Archives January 2013 - retrotempo

Retro Design – The Squircle

Retro Design – The Squircle

The rounded square or rectangle has featured frequently in retro design.  An infamous example is the passenger windows in the 1950s Comet airliner.  Infamous, because of catastrophic failure due to stress related metal fatigue emanating at the rounded corner.  But squircles became particularly fashionable in the 70s through to the early 80s.  You could see them in wall paper and curtain designs, c... »

Paul Hogan Fosters Advert from 1980s

Paul Hogan Fosters Advert from 1980s

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Red Fruit Juice Glass 1972

Red Fruit Juice Glass 1972

This red Fruit Juice glass dates from around 1972. Not classic 70s style, but still it has a retro design style of it’s own. The main problem is that orange juice or squash looked strangely unappetising through the red glass. Originally, a set of 6 glasses from Woolworths. By Paul Bates (thepaulbates) »

60s Sherry Glass

60s Sherry Glass

This 60s Sherry Glass was one of a set of six, each with a different base and stem bead colour highlight. The set was kept in a sturdy box “under the stairs” and only used on special occasions. More often used for Ruby Port or Egg Nog than Sherry, Christmas was not the same without their re-appearance. The highlight colours included: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Orange and Purple. The sim... »

Album of the Decade 1980s:  Diamond Life – Sade

Album of the Decade 1980s: Diamond Life – Sade

Album of Decade 1980s – Diamond Life What are the qualification criteria for “Album of the Decade”?   It’s whatever you decide, of course.  But, in my book, it has to be an Album in which ALL the tracks are good- or great.  It has to stay in the charts for weeks, or better years.  It has to have terrific lyrics, a fantastic melody and great production. It had to be played relentlessly back t... »

Retro Christmas Table Decoration

Retro Christmas Table Decoration

I guess that Christmas will never go out of fashion. This retro Christmas table decoration dates from around 1980.  Click to see the video: Retro Christmas Table Decoration By Paul Bates (thepaulbates) »

Decimalisation Day February 1971

Decimalisation Day February 1971

This decimal converter mug dates from 1971 and would originally have contained a chocolate Easter egg. Decimalisation Day or D – Day was actually February 15th 1971, although it took several months to convert everything- especially slot machines. For a period it was possible to tender either the original currency (£.s.d) or “New Pence” (p).  My school year was one of the last to ... »

Kit Williams’ Masquerade

Kit Williams’ Masquerade

In 1979 a very talented artist called Kit Williams produced a beautifully illustrated “children’s book” called “Masquerade”.  Masquerade was designed with cryptic picture clues to the whereabouts of a valuable buried treasure in the form of Golden Bejewelled Hare.  The book was a huge sales and media success and triggered a massive international hunt for the treasure.   It set the scene for a grow... »

Euro 96 Song. Try and tell me, “This is not a love song”

Euro 96 Song. Try and tell me, “This is not a love song”

They say the mark of a good song is that it will still be played in 100 years time… In the summer of 1996, during the height of Brit Pop, a song caught the imagination of the public and hit Number 1.  It was unusual in so many ways.  First, it was written and fronted by two comedians rather than an established band.  Second, it was a good song about football. Third, it was a song about footb... »

1972 Design black and orange glasses

1970s Black and Orange Glass

My first paid job was in 1972.  I had just started secondary school, aged 11 and this was the first half term.  It was a beautiful sunny October morning when someone, probably my sister Jill, suggested I should go “spud bashing” to make some money.  That is potato picking to the uninitiated. I pulled on my trusty wellies with a green parker and a red Massey Ferguson tractor with trailer full of la... »

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