Category:
1970s

Blue Gill Capital of the World

Was this really the best scene of the "vacation paradise" of Birchwood, Wisconsin that the maker of this 1970s-era postcard could come up with? And where are the blue gills?.

Here's (what I think is) the present-day view on Google Maps.





Source: eBay

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Tourists and Tourism, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #403



"We really move our tail for you." Not acceptable today as a slogan?

However, the "Coach Pub" is always in style.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 31, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Advertising, Air Travel and Airlines, 1970s

Three men with a pole on their head

February 1976: a performance art group calling itself Ddart walked around the Norfolk countryside for a week carrying on their heads a ten foot pole supported by hats resembling ice cream cones. They called this performance 'Circular Walk.' The UK Arts Council paid them £395 for this.

The trio never really explained what the intended meaning of this was, except for the following brief statement later provided by Ray Richards, a member of the group:

The pole was worn for many reasons, one of which was to attract attention... we walked around a huge, 150-mile circumference circle as precisely as possible using existing roads, tracks and pathways - thus creating a gigantic but transient piece of sculpture. The pole was worn at all times whilst walking and each evening we did a short performance about the circular walk in a pub en route.

More controversial was why the Arts Council had paid for it. John Walker, author of Art & Outrage, provides some details:

Adrian Henri, the Liverpool poet, painter and author of Environments and Happenings (19 74), was a member of the Arts Council panel which awarded the grant. He thought it was a small price to pay for three men working twenty-four hours a day to provide a week's entertainment. Henri was one of the few who praised the 'real movement sculpture' on the grounds that it was 'pure and beautiful'. David Archer, publican of the Ferry Inn, Reedham, disagreed: he described Ddart's ten minute act as 'an up and down thing without music' which left him and his 15 customers cold.

Image source: Art & Outrage

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 29, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, 1970s

Mary Connors - The Human Cannonball

Mary Connors is best known for what she failed to achieve. She repeatedly tried to cross the River Avon by being fired across it in a cannon, and she kept ending up in the river.

She first tried in 1974, and failed three times in a row. When she then tried to cross the river using a rope and pulley, the pulley jammed, sending her once again into the water.

She tried again in 1976. Once again, she ended up swimming. I think, overall, she made five failed attempts, and never succeeded.

Another highlight of her career was that in 1975 she performed the human cannonball act topless, and she did get that right.

You can watch a video of her first failed attempt at crossing the Avon over at the MACE archive (media archive for central England), but the clip isn't embeddable, so you'll need to actually go to the site to view it.

Mary Connors - 1974



The 1974 attempt



San Rafael Daily Independent Journal - Aug 28, 1974



Asbury Park Press - June 6, 1975



The Bryan Eagle - Jan 25, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 28, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, 1970s

What does Mrs. Claus do when she gets lonely?

Don't the elves keep her company?

Esquire - Jan 1971

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Advertising, 1970s, Christmas

Bodies as fertilizer

Sounds logical to me. Though I notice that Dr. Henderson Smith came out with his idea in late 1973, a few months after Soylent Green had been in theaters. Was that the source of his idea?

Honolulu Advertiser - Aug 10, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 20, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, 1970s

Commercials from 1979



The concerns of forty years ago seem idyllic by comparison to the present.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 15, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising, 1970s, Nostalgia

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