Photographs of rural American life during the 1940s

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Life in the 1940s is captured in these telling photographs by a number of photographers, including Russell Lee, Jack Delano, Fenoo Jacobs, Arthur Rothstein, and John Vachon. The photos tell the stories of ordinary Americans while living in rural areas during the 1940s. ‘It was during that time that democracy and capitalism was embraced whilst […]

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How to make friends by telephone: a 1940s step by step guide

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 24 August 2013

‘How often you meet folks whose voices delight you!’ chimes the opening line of 1940s instructional illustrated booklet How To Make Friends by Telephone. We love how painfully obvious the advice is, right down to tips like ‘Be sure of the number. If you’re not sure of the number, it’s best to look it up or you may get a wrong number, which irritates you and the person you call by mistake.’ It’s an entertaining read all right.

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Spike Jones and his City Slickers: Cocktails For Two

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By Horatio Baltz in Video on Friday 18 November 2011

At the height of his career in the 1940s, Spike Jones began to feel trapped by his acclaimed satirical arrangements of popular songs. In 1946, he formed another group, consisting of the same members, called Spike Jones and his Other Orchestra and played only ‘pretty’ music.

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The Apple Sisters perform at Largo in LA

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Tuesday 19 July 2011

‘It’s Sarah Silverman meets the Shaggs’, writes the LA Times. Past performers on Comedy Central, The Apple Sisters have won a mess of awards for best musical comedy act.

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Photos of early computers: 1940s-1960s

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Trends on Tuesday 17 May 2011

Shucks, computers sure have have come a long way over the past 60 years or so, as this awesome collection of photos of early models — including Whirlwind, Colossus and Pegasus — confirms.

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New Zealand’s Rochdale Cider

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 14 July 2010

Since the 1940s, Rochdale Cider has been pumping out locally produced and brewed apple cider for enthusiastic Kiwis. When the New Zealand company thought it was about time for an updated look, they turned to creative agency Supply for a fun, ‘retro cheek’ makeover.

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The Shangri-Las are Out In The Streets

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By DM Stith in New Music on Monday 2 February 2009

The period between 1:22 – 1:43 in The Shangri-Las’ track, Out In The Streets, is a miracle. I’ve never been so obsessed with twenty seconds of high-hat and high school girl shrieks: it’s a raging teenage fantasy that all the composition notebooks in all the lockers of 1965 couldn’t write better. That the singers have […]

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Yeojin Bae’s Autumn-Winter 09 collection

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By Casper Johansson in New Fashion on Wednesday 28 January 2009

Alfred Hitchcock’s icy heroines inspired Yeojin Bae’s Autumn Winter 09 collection. Its 40s noir meets modern day muse with seductive tailoring and asymmetric style. Yeojin Bae’s signature has become ultra-feminine shapes contrasted with coveted tailored separates Unravelled shapes are expertly tailored. Raw edge silk blouses have dipping necklines and are worn boxy and loose. Wool Angora overcoats feature a dramatic bias cut hem and buckled flare sleeve in black or herringbone. Flame red chiffon falls delicately into an asymmetric wrap skirt, as figure hugging stretch leggings bring billowing shapes back into the body.

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