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#1 2017-05-26 20:45:38

Berkeley_Breathes
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Ivy Time Machine

Don't know if anyone else will be interested in this... but here goes...

All of us here are drawn to different elements of Ivy, pre-Ivy, post-Ivy, whatever you want to call it... And we like to look at photos of famous people or places as inspiration... But what about the everyday? What if you could get in a time machine and go back to your personal favorite moment on the Ivy spectrum, as an everyday guy? What kind of house would you want to live in, or what car would you want to drive? What TV shows would you want to watch, or records to listen to? Etc...

I think I would like to go back to 1962... JFK is still alive, Carson starts at the Tonight Show... Playboy is publishing some great ads, which I promise I haven't forgotten about and will upload in the next couple of days... 

I'd happily live in Design C 2355 out in the suburbs somewhere, ideally on a coast (and ideally my birth state of California, if I'm really going to have that swimming pool)...
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/fe/df/4d/fedf4d84954036c12dde458ec9665c09.jpg

I'd throw Sinatra or Mel Torme on the turntable at dinner parties... when I had time to really listen I could check out lots of new records from Bill Evans, plus Herbie Hancock's debut and Sonny Rollins's return... their sounds would float out to me as I lounged by the pool of Design C 2355 and read Travels With Charley, The Thin Red Line, A Murder of Quality, or maybe the new Bond (although I hope I'd be more progressive than that)... Then in the evening I could go see The Longest Day, The Manchurian Candidate, The Music Man... and I wish I could have driven there in a Porsche 356

http://www.ridelust.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/1962Porsche356_2.jpg

...but I'd settle for a Ford:

https://i1.wp.com/www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1962-Ford-Line-Folder-04.jpg

There's so much more I could (and probably will) add... but this'll do for starters...

Add your pure escapism below... Feel free to add a healthy dose of rose-colored glasses... obviously in an ideal world we could go back to these times in their best iteration, without the injustices and other sad and all-too-real truths of history... We spend a lot of fun times here looking at the lives of others in the past, let's put ourselves in there! Any time, any place...


Bertie: "What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?"
Jeeves: "There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter."

 

#2 2017-05-29 02:22:16

woofboxer
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From: Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex
Posts: 6111

Re: Ivy Time Machine

Perhaps if Kim Jong-un keeps up his nonsense there'll be a market for these again ......


http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z406/woofboxer/IMG_1097_zps1ojk33un.jpg


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#3 2017-05-29 03:09:49

woofboxer
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

Okay lets put a Brit spin on this game.....

Back before the advent of traffic jams I would have been happy commuting into my advertising job in Soho from here:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z406/woofboxer/IMG_1098_zpsqxdcyrrw.jpg

These houses had a garage and a car port. So once I had been there for a few years and got on top of the mortgage I would probably treat myself to one of these for the garage:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z406/woofboxer/IMG_1096_zpsivmzrpz5.jpg


Timewise, I'm jumping around a bit here, but then if you've got a time machine you can do that! So I would shoot forward a few years and park one of these in the car port:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z406/woofboxer/IMG_1101_zpsgjovolug.jpg


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#4 2017-05-29 10:51:56

farrago
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

That floor plan and drawing look suspiciously like an Eichler that one can find in the Bay Area, over in Marin County or down the peninsula, where the weather allows one to enjoy a swimming pool. A job in downtown SF, when you could expect a hassle free commute and easy parking. A Karmann Ghia in the garage. Or an early BMW 320. Martinis pre dinner. Bewitched. Get Smart. Bonanza. Twelve O'Clock High. I Dream Of Jeannie. All rather mid 60s-ish.
Perhaps Billax will chime in with his deep knowledge of the modern style and of Eichlers in the SF Bay Area.

 

#5 2017-05-29 11:08:01

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8p3b1NVsq1qgauczo1_1280.jpg


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#6 2017-05-30 21:37:20

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

woofboxer wrote:

Okay lets put a Brit spin on this game.....

