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Predictive text – it’s no picnic

‘Why are you looking so perplexed?’ Wooof asked me this morning during my third cup of coffee.

‘It’s that predictive text thingy,’ I said.

‘Oh?’

‘Well, it never works. For example, I’ve been researching for a big writing piece I’m working on. I tried to enter into my search engine: “Public Inquiries of the Twentieth Century” … and do you know what it predicted?’

‘What?’

‘”Picnic Injuries of the Twentieth Century”, that’s what!’

‘Ha-ha,’ laughed the cat. ‘I suppose that might involve trapped fingers inside hampers, wasp stings, napkin cuts, champagne corks in the eye.’

‘It’s pretty serious stuff when you look into it. Perhaps we ought to warn our readers?’

‘We should,’ agreed the cat. ‘Summer’s only around the corner. Soon there’ll be chequered blankets and condiments everywhere! How are we to keep the good folk of Vintage-land safe?’

‘By launching our very own public service picnic ad campaign!’ I said.

‘Are you serious?’

‘Sometimes.’

‘Alright,’ said the cat. ‘Let’s do it!’


INTRODUCING 

TVTA’s Summertime Safe Picnic Initiative is proudly sponsored by Badgerworth’s Wasp-catcher Kettles and Foxes & Fangles Mind That Bear Exploding Monkeys.



Ask The Family! 

We asked 1960’s Tammy’s family for their top Dos and Don’ts when it comes to enjoying a safe picnic in style.


The right look, the safe look!

Tammy: “It’s important for me to look my best at all times. But when it comes to picnics… skiing, roller skates and archery are huge no-go areas. Don’t be tempted by the latest fads or what your friends might say. It’s just not worth the risk!”

 

Below: Good show Tammy, that’s the safe way to picnic and you still look stylish!


Don’t be a square, daddy-o!

Ted and Dad are taking big risks by wearing such formal and warm attire to the picnic. 27% of picnic fatalities are caused by heat exposure and the rapid onset of mindless delirium. In severe cases the over-heated picnicker may resort to heinous criminal activity. 

Below: That’s better lads!


Stay cool, but never be underdressed!

Blimey Mom, watch out for your skin! More than 32% of picnic fatalities are caused by deadly insects attracted to human flesh. In addition, serious sunburn injuries can occur within just minutes of exposing bare arms and legs on the picnic blanket. Don’t risk it. Cover up sensibly. Mom looks great for a woman her age, let’s keep her that way!


Keep an eye on children at all times!

More than 47% of picnic fatalities arise from children being taken offsite by wild bears, mountain lions, Komodo dragons and in rare cases sharks.

Be seen!

Tammy’s younger sister Pepper says: “When I was very young I had to stay at home during family picnics. Understandable. The risk was too great. Now I’m older I wear the latest, brightest and fashionable clothing so that my family can easily spot me. Bright colours can also act as a deterrent to killer animals. Don’t forget to accessorise with glitter and jewellery to make you really stand out! Visibility coupled with style is key. How else will your family be able to find you as wild creatures drag you screaming into the woods by your bleeding hair follicles and…  

… alright Pepper that’s enough, we get the idea. Stop freaking us out! 

Picnic on dudes!

So dear reader, this summer, be safe, be seen, be stylish, and most importantly enjoy your picnic adventures!

 


Editor’s note: If you would like to find out more about Tammy’s family then please take a look at our excellent Tammy catalogue pages here

And Wooof, please change the site logo back to how it was!

Chapeau!

TVTA recently acquired some wonderful examples of early twentieth century advertIsing for hats. Dating from 1925 to 1953, the (mostly) black and white adverts feature famous French brands such as Fléchet, Tirard and Mossant. The original art and photographic images broadly cover the Art Déco period and aim to represent the luxury, style, glamour and technological progress of the times. I’ve include some additional ‘non-hat’ ads that were also included in the acquisition.



Mossant. 1949.


 

Fléchet. L’Illustration, 1937. France.


Fléchet. L’Illustration. 1937. France.


Fléchet. L’Illustration. 1934.



Tirard. L’Illustration. 1938.



Ballot automobile. 1925.


Le Sphinx by Gant Neyret. L’Illustration. 1935.


Vieille Cure. L’Illustration. 1935.




Mambo. Date unknown.


Morreton. Date unknown.



Fléchet. 1953.


Afterword. I began preparing this post early this morning. I later heard the news that Stephen Hawking died. I wanted somehow to make a post about him, but as much as I admire his science work and even more so his courage, humour and his kind spirit towards humanity, I couldn’t find apt enough words or images to do justice. So I’d like to dedicate this post to him, and say “hats off” to you, and “chapeau” Mr Hawking.

Battle jackets, Spider-Man jackets, cheese T-shirts and exclamation marks galore!!!

Yes, it’s another stunning TVTA fashion spectacular!!!

US. Creepy Mag. 1980. New Warrior’s Battle Jacket. Now you and your entire family can look incredibly cool and stylish at the baseball game, the disco, your back yard, or even in your own space fantasy!


SUBJECT: Fashion. INTERNATIONAL HOUSES: Italy, France, Denmark, UK, Brazil, US. MODE TIMESPAN: 70s, 80s and 90s. STYLE: Superhero, sports, kids.  EXCLAMATION MARK COUNT: 33. TOTAL TIME MACHINE TRIPS: 8. GIANT CAT BISCUITS AND PIZZA CONSUMED: 4. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please recycle this post at your nearest clothing regeneration outpost.


So, what’s hot for Autumn in the world of fashion?

Marvel jackets! Only $75.00 each!! This was way back in 1989, and according to Dollar Times that’s worth $150.27 in 2017!


US. 1989.


