Vietnam War & Anti-War Demonstrations

- War in Vietnam – America was very heavily involved with a neo-colonial war of imperialism in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The French colonialists had finally withdrawn from Vietnam in 1956 after occupying for almost a century, however America continued fighting for “international communism” despite being able to directly attack the two large communist powers. …

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Thumbnails

I started brainstorming ideas for a final outcome in little thumbnail sketches. I wanted to capture the significance of the VW Van in relation to the Hippie era in America. My aim is to highlight the reasons behind why the VW van became such a fundamental tool during this time. I want to create a …

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Psychedelia

The term ‘psychedelia’ comes from the subculture of people who commonly indulge in taking hallucinogenic drugs, creating psychedelic artwork and music derived from the experience of altered consciousness that uses ”highly distorted and surreal visuals, sound effects, reverberation, bright colours and full spectrums and animation to evoke or convey they artists experience while using the drugs”. …

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History of the Hippie Counter Culture

The origin of the word “hippie” derives from the term “hipster” taken from Harry Gibsons’ 1940′s hit title “Harry the Hipster”. In the song, the hipsters were Beatniks who’d moved to Greenwich Village in New York City. Beatniks were followers of the Beat Generation movement who promoted anti-conformist attitudes and ideals. – The Beat Generation …

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Outdoor Lifestyle

The Volkswagen Transporter has long aided a “groovy, gentle” lifestyle, acting as a “passport to freedom” and thus becoming a symbol for this bohemian way of life. The development of the Volkswagen Bus addressed an infrastructural and psychological need for more economical, utilitarian vehicles to help Germany back on its feet again. In the late …

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The Hippie Van

The Volkswagen had been adopted by the youngsters of the post-war baby boom, commonly known as the hippie counterculture of the era. All of whom played a vital role in building an iconic link between vehicle and lifestyle that has remained ever since – “In it’s early years it had been used by people with …

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Introduction to America

The typical American vehicles of the 1950′s have been described as “lovely sponge-cake automobiles frosted with chrome and plastic” – according to Americans, the VWs seemed plain, weak and small, they were looking towards the future an era of optimism and big success, their large cars reflected this mood. Slowly but surely, Volkswagen began building …

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Volkswagens in Germany

The VW Transporter was initially produced in 1947, but the corporation itself had been around for much longer. Ferdinand Porche, a reknowned German automobile engineer designed the early prototypes for the original Volkswagen Beetle. During the early twentieth century he focused on developing an “affordable, mass-produced German sedan, convinced that economical and low maintenance vehicles …

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Peace, Love, V-Dub

During the 1950′s and 60′s workmen were trying to get hold of a “low-cost utility vehicle”, VW as the seller of the “people’s cars” hopped on board this idea and the original Combi was refitted as a minibus to transport people in 1951. It then went onto conquer the world as a cultural icon of the …

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