When you next go shopping, don’t forget to pick up…

Greetings vintage mates!

Whether you are a high street shopper, a mega-store moocher, a mail-order junkie, a catalogue queen or a flea-market freak… make sure you pick up these items* the next time you go shopping!

*time-travel to the 1960s may be required for certain items subject to availability.

Shopping list: Ajax cleaner, Pax washing powder, Palmolive washing-up liquid, Mir washing powder, Orlane and Juvena cosmetics, Banga orange juice, Gayelord Hauser Vitamin Pills.


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The most random set of postcards you’ll see all week…

Random. We love random here at TVTA, and some of these postcards I’ve had since the late 80s, while others are recent additions. Featuring films, tourist destinations, public events, rude anagrams, Kate Bush and, yay, Cartman – “You will respect my authority!!” There’s a little something for everyone here…

Where possible I’ve included the publishers of the postcards, relevant dates, photographers and artists.

Enjoy the scans!


Late 19th century lithographs 


Tourism

South Wales and Normandy

South Wales. Precision Ltd. Colourmaster International. Date unknown.

Normandie. Artaud Pére et Fils. Gabycolor. Date unknown.

Lourdes, Costa Brava, Bordeaux, Eiffel Tower and Blackpool.


You shall not pass!

Some Birmingham facts and trivia alert!

The postcard below depicts Sare Hole Mill in Moseley, Birmingham, UK. Titled: ‘View from the pool’, the image was taken in 1921.

This location in Moseley is one of ‘The Shire’ inspirations Tolkien drew from when he lived in Birmingham and later wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the noughties I used to live just up the road from this mill and was lucky to take a tour inside when it was operational. When taking my frequent walks through the surrounding natural park, bogs and woods, it really felt like I’d been transported to Middle England and ‘The Shire’. It’s easy to see how Tolkien fell in love with this place and became inspired.

Sare Hole Mill, Moseley, Birmingham, UK. View from the pool. 1921.

Just for fun #1: Opposite the mill was a café called ‘The Hungry Hobbit’. Just for fun #2: It never escaped the attention of residents of Birmingham that the name ‘Sare Hole’ is an anagram of a certain body part. Just for fun #3: A couple of districts away lies a road called ‘Dog Pool Lane’, where visitors often had fun whitening-out the letter ‘L’ of ‘Pool’. A couple of other districts away is ‘Cockshut Hill’ – I won’t say how a certain letter was changed on that signpost. Safe to say though that upwards of Birmingham, in North Warwickshire where I lived for a spell, was a place called ‘Harts Hill’, where some cheeky little beggar changed the first letter ‘H’ to an ‘F’. Farts Hill. Don’t you just love British toilet humour?

But seriously, Birmingham… below is a postcard I picked up from the Weoley Castle Museum (where I lived nearby for two spells), depicting an archer on a decorated floor tile circa 1350.

Decorated Floor Tile circa 1350. Discovered during excavations of Weoley Castle. Birmingham. UK. Silk and Terry Ltd. Birmingham.


London

Tower of London. Published by The Ministry of Works. Date unknown.


Film, Music and Art


And lastly… South Park –

“You will respect my authority!!”

South Park. The London Postcard Company. 1999.


Thanks for looking 😀 We’ll let you know as soon we get our hands on another bunch of random postcards!

Walking in a 60s Wonderland

A TVTA Christmas Selection Box Special!

Greetings, vintage mates! Here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful and creative New Year ahead!

Staying with our recent 1960s fashion and style vibe, TVTA is pleased to present seasonal images from the French pages of Elle (1968), Jours De France (1969) and Marie Claire (1965) featuring Christmas gift ideas, homemade decorations, festive food and winter fashion.

Enjoy the images. See you in 2022!

Ford

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If you had to choose a favourite decade for fashion and style, which would you choose?

Gwendacril. Marie France118. 1965.

Bas Cornuel Paris. Marie France 118. 1965.

Marie France 118. 1965.


From très élégant to trop cool! 1965-1968 Fashion and Style!

To answer my own question, I’ll say first that I’m a fan of the 1920s look, I love too the rebel flair of the 1950s, the glam and glitz of the 1970s, and the new wave punk attitude of the 1980s… but it’s decade numéro 1960s which takes my vote as favourite.

We could agree that fashion is often influenced by that which has preceded it; and in the images I’ve scanned below it’s interesting to see how some of the styles have a definite 1920s look, and there is also that natural crossover or bleed from the 1950s influence. But we could also agree that the sixties saw a genuine birth of new ideas which not only exploded onto the scene but perhaps defined in the first place exactly what a scene should look like. The style back then – whether it was the clothes you wore or the way you cut your hair, or the jewellery you wore, seemed to marry effortlessly into the music and films and the characters which inhabited the sixties landscape. Cool? Swinging? Fab? I think so.

Join me, as TVTA points a nostalgic lens on just some of the fashions, style and brands which appeared in this decade, via the pages of French publications Marie France (from 1965), and Elle (from 1968).

Elle N°1201. 1968.

Marie France 118. 1965.

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