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British post-war youth culture emerged in the 1950s, and was primarily influenced by American film and music, primarily Rock ‘n’ Roll. As the economy recovered after the Second World War, teenagers had more disposable income and leisure time than ever before to go out dancing, see a film, and buy records and new clothes. The pop music market exploded and took advantage of the extra pocket money teenagers had to spend, and with it came commercialized novelty dances like the twist, the hully-gully, the watusi, the chicken, the swim, the mashed potato, and the monkey to name but a few!

The Land of Lost Content presents a curated collection of 1950s and 1960s pop culture ephemera from their vast archive of vintage imagery and objects. The Land of Lost Content is an independent museum and an extensive digital archive, containing Britain’s foremost collection of pop culture ephemera, obscure objects and ordinary things from the pre digital era. Belonging to eccentric artist and compulsive obsessive collector Stella Mitchell and collectors of design history, the Hemingway family, the Land of Lost Content is used as the personal design archive of Hemingway Design.



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