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Fighting Ministers

Episcopal ministers participating in role-playing exercises in order to learn how to be more assertive and not always be "knuckling under to overbearing parish members." Here they're participating in the hostility exercise, acting out how an argumentative church group might behave. Source: Life - May 19, 1958
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Religion, 1950's

Driverless Cars of Yesteryear


Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 13, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Magic Slacks with Removable Crotch


[Click to enlarge.]

"For personal daintiness."

Original ad here. (Page 51)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 11, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, 1950's, Genitals

Threading the RCA Projector

The latest entry in our boredom contest. This guy's voice is particularly deadly--especially when he repeats the same passage!

However, I now want to say "sprung idler" and "snubber roller" over and over, so the film must have worked!

The fact that this skill is extinct does add a certain piquancy to the boredom, though.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 08, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Boredom, Movies, Technology, 1950's

5-Day Deodorant Pads

Do you have to abstain from washing your pits for five days to make this work and get your money's worth? I note this item still exists. Any experience with it among WUvies?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 30, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1950's

A Case of Censorship

This brief item ran in the UCLA Librarian newsletter (Nov 1, 1957) and seems WU worthy:

Transcribed text:
"Our incredible customs"
Under the above heading the British Publishers' Circular and Booksellers' Record of September 21, 1957, records another round in the running battle with the censorious customs officials. "Now I understand that officials recently impounded a work called Rape Round Our Coasts. I don't know what sort of minds these yahoos have but I hope they enjoyed the book. It is about soil erosion!"
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No's, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #221


Family lives in eerie black hole environment, stores floating possessions at many levels but without formal order.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 15, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, Family, 1950's

Playking Athletic Belt


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Wow, a sports girdle for fat boys! And in the last panel, it seems to have had the power to change Fatty's hair color as well!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 09, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Sports, Children, 1950's, Obesity

Tightrope Wedding

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 08, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Husbands, Wives, 1950's, Europe

Goodbye to Garbage

The ominous opening music implies a problem at least equivalent to a serial killer loose in the neighborhood. But it's only some spilled coffee grounds.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Garbage, Trash, Waste and Other Detritus, Appliances, 1950's, 1960's
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