Photo: Shannon Brooke Imagery Hair: Mavis Mayhem
Growing up during the Rockabilly revival in the 1980’s Kirsty Wallett, aka France Flathead , was surrounded by vintage cars, fashion and music.
So it’s not surprising that as an adult she found herself living a vintage life.
But even still, like so many of us, it has been an interesting journey.
It was while living in rural Austria that Waltraud Reiner remembers her first hat.
Even though it belonged to traditional dress, it was considered “out there” because of it’s vibrant red colour.
But that wasn’t where she fell in love with hats. That happened years later in Australia.
This week we are taking a virtual tour of Australia’s longest running milk bar.
You might expect it to be based in Sydney or Melbourne but that’s not the case. This piece of history can be found in the remote mining town of Broken Hill.
So pull up a chair and get ready to devour a milkshake at Bells Milk Bar.
Miller-Stockman catalogue 1946 – note the ‘Welcome home’ message to WWII returned service folk.
Saddle up guys and dolls we are heading into the wild wild west.
In episode 18 we are focusing on vintage western wear because we have found someone who is a keen collector.
We are featuring our first international guest on This Retro Life.
It’s something we want to do more of this year, so if you know someone from anywhere in the world we should talk to or you want to know more about their vintage story then let us know! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a line on our Facebook page.
OK now its time to introduce Miss Charlotte Cake a vintage doll from New Zealand!
Sarah Frare and Susie Gipton
This week we sit down with two vintage lovers!
Even the kids were getting into the Elvis swing!
What a week we had at the Parkes Elvis Festival! This was my 5th Elvis festival and each year I have fallen more and more in love with it.
For me my first trip started for work. As a reporter in the central west region of NSW this was in the heart of my coverage area but it was love at first sight.
Lost in the 50’s museum
When you walk through the doors of Lost in the 50’s museum in Newcastle NSW you are instantly taken back to the 1950’s.