August 8-14, 2010

August 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

019 – This week I’m focusing on “new” vintage finds. Be it, a car, photography, styles, comics, or true history – the feelings that these finds bring are true nostalgia with all the warm tones and attitudes in tow.

Every time I pop into my gorgeous little Beetle, I can’t help but smile. I love my sweet ride so much. It rolls like a dream – and, I have a traffic school certificate to prove it.

Plus, VW leveraged research showing, on average, New Beetle owners were happier and friendlier than other car owners. (It’s true. I’m both happy and pretty darn friendly.)

As I sat in the waiting room at my VW dealer, waiting to pickup after the 20K checkup, I admired some of the old ad campaign framed on the wall.

These (combined for the love of my ‘Ringo’) made me take a step back in time and gander at all of VW’s ads. Again. When originally created, these designs were wonderfully modern – breaking barriers and making people talk. College kids could recite the copy. Faces met at the water cooler with conversation of “hey, did you see…?” All, not without reason. You see, VW boasts freedom of the road, humble honesty, throwing worthwhile (yet minimal) stats at you, AND making you feel like you belong in the seat. It’s pop culture on wheels. And, it doesn’t matter what year it is for all of that to remain true.

Plus, in 2009, the VW Van turned 60 and doesn’t look a day over 22.

Each time you see one, regardless of it’s condition, you can’t help but think of, well, “…free love, the smell of incense burning, the smell of bras burning, the smell of goat cheese and patchouli, Cuba si, nuclear no thanks, nan trugarez, nein danke, gurus, the to Katmandu, to Goa, the road again, Afghan jackets, Indian shirts, Swedish pretty hitchhikers, bell-bottoms…”

Why rebuild the wheel… check out THINKINGOUTTABOX for a great selection of VW ads.

Laurent Nivalle from Paris showcases some eye-catching VINTAGE CAMPING pics. Each photo leaving imprints of nostalgia with — campfires, the smell of wet swimsuits, car games, listening to 8-tracks on the road (personally, the soundtrack of ‘Grease’ comes to mind) and bad food that we didn’t seem to mind (memories of powdered milk).

You can also check out NIVALLE’S PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO and BLOG… each of which also highlight some fab thought-provoking impressions.

(via @laurentnivalle)

JUSTIN + NICOLE’S VINTAGE INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS highlight their modern day romance through this wonderful, intimately choreographed photo-story. Kudos for both style and originality.

Of the couple, Nicole has her own blog highlighting the ADVENTURES IN LOVE AND HAPPINESS a place to “stash what I love, what inspires me, and our adventures in making a home, planning a wedding and trying to keep our patience with our Basset Hound puppy.”

(via @grnweddingshoes)
(via @colekbl)

BOING BOING pulled together some beautiful VINTAGE PHOTOS OF EUROPE DATED BACK TO 1906. I love the off-set colors, the grainy stop of time of places that (some of which) no longer exist.

Sadly, there is some skepticism in the comments since Photoshop makes it so easy to make an image look vintage and such. Now, I’m hardly saying trust all you see on the web ‘as is’. Well, that would be just silly. But, I love these photos (and the idea behind the original post) just too much to believe they are manipulated.

Think about it… a fashionable man and his lady are holidaying in Europe. He in his tailored tweed suit. She in her narrow skirt and huge broad-brimmed hat (after all, she is the impiety of fashion). They stood, overlooking the bridge of Finstermünz, the wind was a blowin’ and her hat almost flies away but her gentleman catches it in the brink of time. She pulls out her new Brownie (“You push the button, we do the rest.”) and, right now, you’re looking at that very snap in time.

Now, instead of the adobe-doubt, the image of ‘Mr and Mrs 1906’ is a nicer mental photo, don’t you reckon?

(via @boingboing)
(via @chip_chick)

And, what better way to conclude this week’s vintage post than with another blog that ensues hilarity! COMICALLY VINTAGE added modern thoughts to some wonderfully vintage comics.

And, well, let’s be honest… H-How can he flirt with other girls if he’s in love with her? Valid question, indeed.

(via @vintagecomics)

Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”

~ Andy Warhol

TAGS: vintage, retro, advertising, beetle, vw, camping, wedding, comics


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