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Sunbathing Bubble

This looks like it would roast you to a nice golden brown.

Human Hothouse: For comfortable sunbathing in the city or during cold weather, a California firm offers a Plexiglas bubble which lets in ultraviolet rays but keeps out sand, soot, and wind. The Fabor Sunbathing Capsule is 7 feet long and measures 3 feet wide by 18 inches high at the shoulders; it tapers to 30 inches by 15 inches at the feet. Hooded ventilators at the four corners provide fresh air. Fabor Robison Productions, Inc., of Burbank makes it and sells it for $67.50.

Source: Newsweek - Sep 16, 1963.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 28, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Products, 1960's

Brains and Bust Size — one medical opinion

Back in 1964, Dr. Erwin O. Strassmann of Houston kicked up a controversy by suggesting there was a correlation in women between bust size and I.Q. And he managed to get his opinion published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Kingsport Times-News - Aug 30, 1964

Curious to see exactly what he said, I tracked down his article. Turns out he was an enthusiastic follower of the now-discredited theory of "constitutional psychology." This was an effort to establish a link between body type and personality traits. Critics have dismissed it as an extended exercise in dressing up cultural stereotypes (such as, if you're overweight, you're lazy) in scientific language. For devotees of weird science, the entire field is a goldmine of strangeness.

Here's the relevant section of Strassmann's 1964 article:

Strassmann, E.O. (1964). "Physique, Temperament, and Intelligence in Infertile Women." International Journal of Fertility. 9:297-314.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 27, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Body, Brain, Science, Psychology, 1960's

The Animation of Joop Geesink

We marvel at films like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, or Wallace and Gromit, in which, during a given scene, one or two puppets might be in motion. I can't fathom the amount of work that Joop Geesink went through to create his films.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Stop-motion Animation, 1950's, 1960's, Europe

Mr. Machine

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 23, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Robots, Toys, 1960's

Giant Hand From Sky Terrifies Motorists

Another entry in our occasional series of ads featuring giant people.

source: Newsweek - Aug 26, 1963
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 20, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Giant People in Ads, 1960's

Humane Bullfighting

A member of Club Taurino practicing humane bullfighting without bulls in a park near Woldingham, Surrey. 1963. One member played the bull while the others improved their cape work.

Image source: Newsweek - Sep 2, 1963
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 17, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Sports, 1960's

Cheerios Kid and Cheerios Sue

From the days when a commercial could hold an entire narrative arc in thirty or sixty seconds. Apparently the Kid and Sue were thrill-seekers who could not resist dangerous environments.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 14, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Food, Advertising, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #256

What a simpler world...
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Food, 1960's, Australia

Bohemian Dancers

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 26, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Avant Garde, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's, Dance, Europe

Stripping Striker, 1964

The artists' models at Rome's Academy of Fine Arts... sent their negotiator, Anna di Vetta, out onto the streets to press their claims. In girdle, bra, and high heels, Anna paraded through the city with a sign promising complete exposure of her 40½-31-40½ figure if her union's demands were not met. Instead of bravely meeting the challenge, the combined ministries of Labor and Public Instruction crumbled. They promised a fixed salary of $150 a month and fringe benefits—but only, reported a triumphant Anna, "if I promised not to take off all my clothes."

Source: Newsweek - Dec 28, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 21, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1960's
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