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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 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... »

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) »

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... »

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... »

More Choppers

More Choppers

Chopper Bikes.  Just a few from a huge squadron that arrived unexpectedly at the Blackfordby pub, The Black Lion, (Derbys.) just after Christmas 2012. It was most probably a charity ride. One day I will find out the history – why they ride Choppers, and let you know. By Paul Bates (thepaulbates) »

Choppers!

Choppers!

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