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Totally Rad: Photographing Malls Across America (in 1989)

Monday 11.18.2013 , Posted by

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In 1989 Michael Galinsky set out driving across the country from Long Island, to North Dakota, and Washington State beyond. His mission? Documenting the malls of America as he went. His series is a time capsule from a transitioning country, where downtown districts continued to lose popularity and the “big box” malls became social and consumer hubs. Here teens roam with matching mullets, the elderly enjoy cigarettes inside, and ‘stonewash’ jeans had elastic at the bottom. [Read more…]

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Way Tubular 80s Mobile Phone Commercial… Psych!

Saturday 10.06.2012 , Posted by

As crowds of people rush to get the new iPhone 5, we thought it would be fun to remind you just how far cell phone technology has come. In this hilarious Radio Shack commercial from 1989, you can see that mobile phones weren’t always so sleek. Watch as these hip people from the 80s lug their lunch box sized receivers to the office, the beach, Cub Scouts camping trips, and even out on a boat. [Read more…]

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Totally Rad! Apple Fashion From the 1980s

Wednesday 06.13.2012 , Posted by

Oh the 80s… so wonderful and so completely regrettable. Check out these examples from Apple’s foray into the fashion world from somewhere about 1986. Baggy sweatshirts? Elastic waisted nylon pants? Bodacious graphic design? Check, check and check. We can guarantee any of these designs would put you in the top slot at your next 80s party costume contest… you can’t beat the lethal combination all-out tech nerdery and, like, totally rad style! [Read more…]

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Just A Few Years Before Facebook

Saturday 10.29.2011 , Posted by

“What the heck it electronic mail!?” Before the computer world was connecting every few seconds, the idea of email and online shopping was a concept that had to be communicated to customers. This roundup of vintage computer ads, explores some of the stranger ways companies like Apple and IBM brought us into the information age… be sure to see the last ad in this article, it’s a sight of things to come [Read more…]

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It Was Hard to Avoid the Noid in the 80′s

Wednesday 01.05.2011 , Posted by

In the late 80’s, nothing said pizza like Domino’s Pizza and The Noid. This loony claymation troublemaker hated hot, tasty pizza enough that he spent all his time trying to destroy it using lasers, pogostick crushers and pie freezing guns. Domino’s put up stiff competition with their 30-minutes guarantee and cozy warm pizza carriers. So what made the Noid hate pizza so much? Maybe he just liked being healthy.

The nasty Noid sends some weather the way of a Domino’s delivery man.
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Beer Tasted Better in the 80s!

Saturday 12.11.2010 , Posted by

“This Bud’s for you.” Washing windows to the music of Oingo Boingo. – Budweiser

If you like dogs, bikinis, the 80s and beer… you’re going to love these videos like a long Friday night. Back in the days of low production costs and high spirits, these advertisements celebrated the enjoyment of sipping down some suds. Cheers! [Read more…]

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Classic 1980’s McDonald’s Commercials

Tuesday 11.30.2010 , Posted by

Feeling hungry? These classic McDonald’s commercials from the 80s remind us of a time when the food was fast, the burgers were cheesy and the commercials were… cheesier. Good time, great taste… McDonald’s?

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