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Follies of the Madmen #272

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Please spend half a minute to contemplate the subtext of this imagery. A pagan housewife (prefiguring BEWITCHED?) performs black magic to seduce and beguile a priest, with hubby nowhere in sight. Happens in 1950s suburbia every Sunday.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 17, 2016 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Food, Mass Transit, Religion, 1950's

A Day in the Life of a Kitchen



"Little space capsules of ice cream and cookies!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 08, 2016 | Comments (12)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, Family, Wives, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960's

3 + 1

3+1 from Soline FAUCONNIER on Vimeo.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 07, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Domestic, Appliances, Stop-motion Animation, Europe

Westinghouse Soundwaves



It's been 65 years! Where is my home version of an ultrasonic washing machine, dammit!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 16, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Domestic, Technology, 1950's

Nobel Prize Perk:  Breakfast in Bed

With the Nobel Prize announcements due soon, I think it's time we spoke of a little-known perk for the winners: receiving breakfast in bed from Saint Lucia.

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Original article here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 23, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Domestic, Food, Europe

Follies of the Madmen #259

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 07, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Nineteenth Century

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?



What a fine joke! The gear-driven, proto-cybernetic hell world of 1958 now looks more like a paradise compared with our world of 2015. No digitization. Hardly any cars on the highway. Children interacting unsupervised with a living ice-cream man. A TV set that can be repaired with a home visit, rather than going straight to the landfill. Coffee perked at home instead of provided by Starbucks. Human interaction unmediated by screens....

Take me back there now!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 15, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Domestic, Marriage, Family, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #257



Housewife wielding an axe?!? Don't get your hopes up. There is no John-Waters-style carnage ahead in this commercial.

Man, that appliance is huge. Where would it fit in a modern urban kitchen? Maybe in a McMansion....

What do you think the cherry cobbler cooked adjacent to the ham and sweet potatoes is going to taste like?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 12, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, Food, 1940's

Femineered!

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Now this is how you encourage young girls to study engineering: by showing them refrigerators! I think it's time we brought back this neologism. "The Army Corps of Femineers!" Can you imagine the uniforms? Who wouldn't want to belong?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 04, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, 1950's, Women

Storm Window Manufacturing



It's a rare child who has a hotline to a storm-window tycoon!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 07, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Sports, Juvenile Delinquency
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