Weird Universe Archive

March 2018

March 17, 2018

Mystery Illustration 70



S&M model? Or not?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 17, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1960s

March 16, 2018

Freckle-Proof Sun Mask

Another addition to our collection of weird masks.

Note that this sun mask came with a "breather" tube.

Phildelphia Inquirer - Jan 21, 1940



Pittsburgh Press - Feb 25, 1940



Cassville Republican - Jan 18, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1940s

Dinner With Drac

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Superstition, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

March 15, 2018

Mystery Man Mask

Ads for this "Mystery Man Mask" ran in various monster-themed magazines, such as Spacemen, during the early 1960s.

It made me think of some of the other creepy masks we've posted about in the past. (see below)

via The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks



Other masks previously featured on WU:

Ski masks for chilly cheeks



Styling on the slopes



Identity-preserving balaclava

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1960s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #23

2018 NOTE: More masks.


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If these horrifying masks are "lifelike" in the world you come from, I don't want to visit!

From the 1950 catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s

Raus the Maus

Surely of interest to WU-vies.

Learn more here.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, War, Cartoons, Europe, Twentieth Century

March 14, 2018

The Smile Machine

Invented by artist Dick Turner in 1992. The organizers of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer then got wind of it, and decided it would be "the perfect way to make light of Norwegians' reputation as a dour people and ordered 100,000 of them for Olympic workers and town residents to wear."

But they did this without crediting Turner at all. Nor did they order the smile machines from him. When Turner complained, someone from the Norwegian embassy in Washington called him "and acknowledged that the Smile Machine was his idea but said nothing further could be done about it."

More info: Baltimore Sun (Feb 7, 1994)
Image source: ideoideo





Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 14, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #355



Oh, no! Will Mr. Decay catch runaway Mr. Tooth? The suspense is unbearable!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Children, 1950s

March 13, 2018

Anti-Puberty Pill

In 1969, British health officer Dr. J.V. Walker proposed the development of a pill "to give young people to delay the onset of sexual maturity until they leave college and could earn their own living." Walker felt certain "it should not be difficult to develop a hormone preparation for the job."

Such a pill would certainly change the college experience for most people.

Akron Beacon Journal - June 1, 1969



A bit of research revealed that this J.V. Walker was Joseph V. Walker, health officer of Darlington. I couldn't find a fuller description of his anti-puberty pill, but I did come across a letter he sent to the Health Education Journal (March 1, 1970) in which he worried that young women would develop into "promiscuous addicts" if they didn't preserve their virginity until marriage. I suppose his pill would help with that goal as well.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 13, 2018 - Comments (10)
Category: Health, 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Funky Robot

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 13, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Funk, Music, Puppets and Automatons, 1970s

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