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Nowadays, graffiti is an art form that can be found in the collections of major museums and cultural institutions throughout the world, but back in the ’70s and ’80s, it was considered a symbol of urban blight and lawlessness in the city. In July 1985, mustached WPIX reporter Alec Roberts spoke to some New Yorkers […]

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Osvaldo “OJ” Jimenez, aka SLUTLUST, is the co-owner of La Petite Mort, a Lower East Side lifestyle shop that sells, among other things, vintage rap t-shirts from the ‘80s and ‘90s. On June 3rd, OJ got a weird surprise in his email inbox: a cease-and-desist from the legal team of ’90s R&B group Jodeci, a […]

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These adorable sysadmin posters dug up by Redditor evandena remind you of all the things you should know. Get a better password. Information is valuable and stuff. Back-up your shit already. Why are we even having this conversation? C:/DOS vintage graphics though, oomph. (Images: Reddit) […]

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Sixteen-year-old Annalisa Hartlaub, a possible usurper of Tavi’s teenage fashion queendom, has clearly worked out how to become an internet darling overnight — nostalgia. Don’t just appeal to one group of olds, hit ’em all! For a photo class project, Hartlaub took selfies to the next level, styling herself as a counter-cultural archetype, twice for each […]

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The New York Public Library just released an embarrassment of riches for cartography nerds everywhere: the institution’s collection of 20,000 vintage maps are now free to download and use in ridiculously high resolution. There’s plenty of vintage NYC goodness to peruse, and maps from other cities as well. The full-res section of this circa-1855 map […]

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Here are some classic vintage mugshots of “all round thieves,” “warehousebreakers” and “bad characters” from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums via the World’s Best Ever. Their general olde timey-ness is amusing, but the fanciful descriptions of their “marks” are fascinating: “Heart, clasped hands, Ture Love, Evelyn;” “extensively tattooed forearms and hands;” “8 dots tatt. left forearm;” “blue dot between […]

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These types of Australian mugshots resurface once in awhile, but this batch of face / full body diptychs is the most gorgeous set I’ve ever seen. They were shot in the ’20s and discovered in ’89. They’re actually 4-by-6-inch glass plate negatives. That means one giant bulky camera and lots of set-up. The most proper of […]

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Since there’s nothing newsworthy happening in the world right now except for the summertime conditions in New York City being too summery, here’re some vintage air conditioner ads. They harken back to an era when the ubiquitous appliance that we all take so easily for granted, was still quite the marvel of technology. The ads […]

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ANIMAL has been hot for Lepos: The Primary Invasion clips since the start, so we talked to the man behind these vintage video game x graffiti mash-ups after he dropped this 6th reel featuring CES and REVOK in the LES. Lepos‘ ten-year writing run ended in 2003, but he still has love for graffiti. So, what does CES think […]

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This is not your usual nostalgic vintage photo cruise around the pre-Disneyfication Times Square. These photos of hustlers, lively gaggles of polyester-draped prostitutes, currency flashing pimps and giddy porn shop boys wielding swords for kicks were taken by Bill Butterworth — friend of said hustlers, prostitues and porn shop boys. The rapport here is much more Nan […]

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