Link -

      Vintage & Classic Romance: Still Immensely Alluring!

      On the heels of Valentine's Day, here is our new "Love, Romance & Other
      Natural Disasters" compilation. Don't miss the
      previous issue
      - full of laughs, loves and yes, alas, natural disasters. For those
      inclined to see more artistic side of courtship, have a look at the
      Fine Points of Romance. Compiled from old illustrations and print advertisements, these
      cheerful slices of marital (and courtship) bliss from the 1950s and 1960s
      can still inspire and amuse today: Swept off his feet! (chair, and all...
      this is illustration by Fred Irvin from the 1949
      Collier's magazine):

      (images via LIFE Magazine,
        National Geographic Magazine,

      Some smoldering passion from the classic "Ben Hur" movie, via French
      Cinemonde magazine, 1960:


      Another one from the French Cinemonde magazine, starring Jean
      Marais and Cathia Caro:


      Fragment of the Mole People poster, 1956:


      The Sparkling Chrome American Dream:


      Happiness comes pre-stocked with Hires Root Beer! -


      And your own style of refrigerator -


      On a date... with vinyl (notice the awesome "rabbit" toy):


      Total inspiration for the comic artists... Illustration by Leonard Starr -


      Enchanting illustration from back in 1937, click to enlarge:


      "Is there an air of freshness?" - Yes!


      The key to man's heart -


      Things go great in space ("Thrilling Wonder Stories" cover fragment,
      Summer 1945):


      Beautiful illustrations by Ward Brackett from the 1960s:

      (images via)

      Love/Romance vintage pulp magazine covers:


      This cover is perhaps the most beautiful:


      Just before romantic involvement... some guys really don't have a clue
      what they are looking for:


      Granted, girls indeed can be mysterious:


      But in the end, it all comes down to simple "Yes!" or "No!":


      At first we always imagine our loved one as an angel:


      Then, we are offered the proverbial apple... and all is settled, to mutual


      Not everything went smoothly even back in the days... there was some


      A Wedding to Remember:

      (original unknown)

      Cooking? We never talked about it! -


      Well, there is another way to get food:

      (images via LIFE Magazine,

      Cats and ... hmm, aliens... need some romance, too:

      (original unknown)

      Looking forward to settling in a cozy house, full of your favorite things:

      (art credit: Jacek Yerka)

      If you're not careful, in time your loved one will start picking your
      brain - and she may even knit it! -

      (image via)

      Good old Star Wars hug:


      This is wonderful: the "Inner Beauty"? or the "Shadows of the Past"? -

      (image credit:
        Lyubomir Bykov)

      Simply beautiful, truly heart-felt work:

      (image credit: Tim Girvin)

      Good luck with your loved one, and not just on Valentine's Day, but
      throughout whole year! -

      (original unknown)



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

...why only straight white couples?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

because that is all they printed in the 50s, even the jetsons has only white people

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? Why do people obsess about race and sexual orientation? Damn bigots!

Blogger Skipweasel said...

That couple in the second picture - do you reckon they'd look so content if they knew Rover from The Prisoner was lurking just behind them?

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Oh yes, the floating white ball - here is some info on that!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched all the ads that I saw back then. Then I read the comments.
Why do people have to bring race into the comments? Segregation was wrong back then, but don't stir the pot for an argument. After almost 38 years of a happy marriage and knowing many great friends of all persuasions, I feel that these ads should show us where we went wrong and go from there.

Anonymous Charles George said...

It's a jester doll, not a rabbit toy.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd just like to see someone like myself up there for once.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure you are represented - several of those pictured looked fairly moronic.


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