Back before the advent of traffic jams I would have been happy commuting into my advertising job in Soho from here:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z40 … dcyrrw.jpg

These houses had a garage and a car port. So once I had been there for a few years and got on top of the mortgage I would probably treat myself to one of these for the garage:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z40 … mzrpz5.jpg


Timewise, I'm jumping around a bit here, but then if you've got a time machine you can do that! So I would shoot forward a few years and park one of these in the car port:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z40 … ovolug.jpg

Love it woof... Jump around to your heart's content, I think that Saab is a very underrated car as far as appearance...

Saw this, slightly better house view...
http://www.bungalowjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Renway-4.jpg

So much out there on US developments in this period, I really don't know much about the UK equivalents...


Bertie: "What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?"
Jeeves: "There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter."

 

#7 2017-05-30 21:38:08

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

Holy cow, stan... Paradise indeed...


Bertie: "What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?"
Jeeves: "There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter."

 

#8 2017-05-30 21:46:52

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

farrago wrote:

That floor plan and drawing look suspiciously like an Eichler that one can find in the Bay Area, over in Marin County or down the peninsula, where the weather allows one to enjoy a swimming pool. A job in downtown SF, when you could expect a hassle free commute and easy parking. A Karmann Ghia in the garage. Or an early BMW 320. Martinis pre dinner. Bewitched. Get Smart. Bonanza. Twelve O'Clock High. I Dream Of Jeannie. All rather mid 60s-ish.
Perhaps Billax will chime in with his deep knowledge of the modern style and of Eichlers in the SF Bay Area.

Twelve O'Clock High! I know the film and totally forgot there was a series... Kind of bizarre when you think about it. I do have a soft spot for the Karmann Ghia now that you mention it...

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/63ghia_adreprints/10.jpg

I love Eichlers, and that whole mid-century modern house style... Something like this:
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/KSaE2_cmkyoooxXvubbd2zexPjA=/0x312:3000x2000/1200x675/filters:focal(187x0:2853x2000)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/51224317/House_Calls_Palo_Alto_Keeler_exterior_76A9983.0.0.jpg

Or this:
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a0/ea/02/a0ea020d91ace26a139320f33280fdd8.jpg


Bertie: "What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?"
Jeeves: "There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter."

 

#9 2017-05-31 00:07:55

woofboxer
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From: Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex
Posts: 6111

Re: Ivy Time Machine

Berkeley_Breathes wrote:

I do have a soft spot for the Karmann Ghia now that you mention

John Simons used to drive one I believe, incredibly stylish car.


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#10 2017-05-31 09:29:48

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/c9/98/95/c9989511eff38892ac9c163e41163423.jpg


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#11 2017-05-31 09:32:28

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-gNI97I0GR5E/UEhQgGE3W8I/AAAAAAAAcYU/HCCNP41VUWc/1st-mcdonald-0%25255B2%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#12 2017-05-31 09:38:38

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1055/1474235597_ff4a1a27e7_o.jpg


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#13 2017-06-02 08:00:48

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ab/c6/10/abc6107fc02fb78a7152d98c3f09b663.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6026/5904051710_1f76195c40_b.jpg


Bertie: "What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?"
Jeeves: "There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter."

 

#14 2017-06-07 10:43:27

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://media.bizj.us/view/img/764991/action-office-1960s*750.jpg


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#15 2017-06-12 14:50:55

woofboxer
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Posts: 6111

Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z406/woofboxer/IMG_1134_zpsjutbypvp.jpg

All about the Renway Construction Company who built Eichler style bungalows on their developments in South East England in the 1960s


http://www.bungalowjournal.com/the-renw … T5BJlTTWhA


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#16 2017-06-13 02:05:47

Horace
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

The chair in number in the foreground of the photo #10 is being made again.  By the original maker.  In that shade of (apparently original) green.  I'll see if I can find the catalog.  Just noticed it the other day.


""This is probably the last Deb season...because of the stock market, the economy, Everything..." - W. Stillman.

 

#17 2017-06-13 17:56:15

Son of Patrick
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

Berkeley_Breathes, you hit it with the houseplans.

