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Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

A Cartoon Whose Meaning Time and the Evolution of English Have Rendered Somewhat Obscure


Familiarity with this usage explains things.

From Boy's Life for January 1967.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 05, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Hair Styling, 1960's

Mystery Illustration 2


What is this jolly beatnik advertising?

1) Slot cars
2) Saturday morning cartoon shows
3) Vinyl records
4) Decals
5) Frederick's of Hollywood

Find the answer here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Facial Hair

An American Hippie in Israel

Caution: brief flashes of uncovered upper female chest area and two swears.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's, Middle East, Butt

Follies of the Madmen #220


What product can this staged photo from 1969 possibly be advertising?

For the answer visit the original ad here.

Virgil Partch

I just finished reading this great book on cartoonist Virgil Partch, who defined cartoon weirdness for several decades.

The book revealed that Partch was a great joker in real life as well. He and some buddies founded the Balboa Island Sculling and Punting Society, which was an excuse to putter around the marina, freak out the squares and get drunk. Not satisfied with those activities however, they aimed higher. First they decided to take a "boat ride" from their West Coast hangout to Las Vegas. How? By putting a boat on a truck and riding inside the craft while being driven across the desert.


Then they decided to take a train to Catalina Island, by a similar expedient.


Here's a fuller account of their exploits.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's

Flowertown, USA, by Altergott


Be sure to check out the new ongoing strip by WU's own Rick Altergott, at VICE magazine.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Maggie Estep

Maggie Estep, recently deceased.

Your opinions solicited. Many more videos on YouTube if you need 'em.

NOTE: second video contains one f-bomb.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 14, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Performance Art, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

The Backwards Multilingual Singing Career of Jeanette

Because the USA market for music is so huge, singers from other countries are always trying to break in, abandoning their native languages for English.

Maurice Chevalier. Charles Aznavour. Julio Iglesias. Shakira. The list goes on and on.

What's stranger is someone who abandons a career singing in native English to become a star abroad.

Such was the case of Jeanette.

Born in the UK and raised in America, she tried to be a folkie.

But failing that, she moved to Europe and became a great success, singing mostly in Spanish.

Of course, looking like a beautiful flower child didn't hurt!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 22, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Languages, Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's, 1970's, Europe, North America
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