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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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"Multi-instrumentalist" was the term for Rahsaan Roland Kirk. But generally the term does not refer to simultaneous playing.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 27, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Music, 1960's

The Little Foxes Club

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I can't find too much information on the "Little Foxes Club," whose mission was to promote African-American female beauty. In 1958, they had a beauty contest in Detroit.

Original article here.

And they were mentioned in this 1966 cheesecake photo.

Original article here.

I can only imagine the loud controversy such an organization would bring down upon itself in these times.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 24, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Ethnic Groupings, 1950's, 1960's, Women

Follies of the Madmen #244



"Oral bad breath" as opposed to what other orifice?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 18, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's

Rocky Roberts



This video offers a perfect pairing of weird personalities.

Rocky Roberts, a black man from the USA, once a boxer, who became a pop star, but only in Europe.

Jayne Mansfield, dancing and uttering the line, "My ears directed my body toward the sound." 'Nuff said.

More coverage below.

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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Music, Sex Symbols, 1960's, Dance, Europe

Follies of the Madmen #243


Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Music, Toys, 1960's

The man who posted himself to Australia

On the theme of People Who Have Posted Themselves Through The Mail, so far we have already noted the achievements in this line of activity of Henry Bray, May Pierstorff, and Johann Beck.

We can add to our list Reg Spiers, about whom the BBC News recently ran an article. In the mid-1960s, Spiers posted himself from London to Australia as a way to cheaply get back home in time for his daughter's birthday. The cost of a plane ticket was actually cheaper than the cost of shipping such a heavy crate, but Spiers knew that he could send the crate cash-on-delivery, so that payment would only be required once he was in Australia.

His plan succeeded. When he arrived in Australia, the crate (with him inside it) was put in a storage shed from which he managed to escape and hitchhike home. He never had to pay the shipping fees.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 09, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: 1960's, Postal Services

The Strange Ones

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 01, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Scary Criminals, Public Indecency, Children, 1960's

Texas legislators smell decaying rat

In 1969, a rat died somewhere in the offices of the Texas legislature. This led to the passage of Texas House State Resolution 433:

WHEREAS, there are many brands of rat poison on the market today; and
WHEREAS, Some brands of rat poison do cause the rat to leave the building before he dies; and
WHEREAS, The same thing goes for mice; and
WHEREAS, The State of Texas obviously does not use a brand of rat poison that causes rats and mice to leave the building before they die; and
WHEREAS, For the last week and a half, Representatives Jungmichel, Wieting, Ward, McAlister, Allen, Allen of Harris, Jones of Harris, Kubiak, Parker of Jefferson, Cory, Newman, Johnson of Bexar, Kothman, Weldon, Longoria, Ogg and Cummings have unduly suffered mental anguish by having to smell a dead rat; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the heretofore mentioned Representatives hereby go on record as supporting either letting the rats run loose in the Capitol or changing the brand of rat poison.

So what are these brands of rat poison that can make a rat leave the building before it dies? I've never heard of such a thing.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 28, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Government, 1960's

Put Men in Girdles

Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health. The secret was girdles.

He felt that all men over 40, in particular, should be wearing girdles just like their wives (this was the 1960s), because he believed that girdles promoted good circulation and thus meant the heart didn't have to work as hard pumping blood. Wearing a girdle, he promised, would "add years to a man's life."


The Abilene Reporter-News - Nov 23, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Health, Books, 1960's
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