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Walnet Whip

Retro Confectionery – The Aztec Bar, Walnut Whip and Flake

What Confectionery Bar Could tip the mighty  Mars Bar from it’s Perch? Some confectionery brands have come and gone and have left a distinct retro feel.  Other like Mars and Kit-Kat are evergreen winners.  But for a brief period in the late 60s, the Mars Bar had contender.  It was called the Aztec Bar.  I used to like confectionery.  I definitely had a sweet tooth. Maybe because it was such ... »

Babycham bottle for retro champagne glasses

Retro Champagne Glasses – Coupes and Saucers

Retro Champagne Glasses- Coupes and Saucers If you watch any decent Hollywood film depicting the glamorous lifestyle of the 1940s, 50s, 60s or 70s you will without doubt enjoy a scene where the leading actors and actresses are drinking from retro champagne glasses. You know the ones. Those with a bowl or coupe shape rather than a flute or vase.  I understand why most modern-day champagne drinkers ... »

Phone Card Jim Clark

Retro Give Aways – Apollo Mission and Racing Cars

Apollo Mission Construction Kits During the height of Apollo Moon Shot in the late 1960s, lots of brands and organisations tried to cash in on the excitement by issuing freebie memorabilia such as mugs, coins and stamps. Many of these now rare items have since become retro favorites for collectors. Shell Petrol Stations did a particularly nice range of silver coins, but the item that caught my att... »

Lana Del Rey pulls off beautifully the retro chic look

You’re So Retro Chic – And You Know It

(Featured image above: Lana Del Rey – Copyright Grazia Magazine) Is Everything Retro Chic This Year? I was in the Dentist’s waiting room the other day and was flicking through the available magazines.  As is typical, the selection was biased toward mid to high end women’s magazines as left behind by the Receptionist.   But the Dentist had thoughtfully left a copy of his Stuff Magazine –... »

Retro Design Chair made from steel tube and rover chair

Retro Design Rover Car Chairs

I first came across Ron Arad retro design Rover car chairs in the reception area of a design agency called Wolff Olins. The year was 1988 and it was in fact, one of the altogether more rare, two seater sofa models. As you would expect in a world class design agency, the whole ambiance was refined. High warehouse style ceilings complemented by an aesthetically pleasing curved glass front desk, chro... »

Pacman Ghost image frpm retro game Pacman

Retro Gaming Event – Wolverhampton Racecourse

Retro Gaming Revival. Retrotempo:: Magazine covers a host of retro items and activities and where would we be without a nostalgic look back to the very early days of gaming? Whether that was playing Space Invaders or Asteroids on Atari arcade machine, or struggling to load games from a tape cassette on to a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, this event will let you revisit your youth in company with other retr... »

When Retro becomes Retro?

When Retro becomes Retro?

In 1983, Tracey Ullman released an album called “You broke my heart in 17 places”. It featured many songs from the 60s and 70s re-worked with a contemporary 80s feel. The album cover itself was a design throw back to the 60s. Songs such as “Bobby’s Girl” and “Move Over Darling” by  Doris Day were obvious retro material. But covers of Kirsty MacColl tracks, such as the title track and the bes... »

Original Oxford Bags

Retro Style 1970s Oxford Bags

Retro Style – 1970s Do you recall the first item of clothing you bought for yourself just because it was fashionable rather than practical?  In my case, it was a pair of tartan “Oxford Bags”.  Of course, I’d worn items previously, that would have been  be regarded fashionable that would  now have a certain Retro Style.  But these had been bought by a parent.  For example, I’d worn a short ta... »

Retro Colours and Colour Combinations

Retro Colours and Colour Combinations

Truism of the day: “Fashions change”.   That is the whole point of fashion.  But there are certain colours or colour combinations that say retro 70s or retro 80s to me.  The same can be said for certain retro colours and  combinations from the 50s, 60s and 90s.  In reality, I accept that almost every other colour combination was used somewhere in retro design, so this is perhaps not an attempt to ... »

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... »

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