Thursday, 15 February 2018

1961, Cars: Hillman Super Minx

In October 1961 British automobile manufacturer Hillman (Rootes Group) introduced the new Hillman Super Minx. The new car was an upmarket version of the smaller Hillman Minx. Initially the Super Minx was only available as a saloon with the 1,592 cc L4 Rootes engine with 46 kW of power.

In 1962 the range was expanded with a five-door estate (May 1962) and a two-door convertible (June 1962). In October 1962 all cars were updated with larger front disc brakes and a revised axle ratio. In 1964 production of the convertible ended after the Hillman Super Minx received a facelift, the wrap-around rear window was replaced by more conventional design with extra side windows. The windscreen became taller and the roofline less curved. In October 1965 the engine capacity was increased to 1,725 cc.
Hillman Super Minx Saloon (1961)
Hillman Super Minx Saloon (1961)
Hillman Super Minx Convertible (1962)
Hillman Super Minx Estate (1962)
Hillman Super Minx Saloon (1964)
Hillman Super Minx Saloon (1964)
The car was also sold as a rebadged Singer Vogue and Humber Sceptre. Production of the saloon ended in 1966, the estate was produced until 1967. It was replaced by the Hillman Hunter (Rootes Arrow). 
Singer Vogue
Singer Vogue
Humber Sceptre
Successor: Hillman Hunter (Rootes Arrow) (1966)

Monday, 12 February 2018

1960, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes

Citroën C-60 concept
- Design by Flaminio Bertoni, France, 1960.
- Built by Citroën, France, 1960.
- proposed engine: air cooled of either 1.100 cc or 1.400 cc.
Citroën C-60 Concept
Citroën C-60 Concept
Citroën C-60 Concept
Citroën C-60 Concept
Di Dia 150 (Bobby Darin’s Dream Car)
- Design by Andrew "Andy" Di Dia, Detroit, USA, 1953.
- Hand-built by four skilled workers from 1953 to 1960. With the exception of the engine and transmission (GM Cadillac), the steering column (Ford Thunderbird), the steering wheel (Plymouth), the windshield (Chrysler) and the seats (Pontiac) everything was hand-made.
- First engine: 3650 cc Cadillac engine
- Second engine: 4270 cc Ford engine
Di Dia 150 (Bobby Darin’s Dream Car)
Di Dia 150 (Bobby Darin’s Dream Car)
Bobby Darin with the Di Dia 150
Di Dia 150 (Bobby Darin’s Dream Car) interior
Watering-cans for flowers
- Designed by Klaus Kunis and produced by VEB Glasbijouterie Zittau. GDR / DDR, 1960.
Watering-cans by Klaus Kunis
Orange Slice chair
- Designed by Pierre Paulin and produced by Artifort, Netherlands, 1960.
Orange Slice chair by Pierre Paulin
Orange Slice chair by Pierre Paulin
Philips tape recorder RK 40
- Philips Radios - Deutschland , Germany, 1960.
Philips tape recorder RK 40
Yves Saint Laurent in the studio at Christian Dior, Paris, France, 1960.

Edson Newquist, ads for "Le Car Hot"
- American Ad Campaign for the Renault Dauphine.
- Needham, Louis & Brorby agency, New York, 1960.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

1977, Science and Technology: “Atari Video Computer System” or “Atari VCS”

