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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Keep on Truckin': 1975

Keep on Truckin': 1975

January 1975. My nephew James, at 15 no longer Jimmy, has discovered long hair, rock 'n' roll, and black light posters. This is in his bedroom in Novato, California, captured by me on 35mm Kodacolor II. That's him in the lower left, in case you missed him, like I did until I first scanned this neg a couple years ago. View full size.

I just bought a 1975

Ford F150 that has been sitting in a field for 14 years. It has a "Keep on Truckin" bumper sticker on it still….
On another note, I was removing the bumper recently, as I am doing a body off resto on the truck, and dropped it on my foot and broke it. (the foot, not the bumper)
The truck is going to be for my daughters 16th bday in July 2014. The frame is being powder coated this week. I'm crazy excited to give her a "brand new" 1975 truck. This also brings back cool memories of the posters in the 70's. Thanks.

Likewise

Looks a LOT like my room circa 1972...I had the LSD poster, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk...and all that. Brings back memories!

Some of us never grow up

Oh man, now that's cool!

Black lights, posters, incense and hanging out at Spencer Gifts. Yeah, that was me too. Yeah. I'm still into it; Mad, R.Crumb, old rock, fragrant sticks of incense and other oddness. I'm just too weird to give it up.

My room, too!

Yeah, that looks a lot like my room in Arlington, Texas in the 70's! I wish I still had all that stuff!

Spencer Gifts

Then there is that store in every mall called Spencer Gifts that *always* had the black lights, strobe lights, mirror lights, lava lamps, and posters on display in the back. I couldn't wait to have my own money to buy all that!

Psychedelic dreams

Our local Target store at that time had a separate room just off the entrance which sold only the record albums of the day and all sorts of black light posters and was completely bathed in just funky black lights, disco balls and flashing multicolor rotating lamps which would cause anyone to feel they were "tripping out" just by being in there. My kids were teens at the time and once took my elderly mother in there to which she reiterated the old phrase "These kids today are all hopped up on goofballs" which now cracks us all up every time we hear it since I believe that was actually coined in the era of beatniks back in the '50s (When I was young). We still say it now and then just to remind ourselves that every new generation has their own trends and fads which the older generations are not tuned into. Life goes on...

I remember...

Brings back a ton of memories about my 3rd floor attic room posters. I had the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD), Led Zep, and various psychedelic designs. Numerous hours of air guitar listening to my portable LP player (Grand Funk, Led Zep, Blue Oyster Cult...).

Those flocking posters

I had a summer job in a poster warehouse about a year after this picture was taken; we took pallets of the flat posters, rolled them, stuffed them in those long plastic sleeves, and distributed them to various retail places. A machine handled most of the rolling automatically, but if it couldn't keep up we had long spindles turned by a motor and controlled by a foot pedal for hand rolling. And the flocked posters all had to be hand rolled. I had to do it a could of times, and it was awful: the flocking of course went everywhere-- nasty, itchy stuff. The could of women who did most of the hand rolling would bundle themselves up in smocks and masks for those, but since I was sixteen I couldn't be bothered with that.

A year ago one of our computers had to be rebuilt and I ended up at the store in the aisle with all the tubing and fluorescent dyes to make it glow. I almost had a '70s flashback.

This picture is, like, so

This picture is, like, so far out man. It is too groovy for words. I'm just going to send you the positive vibes.

Re: James at 15

I also remember James at 16. Lance Kerwin.

Oh the Memories

My brother and I shared a room and had our friends over for a painting party. We painted the walls and ceiling flat black and installed a black light on the ceiling. Then all our friends painted what they wanted in fluorescent colors.

Poor Mom. I made it up to her several years later when my friends and I paneled the room. There is a big surprise under that paneling that someone had to have found sometime in the early 1980's.

I'm having a flashback here

Oh man, Keep on Trucking, the Fabulous Furry Freak Bros., Fat Freddy's Cat, Mr. Natural and Rudy the D*** - ah, my misspent youth.

Keep on Truckin'

I had the same poster. My friend's irises turn a weird milky colour under blacklights. One of the local nightspots has blacklights and we checked everyone's eyes and of 100+ people, hers were the only ones that did that. Very strange.

Sorry Mr. Crumb

That "Keep on Truckin" poster looks like one of the many unlicensed knockoffs that bedeviled R. Crumb at that point in his career.

Trippy

My mom wouldn't let me have a black light since she was convinced that I would either go blind or get cancer from the ultraviolet light.

I actually do have a neon black light that works but haven't set it up anywhere due to fear of our kids breaking it.

James at 15

Anyone remember the TV show from that era?

I saved one item.

Almost all of it got lost to The Cleaning Mom, relocations, marriage (to, of all people, The Cleaning Wife), and attic roof leaks, but I still have an original 1969 green Lava Lamp in perfect operating condition. It has a place of honor on my computer desk and, since it takes about 2 hours to warm up, is used on long winter weekend evenings.

No need for bleach

One good thing about black lights: they make your teeth whiter than white!

The Posters

I still actually have all those posters, I save freakin' everything.. part of the legacy.. :-) .. and yes, my room was a homage to rockstars I admired and blacklight posters.. anyone remember the Wheaties blacklight poster with the Zig Zag man running?

Black Velvet Memories

For a second there I was right back in my 15 year old self's bedroom with the black velvet black light posters and disco lights. Man, oh, man the 70's were made of funky.

Hey that's my room!

... in 1970. On Commack, Long Island.

Alfred E. Summed It Up

I well remember when I "achieved" my age of discovery. Everything was under control, or so I thought. My contemporaries and I all had the same mantra: "What, Me Worry?"

What, Me Worry?

I remember the black light fad of the 70's very well. I new some folks that had whole rooms devoted to those posters and their music.

In the Black of the Light

Good Gawd Gertie!

There's a 'collectible' fortune in black light posters on those walls....

I had the Disney-themed "Ain't Gonna Work on Dizzy's Farm No More" poster, among others - of course the publisher was soon firebombed out of existence by the Mouse's corporate lawyers - I was maybe James' age when I got them, and the lovely un-filtered UV lamps to "power" them - how lucky I am to still have my vision intact and my skin cancer-free - oh man, the ozone those things made...!

Anyway, later on, a Female with whom I was experiencing a permanently deteriorating relationship decamped from our shared abode one afternoon, in the process relieving me of some of my cash, ALL of my stash, and a selection of my posessions - among them: those posters.

Noelle - if you happen to read this - it's been nearly 40 years babe - keep the rest of the Stuff - but gimme back my posters already!

tterrace = the Garrison Keillor of Larkspur

 
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