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Vespa Visions

January 12, 2015

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Happy Monday everyone.

After recently watching half of the final series (7) of Madmen, and whilst eagerly awaiting the next 7 episodes, I’ve been missing my hit of the 1950’s/1960’s retro vision. So I decided to buy the series ‘Pan Am’ to see if it matched up to Madmen. Sadly, whilst it has been enjoyable viewing for it’s nostalgic look at the era, it doesn’t quite compete with Madmen’s complex characterisation and amazing sets. Also I couldn’t believe that the series has been compiled rather badly and that the episodes have to be watched in this sequence (1, 4, 3, 2, 5 14)  in order for the story to make sense (erm yeah, scratches head). However, I’m so glad I discovered that fact before I started watching them ! Anyone interested in the background to the Pan Am series should look here.

I came across this illustration of a stewardess riding her Vespa to work and thought I’d check out a little about this ‘uber cool’ vehicle and see how it’s been depicted through old adverts. I discovered some great illustrations.

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I love the ‘wind in your hair’ feel of this first Pirelli for the scooter ad.

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This family going for a holiday jaunt also made me smile.

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Vespa’s are so easy to park and even come in shades of red, orange and ‘invisible’  : )

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Also featured in the movies, the Vespa has iconically been used as a cool way to get around. From the absolute classic ‘Roman Holiday’ to ‘Quadrophenia’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘Amilie’, amongst others.

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More about Vespa on their official site and more the airline Pan Am here. Does anyone out there own a Vespa ?

or perhaps have any other (‘ Madmen quality ‘) retro recommendations for a tv series to watch ? : )

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2015 1:12 am

    I have a little dream to drive a Vespa someday, and maybe own one but it would have to be a vintage one or one of the vintage repros as the old designs were soooooo much cooler! In the meantime I have a tiny little one that sits on my desk at home to keep the dream alive……! One day! Un giorno!! Great post hon, as always!!!

    • January 13, 2015 9:18 am

      You should hire one and zip around Italy at least one day… oh and before you get the sportscar !

      • January 14, 2015 12:46 pm

        I intend to one day, its just a bit tricky to do round here at the moment….!! Keep the great posts a-coming!!

  2. January 13, 2015 3:35 pm

    Hi Craig, your topic jump-started the old brain here and I had a flashback of my Dad owning not only a vintage (1966/67) Vespa but also a Lambretta. I don’t ever recall him riding either one, nor whether or not they were in working condition. I believe both were left to disintegrate in our garage… And then, and THEN, Mr. Craig, I had a flashback of the American (Mattel) Barbie doll having a Pam Am outfit in the mid 1960’s. Thanks for the fun memory jog.

    • January 13, 2015 4:49 pm

      Your comments made me laugh Joy, Isn’t it great when randomness brings it’s own rewards by digging up some stored away memory. : ) Great fun

  3. 54paintings permalink
    January 19, 2015 11:42 pm

    I yearn for a vespa…

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