On September 11, 1977 the American video game and home computer company Atari, Inc. released the first "Atari Video Computer System" (in 1982 renamed as "Atari 2600"). It is considered as the first video game console popularising the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM data-cartridges containing game code. Atari, Inc. founders (1972) Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney developed their gaming system in the early 1970s originally named "Syzygy".
Atari Video Computer System (1977)
Atari Video Computer System Launch (1977)
The game console was originally priced at US$199 (with inflation now US$804) or €160,1 (with inflation now €646). It had originally two joysticks and a Combat cartridge. Eight extra games were available at launch and sold separately. The first year (1977-1978) the console was produced at Sunnyvale, California, USA, in 1978 production moved to Hong Kong. In late 1979 the Atari VCS was the best-selling game console with 1 million units sold that year.
Atari Video Computer System advert (USA, 1982)
Atari Video Computer System advert (USA, 1982)
A total of 30 million units were sold (1977-1992). The CPU was 8-bits with 1.19 Mhz speed and 128 byte RAM. The possible input controllers were joysticks, paddles, driving Controller, track-ball and keypad . The best-selling game was “Pac-Man” (7 million).
Atari Video Computer System advert (USA, 1982)
Atari Video Computer System games
Did you know...
Apple existed only one year (1976)
Still 4 years to wait for the first DOS PC (1981)
Still 8 years to wait for the first Windows PC (1985)
Still 18 years to wait for the first efficient Web search engine AltaVista (1995)
Still 27 years to wait before Facebook appeared (2004)
...

Atari VCS advert (USA, 1978)


Atari VCS advert (USA, 1980's)

Atari VCS advert (USA, 1980's)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

1976, Film: “Freaky Friday”

The American fantasy-comedy "Freaky Friday" premieres on December 17, 1976 in Los Angeles. This Walt Disney Production was directed by Gary Nelson and written by Mary Rodgers based on her novel with the same title from 1972. The film stars Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband Bill.

Synopsis
Ellen Andrews (Barbara Harris) and her daughter Annabel (Jodie Foster) constantly quarrel. After a disagreement on Friday the 13th both Annabel and Ellen wish they could switch places with the other for just one day...

Main cast
  • Barbara Harris as Mrs. Andrews / Annabel
  • Jodie Foster as Annabel / Mrs. Andrews
  • John Astin as Mr. Andrews
  • Patsy Kelly as Mrs. Schmauss
  • Dick Van Patten as Harold Jennings
  • Vicki Schreck as Virginia
  • Sorrell Booke as Mr. Dilk
  • Alan Oppenheimer as Mr. Joffert
  • Ruth Buzzi as Opposing Coach
  • Kaye Ballard as Coach Betsy
  • Marc McClure as Boris Harris
  • Marie Windsor as Mrs. Murphy
  • Sparky Marcus as Ben Andrews
  • Ceil Cabot as Miss McGuirk
  • Brooke Mills as Mrs. Gibbons
Jodie Foster as Annabel / Mrs. Andrews
Barbara Harris as Mrs. Andrews / Annabel
John Astin as Mr. Andrews
Sparky Marcus as Ben Andrews and Barbara Harris as Mrs. Andrews / Annabel
Trivia
Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster sang the title song "I'd Like to be You for a Day" written en composed by Joel Hirschhorn and Al Kasha.
Jodie Foster as Annabel / Mrs. Andrews
Barbara Harris as Mrs. Andrews / Annabel
Marie Windsor as Mrs. Murphy and Jodie Foster as Annabel / Mrs. Andrews
Marc McClure as Boris Harris and Barbara Harris as Mrs. Andrews / Annabel
Awards
"Freaky Friday" had three Golden Globe nominations:
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Barbara Harris
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Jodie Foster
  • Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Joel Hirschhorn & Al Kasha, Song: "I'd Like to Be You for a Day" 
TV trailer (1977)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

1975, Car Spotting: Brixton Road, Londen, England, UK

Left to right

First row:
Unidentified lorry, unidentified lorry, Volvo 142/144, Ford Cortina Mk II, Rover P6, unidentified lorry

Second row:
Unidentified car probably Vauxhall Victor FD, unidentified van probably Ford Escort Van, unidentified dark coloured car, Peugeot 504, Ford Anglia (105E)

Third row:
Ford Cortina L Mk III (TC1), Ford Cortina Mk II, Austin A40 Farina Mark II, Škoda 100/110, Renault 4, Ford Transit Mk I, unidentified car, Austin/Morris 1100 (BMC ADO16), the following cars are unidentifiable

Fourth row:
Ford Cortina Mk I, Ford Transit Mk I, Volvo 142/144, Daimler Sovereign (XJ6 series I), Bedford CF, AEC Routemaster, Hillman Imp, AEC Routemaster