Ah, Playgirl, an idea that despite being a perfect artifact of the 1970s was nevertheless before its time. (Its time being the point at which technology had advanced sufficiently to allow slow-motion pornographic GIFs on Tumblr.) How did such a thing come to be, how did it work, and where did it go?
Here is a treat for the Bake Off superfans: a young Mary Berry sporting the styles of the 1970s talking about “the cheap cuts of meat and interesting ways to use them.” That blouse—my God!
Today, when every 26-year-old woman I pass on my West Village street seems to have her own start-up, and women’s empowerment conferences are redundantly full of millionairesses in Manolos with daily blow-outs and triplex brownstones in the world’s shiniest borough—Brooklyn, which used to be known for grandmothers in…
20th Century Women begins with Dorothea’s (Annette Bening) husband’s Ford Galaxy burning in a supermarket parking lot. A remnant of the old days, when fathers were not only present but the leaders of their households, that car is fucked before we even get into it.
Consider—if you will—the fate of the trend, which is to fall dramatically from grace. For instance, these “model” interiors from the 1970s. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
This is Sophia Loren, holding a lion club named Sophia, on a 1973 outing to the newly opened West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England. But it could be you, with a little attitude, openness to synthetic fibers, and access to exotic wildlife.
That is the title of this photo: “Woman Works at Computer.” As you can see, this woman is working at a computer.
Dig out your blue eyeshadow, your body glitter and your Aqua Net, because it’s time for PROM WEEK on Pictorial.
You all right over there, Diane?
Retailers and designers have spent decades dithering over what to call clothing available in bigger sizes. “Chubbies” blessedly died with the 1950s and for now, “plus-size” is the go-to. Largely out of fashion: “Queen size.”
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of Blackstar, his 25th album. The news came meteorically; we were dazed and flattened, looking at the world through debris and glitter that suddenly it seemed we’d borrowed from him. Lady Gaga paid extended, exhaustive tribute to…
If you found yourself watching the final seasons of Mad Men and really vibing with Don Draper’s swinging Manhattan bachelor pad, here is the apartment for you.
Looking at these carefree styles for teens, let’s hope to God they didn’t let anybody smoke in the closet, because those fabrics are so synthetic a stray match might’ve set the whole place ablaze.
Yes, those are the heads of ancient Romans. Emperors and senators, to be precise.
As a sort of advent calendar of kitsch, Pictorial will be counting down the final twelve days before Christmas by featuring some holiday presents of days gone by.
The 1970s were possibly the absolute nadir of American eating habits. That’s common knowledge, but it’s still wild to scroll through photo after photo of revolting evidence. And now you can do just that, thanks to the Twitter account 70s Dinner Party!
As Americans prep for Thanksgiving, Pictorial has decided to honor our communal gorging by taking a look at promotional recipe pamphlets of days gone by.
Here’s something I never expected to write: Old Tupperware commercials are mesmerizing, brilliant, and strangely convincing. Dips keep dippier! Hams keep hammier! My God!
The reboot factory has brought us a shiny new gift, and it comes from one of Aaron Spelling’s classic productions. ABC is reincarnating Fantasy Island, the late ‘70s, early ‘80s series about a mysterious island where visitors pay to live out their dreams and desires.
For instance: Consider your Christmas shopping handled, thanks to the June 1974 issue of McCall’s magazine. Just buy all your loved ones this “unique and reasonably priced” Pictorial History of Aberrant Behavior—the first of its kind! First installment free!