I'm looking for the US equivalent of Dominic Sandbrook's State of Emergency: Britain 1970–1974
—books that explore not just the politics, movements and 'big events' of the decade, but aspects such as pop culture and the changes in daily life and habits. [more inside]
posted by kaisemic
on Apr 10, 2013 -
Help me identify this book? Hardback, with illustrations of towns & shops; lots of detail, kind of cartoony, escalators & stairs crossing. 1960s/70s? Know it's not much to go on, but it's all he gave me. Have at it guys.
posted by ulanbator3
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Fantasy van art, what and why? When I was little I remember seeing these conversion vans with Conan or Thor or whatever airbrushed on the outside and never thought much of it. Now, though, I am curious about what this phenomenon was all about. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero
on Dec 9, 2012 -
animated 1970s tv series about U.S. History? this is NOT the schoolhouse rock episodes. the one i am remembering was more serious, working through historical situations with animated scenes. the episode i remember most vividly was about the British burning the white house. does anyone else remember this series and what the name of it was?? might have been made around the bicentennial, but not sure.
posted by cmp4Meta
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Other than the Peppermill
, the Neon Graveyard
, or some of the casinos on Fremont Street, where are the best places to visit in Las Vegas to experience the faded but still garish glory of the 60s and 70s?
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Nov 20, 2012 -
I've had this vague memory of a 1970s-80s crime movie in the back of my brain. Can you help identify it? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus
on Oct 1, 2012 -
Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me.
Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s:
1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water.
2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter.
posted by Bourbonesque
on Aug 17, 2012 -
I'm try to find a series of robot toys I had in the early 1970s. I've tried various relevant search terms on Google, AskMe and eBay, but have come up empty. Maybe you can help based on the details I remember. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets
on Aug 5, 2012 -
South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B
on Jul 17, 2012 -
I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought
the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko
on Jul 14, 2012 -
I am trying to identify a woman from a cookbook. "The only thing I know about her is two pictures from a cookbook printed by the Maryland Seafood Marketing Authority (Department of Economic and Community Management) in the mid-1970s." [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge
on May 7, 2012 -
Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on May 7, 2012 -
What 70s game show used Henry Mancini's "March of the Cue Balls" as its theme music? [more inside]
posted by dopeydad
on Apr 28, 2012 -
How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Mar 31, 2012 -
Help me find this electronics/computer magazine from the 1970s based on its cover... [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Why did inflation increase so dramatically in most Western economies in 1975? Why did inflation remain at 10-15% levels around the world through the recessions of the late 1970s and only return to "normal" 3-5% levels in the 1983 recession?
posted by dave99
on Jan 29, 2012 -
What movie or TV show was this? This has been nagging at me for years!
Around 1978 or 1979, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember seeing a creepy teaser on TV for an upcoming movie, or episode of something, in which a man wearing dark glasses is speaking to someone off-screen. He says something like, "Don't go in there, kid, unless you want to end up ... like this!
" And then he removes the dark glasses, and instead of eyes he has two things that look like raised, white ridges with horizontal slits cut into them. Something like Inuit snow goggles
, but set into the eyes instead of connected in the middle.
I never saw the show and this is literally all I remember about it. A friend of mine thinks it might be The Omega Man
, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.
posted by Ratio
on Oct 10, 2011 -
This ring turned up at my deceased grandmother's house and no one recognized it. General consensus was that it looked like a man's ring from the 1970s. The band/base appears to be gold and the design appears to be rose gold. Can anyone recognize the design or shed any light on this?
posted by Slinga
on Jul 22, 2011 -
[16mm filmstrip projectorfilter]: Anyone know where I can find an .mp3 or .wav or .avi of the ding for the slide advance of a 16mm filmstrip projector from the 1970s? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog
on Jun 24, 2011 -
I have a memory of being told, as a child, that in some (or more than one?) country in Europe, circa 1970, there were two types of stores. Type A was government regulated or licensed, and prices were fixed. Type B was not, and you were allowed to bargain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? What was the actual situation (if I have it wrong) and in what country/countries? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs
on Jun 2, 2011 -
I saw this French cop/conspiracy/scandal movie at French camp in the 1970s. Now that I have the awesome power of the internet at my disposal, I'd like to find it again. But I can't. [more inside]
posted by dhartung
on Apr 20, 2011 -
I am trying to find the name of a movie I watched on TV when I was a young kid back in the 1970s. The film was about a group of people lost in a forest after a blizzard. At one point they find a car and start shouting, "It's the professor!" But when they get to the car the people inside it are frozen to death. I'm pretty sure it was a film for adults that was being broadcast on TV or it could have been made for TV.
posted by cmp4Meta
on Mar 19, 2011 -
Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Jan 27, 2011 -
What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic
on Oct 26, 2010 -
'70s microfilm technology filter - what do (did) you call a gadget for testing or enhancing reading ability by having a student look through a viewer and read one line at a time? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Oct 15, 2010 -
Identify a Japanese film from the 60s or 70s taking place partially in NYC please. [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on Aug 28, 2010 -
What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by lxs
on Jun 30, 2010 -
I'm looking for books about life in New York City in the 1970s; nonfiction preferred. [more inside]
posted by Riverine
on May 31, 2010 -
I'm looking for a movie: Scifi, set in space/on a spaceship, probably late 70s release, that has as a plot element humans hiding from a nefarious computer or machine that would stick a needle in the back of the person's head (possibly into a port) when person was caught.
posted by yiftach
on Apr 28, 2010 -
What are the best nonfiction books, novels or articles if I want to get a feel for city life in Seoul, South Korea in the 1970s or 1980s? [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor
on Apr 5, 2010 -
Your favorite/best valentine/love/torch song that was popular before 1980 (anytime before 1980)? This can include short classical and opera stuff, although that's not what I'm looking for. Please include the performer who made it popular. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood
on Feb 12, 2010 -
Please help me ID this American TV show/special/variety hour from the '70s featuring life-sized female puppets/marionettes - or prove to me that I am indeed halluciremembering. [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on Nov 21, 2009 -
A friend owns one of these
antique (?) clear-plastic, free-standing, quasi-lite-bright type hobby-kit devices. The label/signature can be seen here
. Just what the hell is it? (besides the obvious trip-toy type device). Bonus = it still works.
posted by jmnugent
on Nov 15, 2009 -
Could you point me to pictures of musicians in the 1970s with mustaches? Lots of pictures, please.
posted by Pants!
on Sep 18, 2009 -
What would you call that sweater-loving, Volvo-driving, PBS-donating late 1970s-mid 1980s American culture? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton
on Aug 17, 2009 -
Does anyone remember Hoffy papers? Obscure elementary-school learning machine memory (pre-1980 edition) ... [more inside]
posted by rikschell
on Apr 30, 2009 -
Im sort of a 70's nostalgia head, and as such would love to find some audio (format not important) of 70s radio broadcasts, commericals and all. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage
on Apr 25, 2009 -
I really enjoyed the "You're as Cold as Ice" segment of This American Life's "Mistakes Were Made"
show - can anyone recommend other documentaries / books / articles about the creepy / gothic side of California counterculture and technofuturism in the 60s and 70s?
posted by ryanshepard
on Apr 23, 2009 -
Hive mind, please help: I'm thinking of a short ballet film that came out in the 1970's (1975?). There is no plot -- it's basically a pas de deux, set to Pachelbel's Canon in D. [more inside]
posted by Araucaria
on Feb 26, 2009 -