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1970's

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter

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Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.

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Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 16, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia

Chris Burden, RIP



No, famous conceptual artist Chris Burden did not die by gunshot wound.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 12, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Guns, 1960's, 1970's

Hippies Dig Coloring Books

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I wish cartoonist Gill Fox were still alive, so I could ask him what constituted an "Establishment coloring book."

Source.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Children, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's

Star Wars and Taylor Wines

This 1978 marketing video starts off as a homage to Star Wars and then bizarrely segues into wine sales. Around 5 minutes in, the C-3PO character starts disco dancing.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 08, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Video, 1970's

Sexy Stock Certificate

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When Playboy sold its first stock in 1971, they felt their certificate should reflect their main enterprise. Hence the appearance of Playmate Willy Rey, who alas met a sad end just a couple of years later.

You can own one for a mere $400.00.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 06, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Business, Sex Symbols, 1970's

The Rotoped

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Early "walking machine." Article and actual fotos here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 29, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1970's

The Living Theatre, Deceased





With the death this month of Judith Malina, the world will be forever deprived of "happenings" like the one in the first clip, where, I regret, Ms. Malina does not appear until the final few seconds.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 18, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Drugs, Avant Garde, Outsider Art, Performance Art, Pop Art, Obituaries, 1970's

The Gospel Singing Jubilee



Those suits! Those hair-dos! Those pop arrangements of venerable tunes! It's Lawrence Welk for Bible-thumpers.

Some background.

Three more segments below the jump, and even more on YouTube..

More >>
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Kitsch and Collectibles, Music, Religion, Television, 1960's, 1970's

Follies of the Madmen #246

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From Playboy for June 1973.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 13, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970's, Women, Cars
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