The Airstream Funeral Coach, ca 1980s

Did you know? During the 1980s Airstream produced around 32 funeral coaches. Designed to transport the deceased and family and flowers all at once – with space for a coffin, flowers and seating for 14 mourners. In 1981, Airstream introduced a modified motorhome known as the Funeral Coach. It could transport 14 family members, aContinue reading “The Airstream Funeral Coach, ca 1980s”

New Wave Downtown Fashion by Edo Bertoglio

Edo Bertoglio is a Swiss photographer and film director. He received his degree in film directing and editing at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinema Francais in Paris in 1975. He moved to New York City in 1976, where he found work as a photographer for Italian Vogue, and Andy Warhol’s Interview, and other magazines. HeContinue reading “New Wave Downtown Fashion by Edo Bertoglio”

40 Photographs That Show Eric Clapton’s Style on the Stage From Between the Mid-1980s and Early 1990s

In the eighties, Eric Clapton was trying to quit drugs and alcohol. Naturally, he got really into clothes and women. “I’d always loved clothes, and that became a huge interest for me,” he told Classic Rock in 2016. Clapton meant it when he said he’d always been really into clothes: His 1970s stage ensembles includedContinue reading “40 Photographs That Show Eric Clapton’s Style on the Stage From Between the Mid-1980s and Early 1990s”

Portraits of Couples, Gangs, Children, Friends, and Carnival People at California County Fairs in the Late 1970s

Back in the 1970s, a young man went to work for a carnival concessionaire who, each summer, took a portable photo studio on the road to county fairs across California and the west. For a few dollars, you could have a portrait-sized or larger photo of you and your loved-one to frame and put upContinue reading “Portraits of Couples, Gangs, Children, Friends, and Carnival People at California County Fairs in the Late 1970s”

Photos Show Styles of Bridesmaids in the 1980s

If there is one word to sum up the decade that was the 1980s, it is ‘Big’. Big hair, big sleeves, big accessories and big clothes. And bridal style was no exception, with big gowns, big flowers, and the biggest veils seen since they stopped becoming a symbol of status a fixture of the ’80sContinue reading “Photos Show Styles of Bridesmaids in the 1980s”

The Man Who Would Be King: Some Vintage Album Covers of Orion, Elvis Presley’s Masked Doppelganger

“If Elvis is alive, he wears a mask and goes by the name Orion.”Ever heard of Orion? An unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave. Jimmy Ellis was born James Hughes Bell in Pascagoula, Mississippi onContinue reading “The Man Who Would Be King: Some Vintage Album Covers of Orion, Elvis Presley’s Masked Doppelganger”

Natalie Wood Roller Skating in ‘The Last Married Couple in America’ (1980)

The Last Married Couple in America is a 1980 comedy film released in the US. It was directed by Gilbert Cates, whose most successful film Oh, God! Book II, was released in the same year. The film starred George Segal and Natalie Wood as a California couple in the late 1970s struggling to maintain theirContinue reading “Natalie Wood Roller Skating in ‘The Last Married Couple in America’ (1980)”

30 Awful Album Covers Volume 7

Art is a strange creature. Ever mutating, evolving, and forever changing. Often the most obvious is overlooked. Often the over-looked is the most obvious in how we view the world around us. Often that which is overlooked is over shadowed by a more imposing medium. We identify so much with what we listen to andContinue reading “30 Awful Album Covers Volume 7”

Amazing Photos of 1970s and 1980s New York City

Bruce Gilden is an American street photographer. Known for his graphic and often confrontational close-ups made using flash, his images have a degree of intimacy and directness that have become a signature in his work. Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He studied sociology at Penn State University but didn’t complete theContinue reading “Amazing Photos of 1970s and 1980s New York City”

How Many?? 20 Vintage Album Covers Prove That Gospel Groups Unable to Count Their Members

There must be something we don’t know about the way these gospel groups count their members. The term Gospel quartet refers to several different traditions of harmony singing. Its origins are varied, including 4-part hymn singing, shape note singing, barbershop quartets, jubilee songs, spirituals, and other Gospel songs. Gospel quartets sing in four-part harmony, withContinue reading “How Many?? 20 Vintage Album Covers Prove That Gospel Groups Unable to Count Their Members”