The online auction arena has undergone a transition over the past
two years much like that of most e-commerce sites: a huge push, an
explosion, and finally a recession. In 1999, it seemed as though every
other online store had a bid-to-win component, while today the handful
of worthwhile sites still pale in comparison to the eBay phenomenon.
That said, the Web remains a retro hunter's paradise, and the following
auction sites provide the best of the best in vintage, antiques and
collectibles. Joya Balfour gives
you a tour of the latest and greatest of the online bidding world.
To B-Movie Sites
the oft-used and maligned term "B movie" referred to the
bottom half of an average double bill back in the '30s and '40s. The
"A" title was a slicked-up Hollywood product with big name
stars, while the soggy side of this cinematic sandwich, filled with
cartoons, newsreels and previews, was usually some tossed-off project
with a budget culled from a hobo's pocket and a concept leaked from
a wino's imagination. Interestingly enough, it was these barely-advertised
bottom-fillers that gave us many now-classic film noirs, such as Detour
and T Men, cult film series like the beloved Bowery Boys, and
later provided us with endless hours of timeless entertainment on
late night television. Join Will the Thrill
Viharo for a cyber*tour of B-Movies.
To The 20th Century
Now that the 20th Century is officially closed, we can take a
tour of modern history on the big bus called the Internet. The Net
was possible the greatest invention of the last century, and yet finding
quality history sites proves a little more difficult than one might
imagine. Perhaps a modern history Website is not what the average
venture capitalist has in mind. As a result, it seems the only people
concerned with bringing history to the World Wide Web are university
students working for a grade or television broadcasters looking to
make a buck. Still, there are some good cyberspots for expanding your
knowledge of the last century and brushing up on 20th Century triviaFollow
Joe Wood as he points out where you may want to look.
If there's one thing a retro junkie wishes for, it's to be able
to take a trip back in time to see any of the original crooners in
concert in their heyday. But alas, we haven't mastered the art of
time travel yet. So instead, Frank Dellario
will guide you to some really cool crooner Web sites so you can disappear
into another era.
It seems that whatever fads baby boomer parents have chucked aside,
their Gen X offspring grab and absorb with vigor, attempting to gain
access to a wonderfully pop world viewed only through old postcards
and album covers. But thanks to new technologies, elements of that
forgotten world can be recreated right in your own home. Surf the
Internet with Frank Dellario and enter
a land of monolithic tiki gods, exotic music filled with wild bird
calls, and sarong-clad maidens serving powerful potions.
is there to say about pin-up art? Sure, you can discuss its historical
significance, or recount anecdotes about famous artists and models
from the pin-up's heyday in the 1940s and '50s. But that's all secondary
to enjoying a pin-up, an act that is wholly visual. Elva
Ramirez leads us through some of the most popular Virtual Pin-up galleries
on the Internet.
Into The Net
Shopping on the Net
Lindy on the Net
Swing sites on the Internet