I used to love Eichlers until I actually saw them in real life. They're much too small for this hoarder. But I still love their style, and the indoor-outdoor courtyard. MCM all the way, baby.

 

#18 2017-06-14 14:25:53

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://forums.filmnoirbuff.com/uploads/275_rpcopy.jpg


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#19 2017-06-14 14:30:27

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://www.christies.com/media-library/images/features/articles/2016/04/01/mid-century-modern/connecticut.jpg?w=780http://www.christies.com/media-library/images/features/articles/2016/04/01/mid-century-modern/connecticut.jpg?w=780


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#20 2017-06-15 13:41:10

RobbieB
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

stanshall wrote:

http://www.christies.com/media-library/ … .jpg?w=780http://www.christies.com/media-library/images/features/articles/2016/04/01/mid-century-modern/connecticut.jpg?w=780

Ah, I just love the hyperbolic paraboloid roof. Back in the 70's I was taught how to design this and other thin shell structures. Our Structural Engineering courses were all about using materials efficiently. It turned out that all the cost was in the Labour and not the materials. This meant that, sadly, none of us got to design such structures in the real world. I have been thinking that I should go ahead and build my own small 'folly' just for the hell of it.


'I am a closet optimist' Leonard Cohen.

 

#21 2017-06-15 14:12:34

Son of Patrick
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

This stuff was definitely the high point. I want it all to come back.

Looking around at ANY new housing development in the USA, I feel revulsion. It's all complete trash. Ugly tasteless nightmares, a way of life not worth defending.

 

#22 2017-06-16 12:18:23

RobbieB
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

Son of Patrick wrote:

This stuff was definitely the high point. I want it all to come back.

Looking around at ANY new housing development in the USA, I feel revulsion. It's all complete trash. Ugly tasteless nightmares, a way of life not worth defending.

I feel the same way about volume house builders in the UK. What is being produced has no architectural merit whatsoever. I would never buy a new house in the UK. The architects that I know all seem to prefer to live in Georgian or Victorian buildings that have been renovated for the 21st Century.


'I am a closet optimist' Leonard Cohen.

 

#23 2017-06-17 17:47:06

Son of Patrick
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

RobbieB wrote:

Son of Patrick wrote:

This stuff was definitely the high point. I want it all to come back.

Looking around at ANY new housing development in the USA, I feel revulsion. It's all complete trash. Ugly tasteless nightmares, a way of life not worth defending.

I feel the same way about volume house builders in the UK. What is being produced has no architectural merit whatsoever.

That's so sad to hear, but not surprising. I noticed this rotten uglification of America back in the 90s when all the cool old stuff started being torn down. And as time went by and we lost more and more stuff, I thought "Well at least it's still nice in Europe," but I came to realize that no, I'm sure it's exactly the same in Europe, this is globalization and it's going on everywhere.

I would never buy a new house in the UK. The architects that I know all seem to prefer to live in Georgian or Victorian buildings that have been renovated for the 21st Century.

They can dish it out but they can't take it.

 

#24 2017-06-19 17:15:31

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

GIBRALTAR ROOM RESTAURANT, INTERIOR WINDOW ON MICHIGAN, PRUDENTIAL BUILDING, CHICAGO, ca. 1960

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zPzhLfNokfo/VONuhoJPFsI/AAAAAAABBgo/7WuRDOk0gKE/s1600/POSTCARD%2B-%2BCHICAGO%2B-%2BPRUDENTIAL%2BBUILDING%2B-%2BGIBRALTER%2BROOM%2BRESTAURANT%2B-%2BINTERIOR%2B-%2BWINDOW%2BON%2BMICHIGAN%2B-%2Bc1960.jpg


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

#25 2017-06-20 09:40:23

stanshall
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Re: Ivy Time Machine

http://images.adsttc.com/media/images/55e8/9efe/6c9d/b5f8/f300/00d4/large_jpg/brucegrahama3-copy-2-1.jpg?1441308404


"bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay"

 

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