18 Hilariously Awkward Haircuts of Vintage Christian Album Covers

The digital music revolution has, for the most part, been great for music fans. But even though listening to music online costs less and gives you access to millions and millions of songs you might not otherwise hear, one thing has sadly been lost in the streaming era: Appreciation for incredible album art.

Sure, we still see tiny thumbnail images of singles and LP album covers displayed next to the song streaming on our iPhones, but it’s just not the same as regularly examining album covers in all of their visual glory. In the world of Christian music, where many artists used the cover to blend spiritual metaphors with airbrushed supernatural entities, inspired outfits and creative font selections, there is truly something that modern music fans are missing.

Here, below is a collection of 18 vintage Vintage album covers that feature artists with the craziest hairdos. Most of them look like they’re from the 1960s but there’s at least one from an ’80s Christian hair band. Hopefully we don’t see a resurgence of these hairstyles, but who knows… your move hipsters!













Stunning Photos of Natalie Wood by Angelo Frontoni in 1965

Natalie Wood was one of Hollywood’s most glamours movie stars until she mysteriously died in a drowning accident in the early 1980’s. The following are rare, never seen before photos of the actress.

Natalie Wood in evening gown by Mainbocher in bedroom of her home in Beverly Hills, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood in evening gown by Mainbocher in bedroom of her home in Beverly Hills, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood poses in an evening gown with David Niven Jr. looking on, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood poses in an evening gown with David Niven Jr. looking on, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood at home in Beverly Hills, Ca., photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood at home in Beverly Hills, Ca., photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood, photo by Angelo Frontoni, Beverly Hills, 1965.
Natalie Wood, photo by Angelo Frontoni, Beverly Hills, 1965.
Natalie Wood, photo by Angelo Frontoni, Beverly Hills, 1965.
Natalie Wood, photo by Angelo Frontoni, Beverly Hills, 1965.
Natalie Wood with Italian fashion designer Patrick de Barentzen at a private showing of his collection, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood with Italian fashion designer Patrick de Barentzen at a private showing of his collection, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood on the set of the movie"The Great Race", directed by Blake Edwards, photo by Angelo Frontoni on the Universal Studios backlot, 1965.
Natalie Wood on the set of the movie”The Great Race”, directed by Blake Edwards, photo by Angelo Frontoni on the Universal Studios backlot, 1965.
Natalie Wood, photo by Angelo Frontoni, Beverly Hills, Ca., 1965.
Natalie Wood, photo by Angelo Frontoni, Beverly Hills, Ca., 1965.
Natalie Wood in the back yard of her Beverly Hills home, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.
Natalie Wood in the back yard of her Beverly Hills home, photo by Angelo Frontoni, 1965.

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16 Sexist and Racist Vintage Advertisements That Are Shocking Today

These vintage advertisements are from Beyond Belief, a book by art collector and former advertising executive Charles Saatchi, which brings together the most shocking advertising campaigns of the last century. From racism and sexism to dodgy health claims, nothing was out of bounds for the real-life Mad Men.

“In the middle of the last century, marketing men had few qualms about creating brutally offensive advertisements…It proved a grimly amusing task to find so many examples that I could collect together; they provide a clear insight into the world of the ‘Mad Men’ generation and the consumers they were addressing. Although many of the advertisements selected are alarming they present an important portrait of society in the 1940s and ‘50s.” – Charles Saatchi.

Misogynistic, racist, unscientific, dishonest and just plain bizarre, these ads demonstrate how our attitudes towards women, race, tobacco, personal hygiene and drugs have changed over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 Reefer Madness Posters From 1930s Will Make You Cry Laughing!

Originally, Reefer Madness was the title of a 1930s American propaganda film that told the story of how an entire high school student body was introduced to smoking marijuana cigarettes (also known as, reefers).  However, while the film was intentioned as a cautionary tale to parents about the grave and immoral consequences of allowing their kids to smoke marijuana (i.e. murder, kidnapping, rape, automotive homicide), it was soon made satire by critics and advocates alike. Following its release, a series of Reefer Madness-provoked images, novels, songs, and movie posters became popular. Many of these images and posters were distinctly labeled with Adult Only warnings, featured explicit images of devilish creatures and seduced females, distressed male and female figures, and satirical text describing the wrecked lives and shattered hopes of those who smoke marijuana (e.g. Marijuana Girl, Marijuana Insanity, Reefer Blues ). The caricatures on the fronts of these advertisements were drawn with dramatic and popping colors of red, blue, and yellow (e.g. the clown in The Circus of Reefer Madness ), large block-shaped text (e.g. Road to Ruin), and the fiery red background motif resembling assorted items including fire, danger, the Devil, passion, etc. Characteristically, the contents of the posters drew from the original films other names, including: The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth, and Love Madness.  Additionally, the aftermath of Reefer Madness spanned new productions such as Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical and the song Reefer man. Thus, Reefer Madness, as well as the influence of two other films Marihuana (1936) and Assassin of Youth (1937) dictated the public perception of marijuana in the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Crazy Old Cigarette Ads Claimed That “More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette”