Cheese. It’s the big cheese! It’s the cheese of the decade! It’s what all the smart kids are cheesing on about! Look cheesy in these cheese-tastic Cool Burger cheese T-shirts! Did we mention cheese?

Denmark. 1984.


More T-shirts! This time hold the cheese… we got superheroes!

US. 1978.


But what happens if I want to put stars on my T-shirt? No problem. You can do that. All you need is a dollar and a Whoppers wrapper from 1979!

US. 1979.


Get Confirmed with the Lilly Confirmation dress!

Denmark.


It’s back! The drunken sailor look, fresh for Autumn!

UK.


Put pesky puddles in their place with Viking footwear!

Denmark.


Cycle in style! But be careful of catching those bell bottoms in your chain – ouch! Just look what happened to the kid on the right! No more bell bottoms for you young lad!

Denmark. 1978.


Still feeling sporty? Get yourself off to some tennis with these Iris trainers!

Brazil. 1983.


And still feeling sporty? Skate your way into the hearts and minds of the fashion world with these waspish yellow and black cool rollers from Italy!

Italy. 1984.


Two French ads by Hom. Yeah! 90s. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

France. Hom. 90s.

France. Hom. 90s.


Get kitted out vintage style! I went to some of these fairs when I lived in the UK. Always a good selection of clothing and jewellery! 

UK. Custard Factory, Birmingham. 2000s.


And finally, for the kids, or the young at heart, or just really small people, why not try out some fantastic superhero costumes!

Denmark. 1989.

As always, thanks for looking!

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This post was brought to you by TVTA Fashion Under Statement Enterprises and is sponsored by Miow-Pow! cat biscuits and Pizza Au Feu De Bois, Vite, Vite, Vite! No exclamation marks were harmed in the making of this vintage post, only a few questions marks. Edited September 2018 for spleling mestakes and ponctuation errors.

 

A 1926 Sunday Pictorial

Flappers, Film, Fashion and Food. Images from The Sunday Pictorial, January 31, 1926.


Mrs Mary K. Chapman’s Mysterious Hair Colour Restorer


A few etceteras for women and young girls.


Craven A. “The only cigarette made specially to prevent sore throats.”


A touch of hectic. What modern audiences want


“Stella Dallas” and “The Teaser”


Lady Windermere’s Fan


Quaker Oats


Pompeian Beauty Powder


Olva


Bovril


Yorkshire Blanket Co.


H.P. Sauce.


Hovis Bread


Look for the Cat’s Head

(specially chosen by Wooof)


Camp Coffee


Going Underground

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Thank you for travelling with TVTA.

1980s sci-fi and streetwear ads

A TVTA Fashion Exclusive !!!

Today’s selection of ads feature a virtual boutique of 1980s sci-fi apparel and streetwear. T-shirts, hats, hoodies, shoes… they’re all here, as advertised in a world where eBay and online shopping didn’t exist and Amazon was just a rainforest and a river.


Anti-Martian Mocassins

Kick the living crap out of space invaders and Martian types with these stylish mocassins from the Buggy company!


Kick the living crap out of space invaders and aliens with these stylish moccasins from Buggy! France. Pif Gadget N° 652. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget N° 652. 1981.


The Doctor Who Merchandise Collection

I heart Tom? I double heart Doctor Who? Look incredibly cool in these T-shirts and hooded tops!


And more Doctor Who merchandise. How can you not fail to look cool in these tee shirts? USA. Starlog N° 93. April 1985.

US. Starlog N° 93. April 1985.


Get your thinking cap on!

Sci-fi logos galore (mostly Star Wars) on these cool caps and hats from the Thinking Cap Company.


Get your thinking cap on! Sci-fi logos galore (mostly Star Wars) on these great caps and hats from the Thinking cap Company. USA. Starlog N° 65. December 1982.

US. Starlog N° 65. December 1982.


Gang wear

Wanna be in the gang and hang with the cool kids like Tina, Fanny, Jonathan, Philip der Professor and Herr Müller?

Then get yourself some Elefanten shoes!


Elefanten shoes. Germany. YPS N° 312. 1981.

Germany. YPS N° 312. 1981.


Other gang wear

Don’t like the Elefanten kids much?

Okay, how about the Punky Funky Rocky kids and their Adidas style?


 

Don't want to join the Elefanten kids much? Okay, how about the Punly Funky Rocky kids and their Adidas style? France. Pif Gadget N° 738. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 738. 1983.


The Levi’s Youthwear summer clothes competition

Design an outfit… win an outfit!

Simply design a superhero on this advert and send it off (don’t forget to be in 1984).


How about Levi's summer clothes? Simply design a superhero on this advert and send it off. UK advert, 1984.

UK, 1984.

TVTA’s effort ….

… and here is TVTA’s entry!

Yes! We’re going to be sending one of our office juniors away in TVTA’s time machine (a reconditioned Teasmaid and pinball machine), back to 1984 to post our (hopefully – fingers crossed) winning entry!!!

... and here is TVTA's entry! Yes! We're going to be sending our office junior away in TVTA's time machine (a reconditioned Teasmaid and pinball machine), back to 1984 to post our (hopefully - fingers crossed) winning entry!!!

Fearless Firestorm. Disclaimer: no vintage ads were harmed in this production.


And finally … great big flipping shiny space shuttle mission jackets!

Oh boy! How about an official, authorized Space Shuttle Mission Jacket from 1982? They made Burt Reynolds look macho, there are probably free pieces of moon rock inside the pockets, lapels that double as extending flight wings, President of the USA presented, glows in the dark and cooks eggs !! What more can you ask from a space jacket? 


And finally, how about a Space Shuttle Mission Jacket from 1982? USA. Starlog N° 56. 1982.

US. Starlog N° 56.