From the editor
Check out that dude on page 6. The year is 1971, and he is a PH (Pre-Hipster) hipster sporting killer sideburns (mutton chops). In 2018 he could pass as someone who works in the art department of the film industry. Here he is, being a good bloke and dad, while his useless mates are probably sitting around on someone’s back lawn with a crate of Waikato Draught (big bottles), smoking Camels and moaning about the anti-Vietnam War protesters down on Queen St. Let’s say our prescient hipster was 20 when that photo was taken, he’d be about 67 now. And that baby would be about 47. Who are they? And what did they end up buying?
This is the third in our series of The Saturday Shop, in which Ruth Spencer gathers the best of archival “shopping” shots and casts upon them her dazzling colour wash and humour. 1971 also marked the beginning of a huge movement that would change us forever: the country’s first KFC opened in Auckland. The American fastfood revolution had begun.