Ahh, conventions. You go to one and you go to them all, right? It certainly seems like it. Just look at this old video from a 1976 Star Trek convention. Recorded by ultimessence, he took his old Super 8 camera down to Denver, Colorado’s Northgenn Mall to capture the rising swarm of Trekkies taking over America. Not only were Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan at the event, but also the first possible sighting of a furry at 1:20 of the video (although YouTube commenters say he’s actually dressed as a cataan from the Star Trek cartoon series, but hey, “furry” is funnier). The video is more than just a crazy, retro blast from the past, it’s also a video proof that conventions were always a little strange and a little awkward.
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What do you call a collection of vintage photos with phrases of brash pop art text slapped on top of it? You call it an Anne Taintor collection, of course.
Someone Has to Set a Bad Example, and that someone is Anne Taintor, author, photo editor, and collage genius behind this not-so-subtle collection. Taintor’s work is one of a kind, taking images from the days when a majority of women spent their time as “homemakers” and transforming them into feminist, cheeky, and at times vulgar moments suspended in time. The odd combination of past and present truly turns this book into something that remains memorable months after you’ve laid eyes on it, and rightfully so.
Taintor’s sense of humor is utterly transparent in her work, as is her fearless attitude when it comes to being anything but polite. Whether you’re looking for something to stew on, a chuckle, or a moment to nod your head along to the feelings of girl power, this woman’s bold artistry is certainly one to spend your time checking out.
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Everybody knows that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were soulmates—and in this vintage interview footage of them from 1966, it’s pretty clear to see. Just listen to the way they adoringly support each other during the footage, not only verbally but physically as well. At one point Taylor blurts out, ”Well we love each other. Our occupation has nothing to do with our emotions.” And at another, you can actually see Burton dabbing her with a handkerchief before dabbing himself. It’s short, it’s simple, but it holds all the emotions of a love meant to last a lifetime. Watching this interview feels like you’re looking right into the souls of both Taylor and Burton, because that’s just how transparent their love appeared.
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Well this seems depressingly relevant for a Monday morning. Normally these old PSAs from the ’50s and ’60s are only good for their comedic value. They’re usually super cheesy, out of date, and full of cringeworthy dialogue about how one beer will ruin your entire life or something. But this old 1961 PSA is about a topic that’s still relevant today: boredom. The video goes in-depth into the causes of boredom, the side effect boredom plays on our energy and health, and also how boredom is ingrained in our behavior from birth. The video follows a suburban man named Hugh who works a boring office job and feels unfilled with his life. After being forced to go to a doctor by this wife, he learns the cause of his behavior is boredom. But will he seek psychiatric help or continue letting others (ahem, his wife) influence his life? The tale of “Hugh” and his boring life is weirdly fascinating. So watch it. You might learn something.
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