn in the garage element to them, which was our EXACT aim. i’m glad we did it because that entire wardrobe was consequently stolen when amz moved to joburg for work.

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x-rated

adult movie posters of the 60s & 70s – more here (some of the better ones are nsfw)

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