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The Art of the Pin-Up

The Art of the Pin-Up

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Oct 2014
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Pin-up art's roots lay in post-Victorian England and began, according to some, as a positive affirmation of feminine beauty that rejected the shame associated with physicality during the Victorian period. Those who disagree point to the objectification of women and claim this work demeans them. Regardless of your opinion, there is no debate as to the mastery of the artists behind the work.

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The Speed and Motion of the Classic Motorcycle

The Speed and Motion of the Classic Motorcycle

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Oct 2014
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Motorcycle use exploded in the earlier part of the twentieth century. Spurring it on were talented designers and illustrators such as Messrs. Georges Hamel, Roger Pérot, and Max Ponty who worked for advertising firms. Almost invariably, their art captured the excitement of rushing through the wind with the rest of the world whizzing by at a standstill.

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Before Driving One, Familiarize Yourself with the First Skyline

Before Driving One, Familiarize Yourself with the First Skyline

By Petrolicious Productions / 12 Sep 2014
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Before the 600hp monster that is the Nissan GT-R NISMO, the R32, the Hakosuka, even before Nissan and Prince merged, came the Prince Skyline in 1957. It sported a lowly 1.5L 60hp engine and looked to all the world like a slimmed-down General Motors knock-off. But in spite of its derivative appearance it showcased Japanese manufacturing prowess to the world...

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Tag! You're It, Go Travel!

Tag! You're It, Go Travel!

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Sep 2014

Before the mass-media age exploded in the late 1950s, advertising was much more limited in its reach. Tourism destinations relied mostly on magazines and radio. But even then, smaller resorts and hotels were limited in their budgets and reach. Hence they couldn't easily reach those who might be inclined to travel.

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Vintage Bicycle Posters Foreshadow Car Ads

Vintage Bicycle Posters Foreshadow Car Ads

By Petrolicious Productions / 22 Aug 2014
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In fact, according to some estimates bicycle ads accounted for over ten percent of all advertising in periodicals during the late 1890s. This may be, but much like vintage automotive advertising we can't help but admire the art, wonderful layouts, and fonts.

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These Stylish Airline Posters Make Us Want to Fly

These Stylish Airline Posters Make Us Want to Fly

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Aug 2014
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In the beginning, planes transported mail. Mr. Juan Trippe, the head of Pan Am, thought by transporting passengers as well he might increase profits. Soon Pan Am established regular passenger routes that led to a revolution in travel. Trips that had previously taken weeks by ship were now accomplished in days.

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Is Holiday the Greatest Travel Magazine?

Is Holiday the Greatest Travel Magazine?

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Aug 2014
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Ted wanted to get America hooked on the idea that the world, and its experiences were there for us to discover. You just had to get out and see what was waiting for you. Holiday wasn’t counter culture, but it wasn’t mainstream either. It just reveled in idealized beauty, as its founding editor, J. Frank Beaman said in his dedication, “HOLIDAY is... for all of those who see 'go' signs on the horizon..."

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Fitz and Van Are The Man, Err, Men

Fitz and Van Are The Man, Err, Men

By Petrolicious Productions / 1 Aug 2014
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Do you remember when Pontiac was a brand? Heck, do you (or can you) remember when they were actually desirable? Yeah it was a while ago. But Messrs. Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman are a big part of the reason that Pontiac was very much in demand through the 1960s and early 1970s. They were a creative team with Fitz drawing the cars and Van the scenery and people.

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You Are Shore to Love These Vintage Surf Ads!

You Are Shore to Love These Vintage Surf Ads!

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Jul 2014
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"Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how…" Those immortal words helped mainstream a sport once limited to a few select beaches around the Pacific. As the sport's popularity grew, so too did the associated culture, which was about a fun, outdoor, bohemian lifestyle.

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Schooner or Later You Should Check out these Swell Posters

Schooner or Later You Should Check out these Swell Posters

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Jul 2014
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Even if you’d never even heard of the Gaspé Peninsula when you woke up that morning, you’d likely leave the office that day with tickets in hand after seeing a poster’s promise of maritime adventures in that far-flung corner of Quebec. That’s the magic of these vintage posters: with their striking colors and dramatic lettering, they could have made the other side of the street seem alluring.

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Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Jul 2014
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No, the zero-to-sixty time isn't remarkable nowadays, but it wasn't back then either. And frankly, you were probably better off using a calendar to measure this little Honda's acceleration than a stop-watch. But it was fun, didn't cost a fortune, and helped introduce much of the world to Hondas as cars.

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Give Nostalgic Summer Fun a (Tilt-A-) Whirl

Give Nostalgic Summer Fun a (Tilt-A-) Whirl

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Jul 2014

Remember summer road trips of days past to amusement parks? These postcards remind us of rides that are painted in every color of the rainbow, spin and whiz by at dizzying speed, and leave us exhilarated, wanting to hit the road or just cross town with the family piled into the car to enjoy some summer fun. See you on the Cyclone!

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