Category:
1940s

Atomic Hairdos

How the atomic bomb inspired hairdressers.

La Grande Observer - July 30, 1946



Liliana Orsi, a 22-year-old beauty in Rome, Italy, displays her new atomic hairdo and the photo of the atomic blast which inspired it. It took a hair stylist 12 hours to arrange Liliana's coiffure, so it's not recommended for daily wear. It's an old fashion and something dangerously new. — Mar 8, 1951


What these press agents won't think of! From one Las Vegas beauty salon comes this hair style, modeled by showgirl Terry True. And that big upsweep at the top is supposed to symbolize a mushroom cloud effect of a bomb explosion. The dark ring is a switch, with a jeweled clip to brighten things up.
(AP Wirephoto — Mar 2, 1951)


Mansfield News-Journal - Apr 29, 1946

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940s, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Virgin Hospitals

1945: Mrs. Lenora Hawkes Jones came up with the idea of having a network of "virgin hospitals" throughout America which would house lovely and brainy women willing to bear children by suitable men in order to "improve the race." Suitable men would be those who didn't drink or smoke, and who weren't 'evil-minded.'

Didn't the nazis have some kind of scheme like this going?

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Mar 7, 1926



Piqua Daily Call - Nov 2, 1945



A network of "virgin hospitals" in every state of the union where "our loveliest and brainiest" unmarried women would produce a new generation of super-babies by test tube is the solution offered by Mrs. Lenora Hawkes Jones, 76-year-old Washington inventor, to counteract the war-born husband shortage. Mrs. Jones, a graduate of the Bangor (Me.) theological seminary draws the line at men who smoke or drink in choosing the fathers, and advocates extreme caution to weed out the "evil-minded" applicants. Her proposed hospitals would completely eliminate the "personal factor," employ only women doctors, and the super-babies commended to the state for care."
-acme photo caption

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 17, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Crackpots, 1940s

The Fountain of the World Cult



"Members of Fountain of the World cult in Chatsworth are pallbearers and mourners at funeral of their leader Krishna Venta and two other cult members killed in dynamiting of their headquarters."

Read a long fascinating article on this Manson precursor at the LA WEEKLY.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 16, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Death, 1940s, 1950s

The Chocolate Choo-Choo

Despite what the YouTube poster writes, this song was issued to the marketplace, as you can see from the pic of the physical record and the advert.

But those circumstance do not make the song, with its faintly scatological title, any less weird.





Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 07, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Music, Chocolate, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #333



To me, this ad at first seems to imply that people used whisk brooms on their scalps when they had dandruff. Then I got the meaning that they were always whisking the shoulders of their clothes. But in any case, a liberal application of Listerine--to the scalp, not the shoulders of the clothes--solves everything!



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 06, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1940s, Head

Air Raid Noise Experiment

These pictures in the Google Arts picture archive don't come with any explanatory text, except that they're from an "Air Raid Noise Experiment" conducted in Nuneaton in 1941. But I suspect that the experiment was part of a series of psychological experiments conducted in the UK in 1941 that attempted to "harden Britons to bomb shock." The idea was to expose people to the sounds of air raid sirens and battle sounds so that they would lose their fear of them. As described in the news clipping below:

The suggestion was advanced that whole populations be put through the experiment to make them 'immune, through familiarity, to fear caused by air raid noises.'










The Greenfield Daily Reporter - Nov 28 1941



I've been aware of these experiments for a while. I previously posted something about them back in 2009. But I just came across these photos and realized they must be from one of these experiments.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 02, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, War, Experiments, Psychology, 1940s

Miss Most Titles

Actress and singer Janis Paige earned the reputation of having the longest list of 'misses' in show business. Her career as a Miss began at the age of 9 when she was awarded the title of Miss Olive Oyl in a Popeye contest. She went on to be named (among other things) Miss Valley Aviation, Miss National Buddy Poppy, Miss Damsite, Miss Front Paige (named by Boston newspaper editors), Miss Delicious Apples, Miss Best Table Decoration, Miss Atomic Energy, Miss Airmail Parcel Post, and Miss Hollywood Canteen.

According to wikipedia, she's currently 95 years old.

Miss Atomic Energy, 1948



Reno Gazette Journal - Apr 14, 1947



Des Moines Register - Jan 16, 1949

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 06, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1940s

Traffic pins with double meanings

From the Feb 1947 issue of Hit Parader magazine. via Kitsch-Slapped.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 05, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Jewelry, 1940s

Easy Does It:  Canned Goods Rule



The bad-acid-trip Good Fairy of Canned Vegetables talks about marketplace disruptions and paradigm shifts, and serves as Cupid. Be sure to enjoy the suicidal tomatoes plunging to their canned goods deaths.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 23, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, Retailing, Food, Cartoons, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #326



1) Sturgeons are the ONLY ones to make caviar, therefore they are best by default, and the point is moot.

2) The mental juxtaposition engendered by this ad between a fishy taste and the taste of coffee is most unpleasant.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1940s

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