Monday, October 09, 2006


I've been seeing quite a few young groovy dudes in
Silverlake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock and adjoining areas
sporting late sixties to early seventies back-to-earther

beards of late, and I must say, I think it's swell.
Every once in a while designer jeans accompany these
facial hair fashion statements, but, more often than not, we have
home grown, bluegrass loving, grow-your-own,
alternative transportation idealism.

For anyone who wants to reference the source material
for this bearded idealism, I give you two photos from my home town of
Cannon Beach, Oregon taken in the mid 70s.
There is one only graphic T-shirt in the bunch - "I am not a tourist."

These were my friends, my brother's friends and my parent's friends.
This is a community.
Let's all make daisy chains and stop wearing logos.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


By request, here are some one column newspaper ads
my Dad, (Kenneth Grant) did during the early to mid 60s.
They tie in with the previously posted window displays.

This is an ad for the opening of Nordtrom's new
junior shoe store. My Mom (Barbara Grant)
wrote the copy and came up with the name "Feetnik Parlor."
Note how the various shoe lines running up the sides are
described as being "For Mods," "For Rockers." or "For Swingers."
This is from the era that gave us the name Brass Plum for the
Nordtrom junior men's store, which still exists today.

Dad went freelance in the late 60s, doing diplays and ads for several junior
boutiques in the Portland area. Here are a few ads. Skinny was "in".
Again, Dad did the illustrations, Mom wrote the copy and did the lettering.

Footnote: When Dad worked there, one of the shop girls at Clark's
was Portland girl Sally Struthers, later to show up as an actress
on "All in the Family."

Another Clark's one column ad.

Another. This one for a fashion show.
Civil disobedience used to sell swimsuits.

This one wasn't scanned from a newspaper ad,
but the original ad mat. Other than Nordstrom's,
Clark's Junior and Casual Village, Dad worked for
other boutiques with names such as The Blouse Tree
and Glass Butterfly (how psychedelic is that!).

Here are some fashion illustrations Dad did while at the

Advertising Art School in Portland during the early 60s.
He was in his early 20s then. That's where my parents met.

Boy, can he draw! I love the way he renders hands. Very difficult.

Here's the only male of the bunch. Dad used to wear those same
skinny ties and mod jackets to work. I aquired them in the early 80s
when in college and made them a part of my mod fashion repertoire.