Category:
1950s

Mystery Illustration 80



An estate sale? A trade show? What event brings these objects together?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 11, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: 1950s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 19



Not sure how I'd feel about this sculpture if I were a British woman.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 05, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, 1940s, 1950s, Europe, Russia

Miss Christmas Tree 1951



Selected 'Miss Christmas Tree of 1951' by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn, who arrived in the United States seven weeks ago from Paris, France, is a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper, reported 'she seemed prettier that the rest of them'.


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Holidays, 1950s

Dr. Lapp’s Sperm Bank

1957: Atomic physicist Ralph Lapp urged that the government should start stockpiling human sperm in lead-lined containers for use following a nuclear war.

In the radioactive shambles following an all-out hydrogen-bomb war, female survivors would thus have a source of prewar unirradiated sperm to replace that of her irradiated husband. “This would mean many children will have the same father, and even grandfather,” Lapp pointed out. “But it would cut the genetic consequences [of all-out war] more than in half, since the female is less sensitive to radiation than the male in terms of the sperm versus the ovum.”

New York Daily News - June 6, 1957



Newsweek - June 17, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 15, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

Frances Faye and Friends

An early tribute to polymorphous perversity.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Sexuality, 1950s

Better Use of Leisure Time



The dangers of moping.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 13, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Movies, PSA’s, 1950s

Putnik Ride

It's hard to see what this thing did, other than revolve around the fake Earth. Swing up and down, maybe? I assume there was a counterbalancing capsule on the other end of the boom.

Plus, 300 riders per hour? Three in each capsule, as shown. Six total per "ride." That's fifty rides per hour, given filling and emptying the capsules. One minute swinging around at the end of a boom?

Surely one of the dullest rides ever invented.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 28, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Boredom, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #402



Sentient shoe is happy to be ground face-first into floor, so long as floor is shiny clean.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Domestic, 1950s

Merry Christmas 2018!



Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 25, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Music, 1950s

Live Burros From Spencer Gifts

Why oh why did Spencer Gifts ever discontinue this item? My entire Xmas shopping for many people would have been accomplished with one order!



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, 1950s

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