Monday, October 30, 2006

March 1971 Gay Women's Wear

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An article on what gay women are wearing from issue 10.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

eBay Alert!

There are two more issues of Rags currently available on eBay. Both auctions end on October 31st.

June 1971 Jon Carroll's Wedding

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Jon Carroll's story about his wedding. This is great, Jon. Very poignant and bittersweet. Maybe you can bring us up to date about what has happened since.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Nov. 1970 Pull Tab Vest

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Article by Laura Torbet on how to make a vest out of pull tabs from beer or soft drink cans. There's a great photo of Laura circa 1975 wearing the vest on her website.

Friday, October 20, 2006

June 1970 Maureen Mubeem Tie-Dye

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An article written by Baron about Maureen Mubeem, an early tie-dye artist. I guess this was before Procion dyes were available, and she was using aniline vat dyes. Great colors, but very toxic.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Aug. 1970 Alternative Capitalism

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This article makes my heart ache a bit when I read it. I would so like to be part of a community like this. I wonder what has happened to Roslyn, Long Island since. Free Sunday afternoon rock concerts in the park, starting with Ritchie Havens? Whoa!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sept. 1970 Landlubber Ad

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Landlubber reality ad from the back cover of issue 4. No street address on Landlubber's mailing address? Would a letter really get there without it?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Jan. 1971 Visionary Clothing

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An article on Debra Papoport's master's thesis done through the textiles department at UC Berkeley.

Monday, October 09, 2006

eBay Alert!

Eight issues of Rags are up for auction on eBay, including the hard-to-find issue preceding the first issue -- the Dummy Copy. The auctions end on October 13th and 14th, and so far there aren't any bids on any of them.

In case you're wondering, I'm not the one selling these magazines. I wouldn't part with my copies of Rags for anything! I just offer this information as a service for others who are interested in collecting vintage Rags.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

July 1970 Shoe Make-Over

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An article on shoe painting from the second issue of Rags. I don't know if Lady Esquire Instant Shoe Coloring is still available, but textile paints might make a good substitute. I've also used regular acrylic paint on shoes, and it holds up well.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

June 1970 On The Street

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Street fashion from the first issue of Rags.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

June 1970 Masthead

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This is the first page from the first issue of Rags. It includes Baron Wolman's introduction to the magazine, as well as a list of the original staff. Note the art directors, one of whom was artist Barbara Kruger.