One common technique used by the tobacco industry to reassure a worried public was to incorporate images of physicians in their ads. The none-too-subtle message was that if the doctor, with all of his expertise, chose to smoke a particular brand, then it must be safe. Unlike with celebrity and athlete endorsers, the doctors depicted were never specific individuals, because physicians who engaged in advertising would risk losing their license. (It was contrary to accepted medical ethics at the time for doctors to advertise.) Instead, the images always presented an idealized physician wise, noble, and caring who enthusiastically partook of the smoking habit. All of the doctors in these ads came out of central casting from among actors dressed up to look like doctors. Little protest was heard from the medical community or organized medicine, perhaps because the images showed the profession in a highly favorable light. This genre of ads regularly appeared in medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, an organization which for decades collaborated closely with the industry. The big push to document health hazards also did not arrive until later.

The ads in this particular theme are all from a single R. J. Reynolds campaign which ran from 1940 to 1949 and claimed that More Doctors smoke Camels. In the majority of these advertisements, the More Doctors campaign slogan was included alongside other popular Camel campaigns such as T-Zone ( T for Throat, T for Taste ), More people are smoking Camels than ever before, and Experience is the Best Teacher. In this way, Camel was able to maintain consistency across its advertisements.

Within the More Doctors campaign, a story can be told through a series of advertisements. The story documents a young boy s journey following in his father s footsteps into the field of medicine. In the first ad of this series, an obstetrician tells his little boy, Now Daddy has to go to another birthday party, son as he leaves his son s party to deliver a baby. Next, a doctor tells his grown-up boy, It s all up to you, son, as the young man decides whether or not to follow a career in medicine. Then, the young medical student, class of 46, is joined by his father, class of 06 during a lecture. Later, the young man is an interne, not quite on his own yet. Finally, he is seen opening up his very own private practice in the company of his adoring wife. This storyline, though not explicit, works to further portray the doctor as a family man and a determined, committed, self-sacrificing individual.

In an attempt to substantiate the More Doctors claim, R.J. Reynolds paid for surveys to be conducted during medical conventions using two survey methods: Doctors were gifted free packs of Camel cigarettes at tobacco company booths and them upon exiting the exhibit hall, were then immediately asked to indicate their favorite brand or were asked which cigarette they carried in their pocket.

(Via Stanford Education)

Put Boobs On It! Sex Sells 1970 Album Covers

In the 1960s-1980s, if you wanted to sell your record, the most reliable method may have been to simply put a pair of boobs on the cover.  It was a variation on the “sex sells” approach – you might call it “chests sells”.  Whether it was subtle cleavage or loud-and-proud bosoms, we know the strategy worked simply because it was used so unbelievably often – with EZ Listening artists being the prime culprits.

L) Gitti wanted to keep it classy, but Erika said, “To hell with that. There are bills to pay.” (R) Sold! Even though I’ll probably hate the music, I can’t think of a reason not to buy this album of Scandinavian folk music.

 

 

More faceless women and their boobs as album cover centerpieces.
In case you haven’t picked up on the pattern – almost none of these cleavage-bearing ladies are actually the artist featured on the albums. This ain’t Victor Lazlo – his sorry visage is lucky to even appear on the back cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The record on the left is by a group called The Cuarto Hombres. Needless to say, none of the “four guys” made the cut for the front cover. At right, Serena Grandi is busting out front and center… Simon Boswell is MIA.
That’s not Marin Denny, and that’s not Fred Weyrich. But that’s not to say no female musicians and singers opted to flaunt their assets for record sales. A few more examples…

 

This album by Elkie Brooks often makes the top ten of ‘worst album covers’ lists. I think this is primarily due to the fact that Ms. Brooks was and is a well-respected artist and her spastic-breast-exposing-contortion seemed unbecoming and “beneath” such a talent. I happen to love it.

You might also like this 1970s forgotten album cover art.

The Secret History of Hunky Male Beefcakes

In the same way that porn magazines are often hidden under pillows or locked away on the top shelves of closets, the history of “beefcake” photography has been highly secretive. The photographers and models who created the hunky, hypermasculine work beginning in the 1940s right up to the pre-disco age did it on the sly, often dodging strict obscenity laws that landed some of them in prison, forced them to endure harassment and attacks, and kept almost all of them hiding deep in the closet.

