Friday, June 17, 2011

LIFE. November 6, 1964

Knowing my penchant for the classic Bond movies (1962-2002), a buddy brought me back this little gem from the Clunes Writers Festival. An original edition of LIFE magazine from November 1964, featuring the iconic Bond "Golden Girl" Shirley Eaton on the cover.

Goldfinger (1964) is number 3 in the original series of 20 films, and was the first to encompass the complete classic Bond formula.  IMHO it's one of Connery's best, and one of my favorites in the series.

Top Right: Cover, from Google images (my photo wasn't good enough),
Above: The Goldfinger article pages from my copy of the mag. Thanks DJ :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Takin' care of business, 60s style

Vintage suit hat-trick! Been on a lucky streak of late with vintage suits. Without trying I now have a set covering the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Found this business suit by HyTone of Melbourne at Joyce's Junkatique (38 Main Rd) for $25. Dating from around 1960 it's straight out of Mad Men. Given the trend back to 60's style narrow lapels over the past few years, this is one vintage outfit I can actually wear to work.

The narrow tie was also a nice $3 pick-up from last year, late 50s/early 60s silk featuring a bullfight scene. While I don't support bullfighting in any way, it's still an interesting artifact of the time.

Above right: c1960, Grey pure wool 3 button business suit by HyTone of Melbourne. The quality of your average modern off-the-rack suit doesn't compare to this 50yo classic.

Above left: HyTone suit label.
Above right: Late50s/early60s Bullfighter scene silk tie by "Cresta Cravat" marked "Rhodia - Woven in France".

Friday, May 20, 2011

Locals worth a visit

Happy to say I've finally managed to catch up on a couple of newish local Ballarat venues after months of well meaning intentions.

Firstly the Red Brick Gallery (on the last day of Jessica Bellman's show). Nice gallery & good art, congrats to owners Steph Wallace & Marcia King, hope it goes well.

Secondly the Babushka Bar, where local artist & musician Garth Horsfield has taken over & enhanced this intimate watering hole (formerly the Saloon Bar), to provide a venue for art, alternative music and performance. Congratulations to Garth, here's hoping the venue has a bright future.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Creepy 90s Nanna Decore

Came across an example of that creepy decorating fad from the mid to late 1990s the other weekend, a "Time-out Doll". I mean, who wouldn't find the faceless doppelganger of a toddler being subjected to domestic discipline utterly delightful?

Like crying child and clown prints, I've always found these little replica child victims (and the people they appeal too) faintly disturbing.

Above right: 1990s "Timeout doll" (also known as "pouting dolls", "tantrum tots", "corner kids", etc) seen at the Ballarat Mill Market

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vintage Gold!

Possibly one of the best finds I've had in many years of op-shopping, an original and complete "Golden Era" Men's 3 piece suit from the late 40s/early 50s.

Last year I saw a 3 piece like this at Circa going for $550, ..this one cost me just $35!

Talk about dumb luck, I picked it up only 2 weeks after finding a complete 1970s Safari Suit at the same place. Coincidentally
they are both by Roger David.

Above: Men's 1940s/50s wool pinstripe double-breasted 3 piece suit, by Roger David. Found at the Sebas Salvos.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More disturbing clowns

I've previous blogged my feelings on clowns and the decorative arts, but this particular op-shop print has "mildly disturbing" stamped all over it. Titled "Friendship" we have a darkly brooding clown, comforting a frightened (or sneaky?) dwarf clown, seated on a cloud of smug elderly faces.

Googling the signature finds the website of "World renowned clown artist" Robert Owen. Apparently "he has been delighting people with his clowns" for 30 years ....hmmmm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Classic 70s Polyester

Had an amazing find over the Labour Day long weekend a few weeks ago. I've previously said if I ever saw a Safari Suit cheap I'd grab it, well I finally stumbled on one.

Feast your eyes on this classic and complete 1970s powder blue men's polyester safari suit by Roger David. Big collar, flared pants, the whole deal. Roll on the next bad taste dress-up event!

Above: 1970s Men's Polyester Safari Suit, by Roger David. $25 Sebas Salvos.
Right: Note the male symbol in the old Roger David logo, soooo Disco.
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