Friday, January 20, 2012

That 70's Look

Tech students living off campus in 1975

The 70's had a look of it's own in terms of fashion and grooming.  It was much less flamboyant than the hippie scene, not quite farmer or trucker, with somewhat of a "livin' off the land" or "don't need no fancy threads" attitude.

The bar scene inside Mr. Fooz  -  demin, flannel, and  hair
Shopping was pretty easy since the wardrobes seem to consist of various ages and colors of jeans.  Completing the ensemble meant flannel or cotton shirts, and either sneakers or boots.  That was about it.  I think everyone owned a jeans jacket too, probably a Levis or Wrangler.

The guys still mostly sported long hair and if you were walking behind a group of young folks you might be hard pressed to tell male from female from the rear.   Even though when you think of the term "grunge" you immediately think of the 1980's and punk bands, etc, but the 1970's had a grunge of it's own.

A warm house and a couple of extra refrigerators
Living conditions weren't all that different from the style of dress.  No offense to the younger generation of today but it seemed like our standards were a hell of a lot lower back then, and we didn't even care.  In fact I liked my crappy basement apartment on Roanoke Street.  It was so dark down there we even hung a sign outside our door that read "The Edge of Night".

Some of our friends lived at Terrace View one year and it seemed like pretty fancy living to me.  They had green shag carpet and kitchen appliances to match.  Yee-ha.


  1. I lived in a basement apartment on Roanoke Street too! 432 I think was my address?

  2. Mine was 505 East Roanoke Street, a big brick house on a knoll next to the trailer park, before you reached the cemetery. It's still there but has a new address and is surrounded by apartment buildings.

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  4. I lived out at Mt. Tabor Apartments just north west of town then at Stonegate. My (now) wife lived in the Red Barn summer of 1970, The barn was pretty basic, but Mt. Tabor was good and cheap.

  5. Many of these photos were taken in my backyard on Lucas Drive. Rago, Brian, Gloria,

  6. Many of these photos were taken in my backyard on Lucas Drive. Rago, Brian, Gloria,