Why retro fans (and others) love “kitschy” souvenir tea towels?

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What memories do YOU get from those old vintage touristy-looking tea towels? (or dish towels as they call them in the US).

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In this dishwasher age, I haven’t thought about tea towels for years – but they bring back so many warm and funny  and comforting memories.

I actually bought a tea towel today when I stumbled across a whole  vintage tea towel “shop” at at antique store that offered an amazing collection of unused vintage tea towels.

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Happy memories came flooding back of childhood holidays to touristy spots. Also childhood memories of  (before we had a dishwasher) doing the dishes as a family – YOU WASH, I’LL DRY!

Back before the American influence of “doing the dishes” – we called it washing up and wiping up!

Washing up time was a great time to talk about your day and there’s something about talking while you are doing a…

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More on those tacky touristy “trophy” tea towels

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What do you think of those touristy tea towels? Tacky and trashy, or terrific?

Delightful or dated and daggy?

What memories to touristy tea towels bring back for you?  Today I re-found a treasure trove that brought back so many laughs and memories!

Yesterday I posted about how I hadn’t thought about tea towels in ages until I saw a collection of vintage touristy ones in an antique store I popped into between business meetings.

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Here’s the link to the original post:

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/who-else-loves-kitschy-souvenir-tea-towels/

I was tempted to buy one that I thought was “so bad – it was good!” Can you see the retro appeal?

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Just the image alone made me want a big fat juicy “Australian” hamburger – with lots of onion and pineapple and beetroot!

The adventure continues – and gets better!

These days, I’ve recently moved back to the same city my parents live in…

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Do you remember retro games like Battleship? Check out these “treasures”

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Did you ever play this as a kid?

The other night my family was visiting another family (from school) and I spotted this on a shelf – partially hidden under other things.

I couldn’t help myself – and had to take a closer look.

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Yes, it was the original Battleship game – not a newer model – but the same one I had as a kid.

The retro art work brought back so many memories. I bought my son a newer version – but it just wasn’t the same!

I was impressed how this fellow dad had kept all the pieces together for so long.

This takes discipline. I don’t even know what happened to my old Battleship game!

Yet this dad played the retro version of this game with his son – AND he kept all the pieces together.

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Don’t you love the clean-cut retro cover? How “the girls”…

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What’s your favourite board game?

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What’s your favourite board game?

 

Do you have happy memories of board games? My two kids love them –

especially Trouble, Snakes and Ladders and Scrabble.

I recently got “re-introduced” the simple joys of these games when I was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. I was not very mobile but I could sit and play board games – and luckily my two kids also loved playing board games.

We have a modern version of Trouble – but when I visited my mother-in-law, I found a ”retro” Trouble that my wife would have played when she was a kid.

Wasn’t the retro version cool with the funky colourful font?

 

These days my wife doesn’t PLAY trouble – she IS trouble! Did I actually write that or just think it? Don’t tell her or I’ll be in trouble.

I’m such a “teaching nerd” I use Scrabble to teach…

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Why we love the early #Cure – how songs are always the same – again and again and again and again!

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If you are reading this you are probably a fan of The Cure – and you’ll get the “reference” in the title.

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I loved The music of The Cure when they first became famous – and I’ve been listening to them again a lot recently.

I’m listening to the Cure as I write this blog – Jumping Someone Elses’s Train.

That song includes the lyrics:

It’s always the same and again and again and again

And in The Forest we hear:

It’s always the same

I’m running towards nothing

Again and again and again and again…and again and again and again and again and again and again….and again.

On reflection, I reckon part of The Cure’s success was due to the repetition – repeating musical lines again and again and again and again. There is variety – but there is also a lot of repetition.

Many of the great bass…

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What did you wear at the beach or pool before the rash vest?

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What did you wear at the beach or pool – before rash vests?

Did you just go without any “extra covering”?

I found an old beach fun photo of my brother and me skimboarding and wearing  “pre-rashie” protection organised by our mother – good old white Bonds singlets.

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At least she could have put is in worker blue singlets to look more macho! Not just little white singlets!

Just joking mum – it was probably a good idea at the time.

But  – How uncool!

What did YOU wear at the beach or pool?

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I remember surfing (or at least trying to surf) in the 80s and usually going without a rashie – maybe an old T-shirt if you were out there for a while.

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When you are a parent – you are constantly covering up your kids with sun protective clothing.

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I just wish I had cool…

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What memories do you have of transistor radios – especially pocket radios?

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What memories do you have of transistor radios – especially those tiny, tinny transistor radios? Listening to the cricket? The ABC news theme? Sneaking your radio under the bed covers and listening to your favourite tunes?

still love to listen to a “retro” radio!

Some generations had the big family radio that was the size of a filing cabinet, then the “portable radio” , then the tiny transistor  pocket radio. I was a transistor radio kid!

I remember it so vividly. Being blown away  – hearing 10 CC’s “I’m Not in Love” on my pocket transistor radio. Even with the ”tinny” single earphone , the songs sounded heavenly – like a choir of angels. I was transported to another place.  Can’t remember the brand name but the radio was black plastic with a vinyl (imitation leather) case.

I also remember having both my eyes bandaged after an accident with an…

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What memories do you get from the fab fabric – Terry Towelling?

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Did you wear terry toweling as a kid? Do you still wear it?

I still love to wear my prized retro bright orange Yachtees Terry Towelling shirt.  It’s like wearing a towel – the warm embrace is comforting and brings back so many golden memories –   the beach, caravan holidays, bright and carefree days!

They were often called the Marlin shirt because of the marlin logo – but the official name was Yachtees!

My wife bought this vintage Bonds Yachtee shirt for me when she found it at markets at Byron Bay. The shirt gets so many comments when I wear it out.

Mums at school usually say “My dad had one of those!” or “I had a terry towelling hat!” It was such a “dad” shirt back in the late 60s and early 70s.

I had one of those TT hats too – mine had the zipper…

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How do you pronounce Adidas? and How it got its name

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Were you into Adidas gear?

I was – especially at high school.  And even these days when I drop my kids at school I see dads in Adidas gear.

I got back into it because I spend so much time  kicking balls around with my son – and to try to keep fit (so I can keep up with my kids!)

I am in no way connected with Adidas – I’m just interested in popular culture and yes, as a kid I was into Adidas. So I guess it reminds me of my youth.

Anyway, at my kids’ school one dad jokingly calls me Run DMC when I wear my hoodie.

That prompted a “dad conversation” with all-important questions such as:

How do you pronounce Adidas, I asked him.

“Ad-DEE-das” or “AD-ee-das”?

Being a bit of a word nerd, I wanted to find out.

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Like a lot of Australians…

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More random fun, “geeky” stuff about calculator spelling

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So many fascinating facts about calculator spelling.

In a previous post I wrote about how I hadn’t thought about calculator spelling since the 1970s – until this week when I was trying to “entertain” my son who was starting at a new school.

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I started doing some “research” on the phenomenon of calculator spelling and found out all sorts of amazing, random facts – well random at least!

The Hollies released an album called 5317704.

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To those fluent in the language of calculator spelling – that is of course HOLLIES upside down!

I even found out about a Nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot who has a song called 80085.

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I will definitely have to check him out – sounds interesting to me –but then again I also like calculator spelling.

There are similar “Nerd” gags in shows like Big Bang Theory where Raj’s favourite number is 5318008.

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Anyway, I was interested…

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