Wednesday, January 11, 2017

'70s Magazines


The former jazz club being renovated in West Hampstead has gained a sign and presumably some interior walls since I photographed it last March. At first I didn't pay attention to all that newspaper covering the windows. It's fairly common practice for businesses being renovated to cover up this way while the work is being done.


But then I took a closer look and realized the "newspaper" actually consists of pages from old '70s magazines -- teenybopper fan mags, from the looks of things.


There's some fashion advice about colorful underwear...


... and a comic strip from the folks who made "Bionic" a word.


Beauty tips from Marie Osmond? A "personal letter" from David Cassidy? What more could we want?

I got such a kick out of all this that I stood in front of the shop reading until Olga got really impatient and began pulling me along the sidewalk. I'm going to have to go back without her and take a closer look!

15 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Well spotted Steve!
Over in America it is acceptable to call the pedestrian strip at the edge of the road a SIDEWALK but here in England we refer to it as a PAVEMENT and whilst living here it is respectful to use our terminology. Have a most acceptable day!

Steve Reed said...

DIDACT (noun) 1.a didactic person; one overinclined to instruct others.

Shooting Parrots said...

There's only one word for this - Fab!

Elle Clancy said...

Dear lord, I think I had all those articles as a child...all that is missing is a story on Bobby Sherman.

Ms. Moon said...

I wish there was a "like" button for your response to YP.
Marie Osmond is still giving us beauty tips. What would we have done without her all these years?

Sharon Anck said...

Ms. Moon's comment made me laugh out loud. She's so right, what would we have done without Marie.

ellen abbott said...

never read teen magazines. they probably weren't allowed in our house. I wonder if their choice of material will have anything to do with the place when they open.

37paddington said...

Much more fun than newspaper!

jenny_o said...

I'd "like" your answer to YP as well!! Pavement in Canada is the middle of the freakin' road, so we tend not to walk there :)

I wondered the same as Ellen - whether the magazines have anything to do with the new place.

Linda Sue said...

I do hope that they transfer the collage onto the walls! Priceless! Entertaining, something to read while your're waiting. Gosh, sorry to have missed the beauty tips, too late! Our girl's softball team was named "The Sidewalks" and for good reason. "The Pavements" would not have been as effective.

05620402-687a-11e5-9732-db218774198e said...

Incredibly cool and eagle eyed find! I wonder if anyone else noticed. Also curious if it will be a theme in the new place.
Xoxo
Barbara

Lynne said...

Haha, ditto to your reply to YP. Hahahahaha. :)
David Cassidy used to make me swoon ... but why would anyone want to look at the prepubescent girl in her unmentionables?

Red said...

I'm kind of a sucker for old magazines and photos. The old styles are pretty interesting.

Catalyst said...

Oh, what fun. When SWMBO and I were building our book shop, we covered the windows with plain white paper we got from a newspaper printing office. This is much better.

Elizabeth said...

I love this nostalgic stuff from our youth. I think you and I are about the same age, so thank you for posting these!