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1950's

Alcohol Is Dynamite



Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 24, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: PSA's, Teenagers, 1950's, Alcohol

Nipper, the corn-eating cat


Nipper, cat owned by Dorothy Brinn, likes to eat his corn in comfort. His mistress fixed up this skewer and Nipper uses it for about two ears a day. The cat, a corn addict since his kitten days, likes it best with butter.
Toledo Blade - July 12, 1951
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 20, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Cats, 1950's

Johnny Jupiter



There's a bit of Jim Carrey to our hero Ernie.

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 11, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Puppets and Automatons, Television, 1950's

Inflatable Umbrella Hat, 1951

As soon as it starts raining, wouldn't the lack of spokes on this thing cause it to wrap around the wearer's head like a wet plastic bag, smothering them?


"Rain Bonnet, Los Angeles, is making an inflatable hat-umbrella of Vinylite plastic. Blowing into a small valve inflates the hat's tubular brim to the size of a woman's umbrella. When deflated the entire unit fits into a Vinylite envelope the size of a cigarette pack."
Newsweek - Aug 27, 1951
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 04, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Headgear, 1950's

The Relaxed Wife

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Husbands, Wives, 1950's

Refreshment on the Job



The economy that soda built.

Loony Lids, 1951 toy

Sold by The Ideal Toy Corp: "Inflatable Vinylite headpieces for children, built in the shape of lions, elephants, horses, and roosters. A few puffs of air inflate each 'lid,' and a cord under the chin secures it."

Insanity quickly follows.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Oct 26, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Toys, 1950's

Battle of the Vintage Chocolate Drinks

Name your poison! Bosco, Ovaltine, Borden's or Tootsie V-M?










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Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 23, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Chocolate, 1950's

Dagwood, the table-tennis-playing cat

From an AP story that circulated in August 1951 (example here):

PORTLAND, Ore. — This cat made such a pest of herself when Ted Matson tried to play table tennis that he finally put her on one side of the net and let her try the game on her own. That was six years ago, and the cat, Dagwood, has been playing ever since. She's adept at both the two-handed smash and the one-handed volley.

This cat was obviously born before her time. In the age of YouTube she would have been a global celebrity.



Update: Thanks to mindful webworker who found a video of Dagwood on YouTube. And as Cezar noted, it seems that Dagwood appeared on an episode of MASH. So I guess she kinda was a global celebrity.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 22, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Sports, Cats, 1950's
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