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1950's

Ouija Board Inheritance

A follow-up to my Ouija board post of last week. This may be the only case of a Ouija board involved in an inheritance dispute.

When Mrs. Helen Dow Peck died in 1955, she left almost her entire estate to "John Gale Forbes," whom she met via Ouija board. Which is to say that John Gale Forbes was not a corporeal entity. Mrs. Peck's surviving (flesh-and-blood) relatives sued, arguing, in essence, that Mrs. Peck was clearly nuts. The court eventually agreed and voided her will. This has established the legal precedent that ghosts can't inherit money. Read more about the case here.


Corpus Christi Caller-Times - Mar 13, 1956
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 24, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Law, 1950's

Gene Vincent’s FLEA BRAIN



"If she wasn't good-looking, she'd be better off dead."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Insects, Music, 1950's, Brain Damage

Follies of the Madmen #241

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950's, Asia

Oog Bongo Walsco Fringo

Crazy eyes!


Source: Radio Electronics magazine - April 1952
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Feb 08, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1950's

Jail-Jamas

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Original ad here. (Page 2)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Stupid Criminals, Marriage, 1950's

The Fun That Builds Good Health




From an incredibly weird pre-internet, pre-cellphone, pre-cable-TV world! Limbs in actual motion--outdoors! Witness the horror of "free-range children!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Family, Children, Parents, Sports, 1950's

Tarco Space Pilot Helmet, 1952

The sound of whizzing in space.




[via bifurcated rivets]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Space Travel, Headgear, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #239

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"Droodles" sounds ugly, like "drool." And these jokes are fit only to entertain an eight-year-old. Excellent campaign to indicate quality of product and sophistication of audience.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 08, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Games, Tobacco and Smoking, 1950's

Malfunction

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 06, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Domestic, Surrealism, Psychedelic, 1950's
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