Retro Travel 

Two great Route 66 Exhibits in New Mexico – Catch them before they’re gone!

Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road Until October 2nd at the Albuquerque History Museum and conceived in honor of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, this exhibition celebrates the art, history and popular culture of the iconic Mother Road. Too often the history of Route 66 in Albuquerque has been overlooked, even though our city sits at the center of the Southwestern leg of the route and boasts, at 16 miles, the longest single-city urban stretch of the highway in the nation. We are also the only…

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Lifestyle 

Review: It’s a Mod Mod Mystery! (or two!)

We’re behind on our book reviews and yet we’ve read some fabulous ones lately! If you’re a cozy mystery fan and love to dream of fabulous mid-century decor and fashion, Diane’s books are for you! I already reviewed her first book in this series “Pillow Stalk” but haven’t had a chance to tell you about the next two in the series! “That Touch of Ink”,  (as usual the title is a spoof on a Doris Day movie “That Touch of Mink”! 🙂 ) puts our heroine, interior decorator Madison Night…

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Lifestyle 

Our favorite retro television holiday specials

A Facebook post reminded us that some of our favorite holiday specials were released in the 1960’s. We thought we’d walk you down memory lane with us: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer is a long-running Christmas television special produced in stop-motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It originally aired on NBC on December 6, 1964, and is now the world’s longest-running and highest-rated television special of all time. Fun fact from IMDB: When the film was first released, in 1964, the technology of using an articulated metal armature inside…

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Lifestyle 

Koop Kooper, the swank meister of the airwaves

A week ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Koop Kooper of Cocktail Nation, if you haven’t checked out his podcast and radio show, I suggest you hop right over and check it out, there’s a list of stations his show is available on and you can listen to back episodes on his website. As you sit around an listen to his show, you can also thumb through his book of interviews. Included in the interviews are great chats with El Gato Gomez (one of my favorite artists…

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Lifestyle 

Review: Pillow Stalk, Mad for Mod Cozy Mystery

We haven’t done book reviews on Mid-Century style yet, but perhaps that’s because we didn’t know “Pillow Stalk” was out there.   Written by Diane Vallere, this book is custom made for Mid-Century fanatics who enjoy a good cozy mystery! Born on the same date, Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after Doris Day, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local hunky and mysterious detective connects the new crimes to…

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Architecture 

Underground house for sale – another cold war bunker, but with style!

If you’re looking for another unique cold war home, you can’t get any better than this. Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson built a 6,000 square foot luxurious underground home near the Alexander Dawson (named after his father Alexander Dawson Henderson, along with the Alexander Dawson schools) buildings in Las Vegas where he lived . Henderson, made his fortune through various companies, including Avon cosmetics and Gulfstream aircraft, and was fascinated with the idea of living underground. In an area where outdoor temperatures reach 115 degrees, the underground house concept in Las…

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: Desert Hills Motel, Tulsa, OK

The neon green cactus sign welcomes guests to the Desert Hills Motel, a charming mid-century getaway along the Tulsa, Ok stretch of Route 66. Built in 1953, the building is laid out so that all of the rooms are built on angles. This unique design optimizes the amount of room space, so that there are large rooms for the relatively small location. All rooms have been recently remodeled to ensure guest comfort and enjoyment. Amenities include free HBO and local phone calls, guest laundry facilities, and access to kitchenettes. Rooms…

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The expansion of Mid-Century Style

We’ve finally gotten organized and launched Mid-Century Motels! It’s still in it’s infant stages, but look for posts over the next few weeks with more motels and more pictures! Please let me know if there are motels you’ve stayed at that should be highlighted. I’m going to be scouring the internet, but I’d love input on your favorite spots. I also am proud to be the new  National Mid Century Design Examiner! I can’t wait to explore Mid-Century style and get input from all of you over in that forum!…

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Go in our place! Two events – San Diego and Denver

We are still getting settled, so bear with us while we get organized. However, there are two events I didn’t want you to miss: This upcoming weekend in San Diego is the  Tiki Oasis Extravaganza – sounds like a ton of fun! If someone goes, please send me some photos! It looks like a lot of the events are sold out, so can’t wait to hear how fabulous it is! Here in Denver, the last Saturday of August is the 2010 Arapahoe Acres Home tour information available on the MidMod…

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Pat Boone needs YOU! (spread this around)

I got a wonderful email on Flickr this morning from Gaston Hinostroza Project Development Director at Magic Hair Studios and he has a heartfelt requests from all of you mid century nuts: “I need nuclear family. homes, teens, hop, dances, record buying youth 1957-1964 pics for PBS special We are producing a “Pledge Break” special for PBS highlighting performances on the ‘Pat Boone Show’ that aired between 1957 and 1963. The documentary will feature musical clips from Pat’s show and duets with the various performers who appeared on the show….

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