Weird Universe Blog — April 4, 2018

Space Patrol Haircut

Back in 1951, young kids, inspired by the science-fiction TV series Space Patrol, started giving themselves the prematurely bald look, aka the "Space Patrol haircut."

"Teddy Hoff, 9, Hollywood schoolboy... wears a 'space patrol' haircut, a new fad of the vast and growing legion of juvenile TV space drama fans." (image source)

Los Angeles Times - July 8, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 04, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: 1950s | Hair and Hairstyling

British Bunnies

Serving drinks and the bill with your back to the customer is a weird thing, even if it is for sexy reasons.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 04, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations | Sex Symbols | 1960s

April 3, 2018

Doral Telephone of Tomorrow

In 1974, Doral cigarettes ran a promotion featuring a telephone of tomorrow. "A $125 Value... It's Yours For Only $69.95."

I'm not sure how it was supposed to sell cigarettes, but I was curious if any of these tomorrow telephones were still around. Found one on eBay. Bidding is currently at $2.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 03, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Telephones | 1970s

1958 Rocket Queen

"Karen Barger, 14-year-old queen of Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Water Carnival of 1958, steps down from simulated rocket ship to open show."

Original photo here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 03, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Contests, Races and Other Competitions | Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy | 1950s

April 2, 2018

Parachuting off St. Paul’s

Another one of those odd attempts by church leaders to win youth to the church by trying to make it out to be not quite as stuffy and old-fashioned as everyone thinks.

San Antonio Express - Sep 28, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 02, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Religion | 1960s

The Adventures of Lucky Pierre

The Wikipedia page.

CAUTION: chestal and backside-al exposure.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 02, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor | Movies | Sexuality | Sex Symbols | 1960s

April 1, 2018

Burnin’ Vernon, the Easter Bunny hater

April 19, 1981: Fundamentalist minister Vernon Cayten burned a 5-foot stuffed Easter bunny on the front lawn of his church, declaring it was a pagan idol. He also denounced all those who celebrated Easter with Easter Bunnies as "heathens and dummies who worshiped pagan gods."

Musician Scott Ryan has since written a song about "Burnin' Vernon." Video below. Lyrics here.

Des Moines Register - Apr 21, 1981

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Holidays | Religion

Happy Easter 2018!

Can you picture the size of the Easter Bunny that laid that egg?

Have a happy holiday!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 01, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals | Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough | Holidays

March 31, 2018

Sanatogen Tonic Wine

Back in 2016, Paul posted some ads for Sanatogen Tonic Wine from early in the 20th century. Here are some more ads for this fine product, but from later in the century (1960s), in which the marketing team decided to focus on how this medicinal wine was the cure for a housewife's blues. Feeling bored at home, run-down by the kids? No problem, just take a little swig of Sanatogen and you'll be numb to your problems in no time! "That's lovely... that's better"

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 31, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Advertising | 1960s | Alcohol

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