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Vintage Predictions of Life on Other Planets

Thursday 03.28.2013 , Posted by

3 Frank R. Paul life-on-mars

In 1939, we knew much less about our solar system, so much less that these illustrations by Frank R. Paul may have really made people wonder about what strange life may be living on other planets. His drawings were some of the first images seen by science fiction writers Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Forrest J Ackerman, making him one of the greatest influences on the early pieces in the genre. Using what little knowledge scientists had about the compositions of each planet, Frank R. Paul drew his predictions of what humans might find should they try to inhabit the other planets. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #397 > How It Was Back Then: A Vintage Era

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #386 > Fun Photos From A Bygone Era

Saturday 02.23.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #369> A Colorful Time: Vintage & Retro

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by



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Lord Of the Rings Action Figures- Long Before Jackson

Saturday 01.05.2013 , Posted by

1- LOTR Action Figures

Way before Peter Jackson brought the characters from Lord of The Rings to life on the big screen, Ralph Bakshi directed an animated version of the beloved novel by J.R. Tolkein, which was the longest feature-length animated film at the time in 1978. To accompany the film, the Knickerbocker toy company made an awesome line of action figures of the key players, including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollom, and Aragorn. In their original packaging some of the sets can go for up to £10.000 which is equivalent to $16,253! But what little kid could possibly have resisted opening these fun-packed figurines when they came out in 1979? [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #347 > A Love For Vintage

Monday 12.31.2012 , Posted by

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Retro Love for Motorcycles, Cars, Girls and Guitars

Tuesday 12.18.2012 , Posted by

Gianmarco Magnani Illustrations 1

If you’re a fan of retro cool style you’re going to love the work of Gianmarco Magnani (aka Silence Television). This spanish illustrator has a knack for creating seriously crisp work that ranges from a distopian punk aesthetic to happy mod chic… and he does it all by harnessing the power of vintage motorcycles, the seduction of stylish girls, and the ear popping tunes of flying-V guitars. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #320 > A Vintage Collection

Friday 11.23.2012 , Posted by

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Satoshi Hashimoto Illustrates a Retro/Modern World

Wednesday 11.07.2012 , Posted by

Yokohama based Satoshi Hashimoto is kicking it old-school cool. This Japanese illustrator has the touch of a mid-century master, creating a world of goatee sporting beatniks and cocktail swizzling cool guys brought up to the modern age. His figures, which feature in plenty of modern periodicals, are surrounded by the technological signs of our modern world: laptops, rooftop gardens and DJ turntables place these images decisively in the 21st century. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #300 > Kickin’ It Old School

Thursday 10.25.2012 , Posted by

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