Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Horror Of The Seventies

These 46 photos represent just a small part of the awfulness that was 1970s America.

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jolie (#16)

I don't see the problem here, everyone was thin and the cars were sweet.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

@jolie And New York City was still "authentic," somehow.

jolie (#16)

@Astigmatism I'm enjoying the shot of the youths from the "neighborhood of poor white southerners" IN CHICAGO.

@jolie : re. your first comment, seriously, get out of my head.

Alternate take : but behind these pictures lurks the real unseen horror … HARVEST GOLD KITCHEN APPLIANCES.

freetzy (#7,018)

@jolie A cab driver once told me that you used to hear all the roosters crowing at dawn in Uptown because of all the Appalachians in the neighborhood.

RonMwangaguhung (#3,697)

@jolie the 70s were not without a certain seedy charm

jolie (#16)

@RonMwangaguhung something something Regal Beagle

Abe Sauer (#148)

thing looks like more modern thing

Yes, let's get rid of the EPA.

freetzy (#7,018)

"Smoke and gas from the burning of discarded automobile batteries pours into the sky near Houston, Texas in July of 1972."

In the '70s, burning batteries was like driving drunk. It was just something everyone did.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@freetzy Oops. Were we not supposed to do that?

freetzy (#7,018)

Also, apparently, in the 1970s, Las Vegas looked like the Breezewood exit on the Penn. turnpike.

Maevemealone (#968)

@freetzy That was my first thought! But then the mountains ruined it.

jfruh (#713)

The most shocking picture in that whole set is a judge biking to work like some kind of hippie anarchist.

DMcK (#5,027)

Also, this.

queensissy (#1,783)

So, that train… is that in storage or something? We could use a couple of those, right?

DMcK (#5,027)

@queensissy I think it's a vegan cafe now.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@queensissy Seriously! It's 40 years later, and the best train we've got is Acela?

DMcK (#5,027)

@Mr. B Oh, THAT train. Not the one festooned with vintage "street art" and "poetically depressed dudes".

Mr. B (#10,093)

@DMcK Who are you quoting there? Heh, that photo should be shown to anyone who still waxes nostalgic about the glory days of tagging.

DMcK (#5,027)

@Mr. B Sorry, smog in my eyes

@DMcK : I'd pay good money to see a tagged-up Acela.

LondonLee (#922)

The way things are going I'll be expecting to see a similar set of pictures of the 2070s

@LondonLee : The way things are going, I don't think either of us is going to live that long.

cruiskeen lawn (#1,794)

I'm getting tired of 1970s balloon logging nostalgia.

Remember, it was all served up in a rich stagflation sauce.

Rollo (#3,202)

Bad times = good music (see: Detroit)

Doug Henwood (#6,729)

Yeah, things are so much better now!

I would trade the entire Vampire Weekend and Foster the People catalouge combined for any one of those cars in photo 21

freetzy (#7,018)

@richardrushfield Speaking of cars, #32 looks like the cover of "Merriweather Post Pavilion."

Slapdash (#174)

I try to be charitable, but when I hear about people (invariably 'conservatives') say they want to get rid of the EPA, I find myself thinking "you're mentally retarded". And I don't mean that as an insult. It's more like a clinical diagnosis.

In the same way you can have functional drunks, you can have functional idiots. The difference is that the drunks are more fun to hang out with, and much better for the ducks.

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