Sunday, November 01, 2009
It's a Hoot: the Owl Obsession of the 1970s
Do you remember a period during the 70s where it seemed everything from clothing to household objects had an owl theme? As a kid, I can remember owl necklaces, owl print fabric, owl figurines, owl candles, owl salt and pepper shakers, and owl shaped canisters. There was also Woodsy Owl, who asked us to, "Give a hoot - don't pollute!" and Charlie the Owl from New Zoo Revue. The whole world, it seemed, went hooters for owls. I've never been able to figure out where the owl obsession originated from, but it does seem like the hippie thing to like, along with doves and mushrooms. And, they are quite cool.
Owl motifs are definitely making a comeback. Here's a sampling of some of items I've seen for sale on retro clothing sites.
The first four items are from ModCloth, one of my favorite vintage store sites:
The "Owl Be Back" Dress - unfortunately, the site says it is out of stock, but you can ask to be notified when more are available. It retails for $49.99.
The "Hoot for Loot" wallet is made of faux leather and has a 70s applique look. Price: $19.99
This ceramic Owl Warm and Cozy Tea Set will add some quirky vintage style to your next tea party. Price: $49.99
Not exactly vintage, but very cute, is the "Owl Never Leave USB Toy." Plug this guy into your computer, and perch him atop his stump or your monitor, and he keeps you entertained by opening and closing his eyes and turning his head. He also comes in a snowy owl version. Definitely a splurge, but it sounds like the kind of thing that could've kept a stoned hippie entertained for hours. Price: $27.99
From Urban Outfitters comes this t-shirt designed by the artist who did the graphics for "Where The Wild Things Are." Price: $28.00
This colorful throw rug (also from Urban Outfitters) brightens up a small space (it's only 2' X 3', and retails for $18.00)
Unfortunately, most of the owl necklaces on ModCloth are currently sold out. But from Buy.com comes this silver toned one reminiscent of ones that were available in the 70s. Price: $21.99
And for fun, here's one of those 70s PSA commercials with Woodsy that I remember so well. Help keep American looking good!