For Petra Mason, the editor of 100% Rare All Natural Beefcake, published by Rizzoli, trying to track down the images and, more significantly, the holders of the copyrights, turned out to be a bit like falling down a rabbit hole.

“It was an amazing journey in terms of many months of research to try to find the right people,” Mason said. “A lot of this was a secret history, tucked away in shoeboxes or under beds. The photographers were all fascinating characters of varying shapes and sizes who were brave enough to risk for their art by breaking the law. The models were doing it for a couple of bucks and they were either spotted at the gym or pulled from the streets so there isn’t much documentation about them.”

In the end, roughly 50 photographers were included in the book, some of whom are well-known, including Bob Mizer, and a number of photographers who worked under pseudonyms tied to their locations: Bruce of Los Angeles, Douglas of Detroit, and Lon of New York.

Left: Howard Eastman and Benny Piekaiski, 1950s. Right: Rollie Hawk and Leroy Hoffman, 1950s.
Walter Kundzicz’s Champion Studios, New York, 1963-64
Walter Kundzicz’s Champion Studios, New York, 1963

While doing research, Mason encountered some serious collectors who owned a significant amount of work and also had tracked down many of the models’ and photographers’ names.

“Beefcake collectors take collecting beefcake more seriously than cheesecake collectors,” Mason said. “Men in general take collecting more seriously it seems, a bizarre but true fact. I was seriously surprised to get to chat to one of the original photographers who is still going strong, Chuck Renslow whose KRIS Studio shots I think are really hot. Chuck’s a legend and his collection is now in the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago which I would never have heard otherwise, an amazing source of material for a very secret history.”

The book divides the images into various categories including  “Duals in the Sun,” “Figure Studies,” “Neptune’s Boys,” and the somewhat cringe-worthy “Cowboys and Indians.” While a lot of beefcake is often associated with having a gay sensibility, as a heterosexual woman, Mason said she felt the work has a universal appeal.

“I think one of the many things we’re constantly reminded by the media and elsewhere is what we don’t have in common, we actually do. There is a shared appreciation to the overall hotness of the material that is hard to resist for anyone.”

Lady Bunny, a legend in the drag world who wrote the foreword to the book, agrees about the universal appeal.

“I am from the South, so it was not uncommon to meet married women who had never had an orgasm,” Bunny wrote via email. “Women weren’t supposed to enjoy sex too much, so I always rejoiced when I met women who thought about sex the way gay men did, i.e., they wanted lots of it and were concerned with penis size. I think one of the reasons Sex and the City was so popular is that it was one of the first portrayals of women objectifying men for a change. Perhaps Petra was ahead of her time and had been objectifying men for ages! Or, perhaps she’s just a slut who has found a way to mix business with pleasure and call smut art! It works for me!”

Mason added that while there is certainly a humorous aspect to the images, especially seen from a modern-day perspective, there is also a profoundly sad aspect tied to the history of the photographs.

“Our intention is to strike a balance, to give meaningful historical information among all of the gorgeous eye candy.”

(Via Slate)

Vintage Photos Show Amazing Vancouver Neon Signs and Streets Scenes in 1950s

Man with Bandage
Self Portait 1961
Self Portait (Fred Herzog), 1961

These colorful photos show what Vancouver’s Upper East Side and downtown looked like in its’ glory days of the 1950’s.  The photographer captures a city basking in the glow of neon signs.

The Vancouver photographs of Fred Herzog are awash with vibrant color. They are complex, mysterious, exuberant, and full of life, much like the city he photographed. Fred Herzog was born in 1930 in Germany, and came to Vancouver in 1953. He was employed as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life as he observed it. Focusing his camera on storefronts, neon signs, billboards, cafes and crowds of people, he eloquently depicts the architecture of the street as a framework for human interaction, presenting a view of the city that is both critical and elegiac.

Though Fred Herzog has been making photographs for decades, his images of city life in Vancouver in the 1950’s and 1960’s have only recently been brought to a larger public. A major retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2007 was a revelation to those who had known his work only through slides, as well as to a generation of art lovers who had not heard of him at all. Since he was never able to satisfactorily make prints from his slides, the recent possibilities of digital inkjet printing have enabled him to finally print and exhibit this important body of early color street photography.

FRED HERZOG IN THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

“Herzog’s world — especially as revealed by the abundance of signs — is simultaneously covetous and quasi religious, sensual and unworldly. Gamblers at a fair or casino gaze beyond the frame in an ecstasy of optimism, keeping faith with the idea of an against-the-odds windfall (a.k.a. a miracle).

