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1950's

Pens for Men

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 21, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Television, Tools, Advertising, 1950's, Men

Follies of the Madmen #254

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Having little mannikins of the performers standing on their records is a vivid metaphor about the living quality of the sound. But then to set those records and their passengers rafting down the river--well, the metaphor gets a little jumbled, to say the least.

Original advert here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 20, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Music, 1950's

Won’t happen again


Sources: The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri) - Feb 11, 1956; Bridgeport Telegram (Connecticut) - Apr 4, 1955. More >>
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Crime, Prisons, 1950's

Doomtown

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, War, Weapons, 1950's, North America

Pin-Up Girl Pistol Lighter

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This product really has everything: women, guns and smoking.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, Sex Symbols, 1950's, Weapons

The Astounding She-Monster




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Doesn't the narrator at the start of the full film sound like Troy McClure from THE SIMPSONS?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 11, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Movies, Sex Symbols, 1950's

DeSotos in Space!



This subject line will definitely be the title of my next SF novel.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 09, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Advertising, 1950's, Cars

Rampaging Bible Seller

A Bible salesman who wouldn't take no for an answer.


Source: The Massillon Evening Independent - Nov 6, 1957
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 07, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Religion, Retailing, 1950's

Exploding Chickens

Spontaneously exploding chickens startle German farmer.



Source: The Ogden Standard - Nov 17, 1950
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 01, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, Explosives, 1950's

Sleep Learning

"Discover how you can apply sleep learning to gain health, relaxation, confidence, personal magnetism, self mastery, memory power, success in business and human relations... learn foreign languages and how to play the piano."

Learn to play the piano? In your sleep?


Source: The San Mateo Times - Aug 25, 1959
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 28, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Education, Music, Sleep and Dreams, 1950's
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