The socialist traffic symbol Ampelmann, seen here in Berlin, constitutes an international brand empire. In the age of mass consumerism, what’s behind a nostalgia for socialist symbols and the sugarcoating of socialist regimes?
In the age of rampant consumerism, there is nonetheless an odd nostalgia for socialist regimes and symbols. What does it mean?
Though Chief Wahoo won’t appear on uniforms, there’s no reason to think that the mascot won’t endure on signs, clothing and memorabilia.
Arturo Pardavila III
Research on the relationship between mascots and fandom shows just how tricky it is to truly eradicate a mascot from a region's collective identity.
Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
Why is there so much consumer interest in recreating Christmas dinners from the past?
Being misty-eyed about a perfect Christmas past will do you little good.
Stranger Things is re-writing the 'reference' book on homage and intertextuality.
A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.
An academic article that asserted the benefits of colonialism caused an outcry and resulted in calls for its removal. A post-colonial expert explains why.
Winslow Homer’s ‘Boys in a Pasture’ (1874).
There are two types of nostalgia. One promotes resilience and personal growth, while the other can lead to an obsessive quest to escape the present.
Kyle MacLachlan in the new season of Twin Peaks: has the Internet helped fuel nostalgia for TV shows from decades past?
Rancho Rosa Partnership, Showtime Networks
Twin Peaks has just hit our streaming services, again, alongside reboots of the X-Files, Gilmore Girls, and more. But, despite our nostalgia, they'll never revive the specific time they were born in.
The Star Wars saga is interlinked with its merchandising success.
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We need to look beyond the music industry to understand the rise of the comeback.
The new/old Nokia 3310 revealed at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Nokia's decision to revise an old mobile phone classic should appeal to a movement of people who prefer to play with the older technologies.
We all need a little trip to La La Land.
Part of a mural commemorating the 1936 Battle of Cable Street.
The 'hero' of one year can prove to be the villain of later ones.
John Sebastian performing at Woodstock © Henry Diltz Corbis
The V&A’s current exhibition, Revolution, highlights that all is not rosy from the vantage point of 2016.
Joe Corré's stunt to end the Punk.London celebrations by torching lots of punk stuff misunderstands the movement completely.
If our politicians are really concerned about the future, they've got a funny way of talking about it.
Some troops in the American Civil War were struck down by clinical nostalgia.
The award-winning Naranga Avenue House, by James Russell Architect, features astonishing breeze block design.
Photographer Toby Scott
Breeze blocks are having a moment in the sun. Having been painfully hip in the architecture of the 1950s and 60s, they were used so extensively, in both houses and commercial buildings, that they became…
The 1992 class photo from Morse High School in San Diego, California.
Evolutionary psychology could explain why the memories and friendships formed during these years seem more vivid, potent and meaningful than those from any other stage of life.
A scene from Heathers the Musical based on the 1988 film.
Eighties culture is big, from nostalgic TV dramas to tours by ageing pop stars. But it's time for a clear-eyed assessment of the decade, which prized excess and economic rationalism along with synth pop and big hair.