The relatively lengthy shutter speeds necessitated by Kodachrome — a slow, not very light-sensitive film — meant that Herzog was not only temperamentally unsuited but technically unable to snap events on the fly in the sly manner of Cartier-Bresson. Drama passed him by. He waited for time either to slow down or to come to a functional standstill. In lieu of the fast time of second hands and their snatched fractions, a strong sense of photographic history can be seen to converge on Herzog’s work.

Herzog, born in Germany in 1930, immigrated to Canada in 1952. Although he took some photographs in various places in the world, Vancouver remained his colorful stamping ground from the late 1950s onward. As with Leiter, the sense of a distinct and determining sensibility is enhanced by the relatively limited geographical frame of reference. Because the same bits of real estate crop up in multiple frames, a given view can be triangulated with other shots so that we are enclosed within an artist’s world. To look at Herzog’s work is to inhabit it.”

Hastings at Columbia, 1958
Hastings at Columbia, 1958

 

 

(via Equinox Gallery)

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Wild Photos 1960s Japanese beatles cover band

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This japanese beatles cover band also know as the “Tokyo Beatles” came about because the real group had no plans to tour Japan where they were wildly popular.  Hard to believe, given that Ono Yoko is herself Japanese. These old photos of the group from the mid-1960’s shows that even a group of fake Beatles could cause hysteria!

japanese beatles cover band
Japanese beatles cover band
japanese beatles cover band
Japanese beatles cover band entertains fans, circa 1960s.

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Old Motel Signs Relive 1950s and 1960s Travel

These old motel signs harken back to an era when the car reigned supreme and holidayers required a cheap and comfy place to say.  This selection of neon motel signs shows that  the log cabin and Native icons were popular design themes.

A motel is a hotel designed for motorists and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles. Entering dictionaries after World War II, the word motel, coined as a portmanteau contraction of “motor hotel”, originates from the Milestone Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, California  which was built in 1925.  The term referred initially to a type of hotel consisting of a single building of connected rooms whose doors faced a parking lot and in some circumstances, a common area or a series of small cabins with common parking. Motels are often individually owned, though motel chains do exist.
As large highway systems began to be developed in the 1920s, long-distance road journeys became more common, and the need for inexpensive, easily accessible overnight accommodation sites close to the main routes led to the growth of the motel concept. Motels peaked in popularity in the 1960s with rising car travel, only to decline in response to competition from the newer chain hotels that became commonplace at highway interchanges as traffic was bypassed onto newly constructed freeways. Several historic motels are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. (Wikipedia)

Many of these old motel signs were elaborate vintage neon signs.

 

It'll Do Motel office, Jonesborough, Tennessee
It’ll Do Motel office, Jonesborough, Tennessee
Wyoming Motel sign, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Wyoming Motel sign, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Aztec Motel, office and sign, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aztec Motel, office and sign, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Western Safari Motel sign, St. George Boulevard, Saint George, Utah
Western Safari Motel sign, St. George Boulevard, Saint George, Utah
Log Cabin Motel, closer front view, 830 Market Street, Morro Bay, California (LOC)
Log Cabin Motel, closer front view, 830 Market Street, Morro Bay, California (LOC)
Eisenhower Motor Court sign, Route 411, Newport, Tennessee
Eisenhower Motor Court sign, Newport, Tennessee
Wigwam Village Number 2 billboard, Route 31W, Cave City, Kentucky
Wigwam Village Number 2 billboard, Route 31W, Cave City, Kentucky
Log Cabin Motel sign, Montrose, Colorado
Log Cabin Motel sign, Montrose, Colorado
Eisenhower Motor Court sign, Route 411, Newport, Tennessee
Old motel signs like this one featured a western theme. Eisenhower Motor Court sign,  Newport, Tennessee
Mar-Mar Motel, Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Mar-Mar Motel, Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Holiday Motel (old building, newer motel around the corner), W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, Maryland
Holiday Motel (old building, newer motel around the corner), W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, Maryland. Of the old motel signs shown here, this establishment doesn’t feature the typical front parking lot.
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Old motel signs often feature a castle or tower them. Tower Motel, closer overall view, 1909 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
old motel signs Aztec Motel, diagonal view 2, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aztec Motel, diagonal view 2, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico
No-Tel Motel sign, Route 172, Massillon, Ohio old motel signs
No-Tel Motel sign, Route 172, Massillon, Ohio
Kozy Kamp Motel sign, La Vale, Maryland, old motel signs
Kozy Kamp Motel sign, La Vale, Maryland

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