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1950's

Hasbro’s Mr. Carrot Head



Is it just me, or was there more creativity in the old days, when you could use "any fruit or vegetable" with Mr. Potato Head, and arrange the features anyplace on the head, instead of in the pre-drilled slots?

I was also curious if "play doctor" sets were still made, and they certainly are, as you can see in the link below. Thank goodness children are still abetted in their, ahem, innocent early vocational explorations!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 19, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Toys, 1950's

Cat takes center stage

November 12, 1951: As British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden was delivering an address at a meeting of the General Assembly of the U.N. in Paris, urging calm in Europe, a black cat suddenly got up on the stage and strolled across it, without a care in the world. This prompted discussion in the media as to whether the cat was a sign of good or bad luck. It was finally agreed to be a sign of good luck since a black cat in France is apparently a good omen (which I didn't know).

I think most political speeches would be greatly improved if cats randomly wandered across the stage during them.




Iowa City Press-Citizen - Nov 12, 1951


The Kokomo Tribune - Nov 20, 1951
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 18, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Politics, Cats, 1950's

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #32

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Can we believe that this is a genuine taxidermied fox head? Even if not, very cool accessory even for today's bikes. Anger vegans everywhere!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 10, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Taxidermy, Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950's

Appreciating Our Parents



Insidious adult-slanted propaganda!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 09, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Domestic, Family, PSA's, 1950's

Chubbettes

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 02, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Advertising, Children, 1950's, Obesity

Quacks and Nostrums

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Medicine, PSA's, 1950's

Lunchroom Manners

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 27, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Education, Food, PSA's, Children, 1950's

Money in Hamsters!

One of those vintage ads that promised easy money by starting a home animal-breeding program, such as raising giant frogs. I wonder if anyone who responded to one of these ads ever did end up making money from the hamsters or frogs. Source: Popular Mechanics, 1950

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 17, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Animals, 1950's

Midget Wrestling



I don't follow contemporary wrestling, but some cursory googling seems to reveal that there are still "little people" active in the sport.

But nothing like these glory days, I imagine...
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 07, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Little People, Wrestling, 1950's, Europe
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