“Compliments of Chicago”: Gang Business Cards from the 1970s and 1980s

In the 1970s and 1980s, gangs in Chicago advertised their presence and membership on business cards. This was criminality with a dash of style and wit. Meet the Almighty Playboys, the Royal Capris, The Almighty Hells Devils and the Almighty Playboys. Or rather, you’ve been met by them, their signature calling card tucked into their victim’s pocket. Continue reading »

The ’80s Hairdos: One of the Sexiest Hairstyles of All Time

Hairstyles in the 1980s included the mullet, tall mohawk hairstyles, jheri curls, flattops, and hi-top fades, which became popular styles. Continue reading »

Stunning Black and White Photos of Chicago in 1988

“A look at a man plunged into a rugged city in the diversity of his urbanism” is how the sociologist and historian Henri Peretz describes Chicago. Continue reading »

“Rite of Passage”: Striking Vintage Photos of Florida Spring Break in the ‘80s

The traditional Spring Break is an entirely American tradition, a purge of pure hedonism before returning to student life. A tradition which has alcohol, music, sex and vigor at its core. Continue reading »

“Bikes, Broads, Beer, and Boogie”: The Great Collection of Biker Magazines from the 1980s

Easyriders magazine was the motorcycle magazines of the 1970s (with Iron Horse a distant second). Far from being just motorcycle enthusiast rag, it delivered the “biker lifestyle” on its pages. Continue reading »

“The Last Summer in St. Tropez”: International Exotic Glamourwear Catalogue, 1980

The International Exotic Glamourwear Catalogue clearly was the clothing outlet of choice for 1980s prostitutes. But that’s not to say these sleazy styles aren’t worthy of ogling – indeed, there’s something about the tacky splendor of 80s “exotic glamourwear” that guys love. Continue reading »

“Broken Promises”: 80s Anime Aesthetic in Artworks by Ana Aleksov

Anime emerged when Japanese filmmakers discovered and began to use American, German, French and Russian animation strategies within the first 1900s. Continue reading »

The Subversive, Queer and Iconic Covers to Films & Filming Magazine 1970-81

Films and Filming was published in the UK between October 1953 to March 1990. It was a special interest magazine for film-lovers who thought “Picturegoer unsatisfying and Sight and Sound unintelligible.” Continue reading »

Budapest in the 1980s Through Fascinating Photos

From the 1960s to the late 1980s Hungary was often satirically referred to as “the happiest barrack” within the Eastern bloc, and much of the wartime damage to the city was finally repaired. Continue reading »

Cool Photos Show What Bedrooms of Teenagers Looked Like in the 1980s

Desire, adoration, safety, identity and escape are all there on the teenager’s bedroom walls. In the 1980s, these teenagers were photographed in their bedrooms – the place where they go to dream.

So what did bedrooms of teenagers look like in the 1980s? Just check out these cool photos to see. Continue reading »

Little Girl and Her Best Friend Elephant, ca. 1980s

Lovely photographs captured the relationship between a circus elephant and the trainer’s daughter. The photos were taken by John Drysdale in England from the 1980s. “I don’t know the name of the girl or the elephant but they were close friends!” Continue reading »

La-La Land: The Playful Side of Los Angeles in The 1970s and ’80s

Parade staging area, Los Angeles, 1980

American photographer Gary Krueger believes he lived through a ‘golden age’ in 1970s and 80s Los Angeles. A new exhibition pulls together his playful street photography. Continue reading »

“Jane Asher’s Fancy Dress”: Over 100 Costumes for Children and Adults and How to Make Them, 1983

A wonderful source for costume making, for both children and adults. Imaginative, witty and creative. This is a great source book for ideas, themes, and very flexible in the use of materials. Continue reading »

Candid Photographs of Superheroes Posing With Their Young Fans at Malls in the 1970s and 1980s

Maybe it’s the bulging tights that elevate these from campy to creepy. Maybe it’s their eyes. Maybe it’s the unshakeable feeling that these children never forgot the day these pictures will taken. The photographs were shared by folks across the Plaid Stallions website sharing their childhood mall appearances from the 1970s and 1980s. Continue reading »

“System Errors”: The Superb Glitch and Cyberwave Art Works of Klarens Malluta

Klarens Malluta is an Albanian artist creating high impact work around digital culture. The artist creates one visceral piece of art everyday for Instagram as a way to attach some sort of meaning to 21st century life. Continue reading »

The Lost Art of Cassette Design: 1980s

Steve Vistaunet’s photgraphs of cassette spine designs take us back to pressing ‘play’ and ‘record’ on to make compilation mixes. Continue reading »

“View from the Top”: A Historical Look at The Beautiful Stewardesses of The 1960s-1980s

Pacific Southwest Airlines employee in mini-skirts and go-go boots.

The flight attendant occupation took permanent shape in the 1930s as “women’s work,” that is, work not only predominately performed by women but also defined as embodying white, middle-class ideals of femininity. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Carla Bruni as a Fashion Model in the 1980s and ’90s

Born 1967 in Turin, Italy and moved to France at the age of seven, Carla Bruni was a model from 1987 to 1997 before taking up a career in music. She wrote several songs for Julien Clerc that were featured on his 2000 album, Si j’étais elle. Continue reading »

The 1986 Oldsmobile Incas Had The Wildest Dashboard You’ve Never Seen

Plenty of automakers today release autonomous car concepts that look like an ultra-modern living room inside. The steering wheel isn’t there, or it folds away, there’s big touchscreens everywhere—you get the gist. But 34 years ago, at the height of wonderfully strange ’80s design exercises, Italdesign really went for it in the Oldsmobile “Incas” concept with this Knight Rider-looking getup. It’s definitely not your grandfather’s Oldsmobile. Neither will it be your grandson’s, sadly. Continue reading »

Rare Photographs of a Very Young Diego Maradona From the Late 1970s and Early 1980s

Arguably the world’s greatest ever footballer, Diego Armando Maradona has died aged 60 on November 25, 2020. The Argentinian, who had brain surgery this month, died of a heart attack, his lawyer said. The country declared three days of national mourning. Continue reading »

Black and White Photos Show the ’80s Street Fashion Styles of Young People

When thinking of 80’s fashion, the words ‘big and bright’ surely sums it up. It was a decade of big hair, padded shoulders, and eye-straining fabric colors and patterns. Fashion in the 1980s was about materialistic values and flaunting wealth. Having the right clothes meant spending extra money to buy designer labels and sports goods with a brand logo. Continue reading »

“Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark”: Stunning Photos of Cassandra Peterson in the 1980s

Born 1951 in Manhattan, Kansas, American actress, writer and singer Cassandra Peterson had a small role as a showgirl in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and played a topless dancer in the film The Working Girls (1974). Continue reading »

Cool Pics That Show Fashion Styles of the ’80s Young Women

Fashion of the 1980s placed heavy emphasis on cheap clothes and fashion accessories. Apparel tended to be very bright and vivid in appearance. Continue reading »

Amazing Portraits of a Young Demi Moore in the 1980s

In the 1980s, a young Demi Moore quickly turned her General Hospital TV stardom into a full fledged movie career that made her one of the top actors of the decade. Continue reading »

Lovely Photos of Halloween Costumes For Kids in the 1960-80s

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Continue reading »