So much style! Pénéla N°12, 1968.

Cover. Pénéla No 12. April, 1968.

Pénéla was a monthly women’s lifestyle magazine published in France throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The magazine was presented in a library format and was dedicated to fashion, style, beauty, home and garden decor, cooking and the arts. Alongside the many wonderful photos found inside a typical issue, Pénéla featured artist illustrations to accompany famous poems, quotes and short stories.

TVTA is pleased to present issue N°12 from April 1968, as part of its series featuring selected scans from various Pénéla issues.

Victor Hugo. Pénéla No 12, April 1968.

Pénéla No 12, April 1968. Illustration by Christiane Neuville.

Pénéla No 12. April 1968. Illustration by Jacques Taillefer.

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So much style! Pénéla N°13, 1968.

Cover. Pénéla No 13. May 1968.

Pénéla was a monthly women’s lifestyle magazine published in France throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The magazine was presented in a library format and was dedicated to fashion, style, beauty, home and garden decor, cooking and the arts. Alongside the many wonderful photos found inside a typical issue, Pénéla featured artist illustrations to accompany famous poems, quotes and short stories.

TVTA is pleased to present issue N°13 from May 1968, as part of an upcoming series featuring selected scans from various Pénéla issues.

Ronsard. Illustration by B. Chartres.

Illustration by Coline.

Illustration by Christiane Cardinale.

Advert: Calor hair irons.

Advert: Sartel sewing accessories. Pénéla No 13.

Advert: Boom-Mince slimming clothes. Pénéla No 13 May.

Photo: Jean Daniel Lorieux/Aarons.


Look out for more scans from Pénéla magazine coming to TVTA soon!

Thriller Classics 1000 piece jigsaw!

I couldn’t resist buying this jigsaw puzzle collage of classic thrillers posters. The images and graphics were a ‘thrill’ to complete, as well as to personally tick-off the films I’d actually seen… plus any of their remakes!

The hardest part was the central King Kong image. The easiest part was making the film titles. The puzzle is made by Clementoni of Italy, and comprises sturdy pieces with quality printing. Chapeau to the artist who created the collage! I love the inclusion of the Clark bar and Milky Way chocolates, the 3D glasses, and King Kong with his popcorn!

How many of these thriller classics have you seen? And how about their later remakes, or film and TV inspired by them?

Thanks for looking 😎

The mysterious case of the pink case, and a 40th Maiden!

Greetings vintage mates!

What’s in the case??

It’s a rather elegant case…

Compact, a dreamy pink colour…

Somewhat vintage…

But what does it contain?

Let’s open it up to find out…

Holy dinky retro-cool record players in pink cases! It’s a Muse Vintage Collection vinyl record player, a Father’s Day gift from your humble TVTA editor to himself! Thanks me, you rock!

This compact yet sturdy machine is ideal to test out the second-hand vinyl goodies I sometimes find at flea markets. At home I have a sweet hi-fi seperates system that’s packed away due to no space in my teeny-tiny Hobbit apartment, and is a mission to set up. The Muse compact is a blessing for an instant blast.

First 45rpm I tested…

But then…

Along came this…

Yet another Father’s Day treat from myself to myself! Thanks again, me, you really do rock this year!

A 40th Maiden?

The Number of the Beast is 40 in 2022. Was it really that long ago an eleven year-old me was tear-arsing it to the local record shop to buy this amazing album upon its release? And how about my cut-off denim jacket which proudly displayed a full sew-on back patch of the famous Derek Riggs album art? I remember a kindly retired neighbour offered to sew that patch for me. Seeing this record again sure brings back some memories!

Thanks for looking. Happy Father’s Day to daddies everywhere 😎

Fashion, movie and style images from Jours de France magazine issue #750 1969

Jours De France 750 1969. Brigitte Bardot et Maurice Ronet.

Jours de France was a popular French weekly women’s print magazine published between 1954 and 1989. The magazine featured articles and photographs on fashion, cinema, writers, artists and musicians, as well as cartoons and puzzles. TVTA was lucky to get hold of issue #750 from 1969 with actress Gina Lollobrigida on the cover. The issue is jam-packed with superb images of late 1960s French culture, as well as an abundance of print adverts from popular brands which were the main source of revenue for magazines like Jours de France.

At more than 260 pages long, there is bound to be a ‘part two’ to this post. I was unable to scan the images due to the sheer size and weight of the magazine being too much for the TVTA A4 office scanner, so all images from this issue are presented as photographs.

Enjoy 🙂

– Ford.

Jours De France 750 1969. Cover. Gina Lollobrigida.

Jours De France 750 1969. Robert Hossein et Marisa Mell.


French fashion and style

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