Category:
1950s

Follies of the Madmen #340



Sexy zebra endorses nylons.

Original ad here.

UPDATE: alas, ad now behind a paywall since I found it.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 11, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Sex Symbols, Underwear, 1950s

Atomic Protection Fashion

"how the housewife of the future might do her shopping during danger of atomic attack. The ensemble consists of a hood and goggles for protection against atomic flashes, a cloak and a gas mask to protect the lungs from atomic dust."

Because not even the threat of nuclear war is going to stop the weekly shop!

Akron Beacon Journal - May 7, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 07, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #338



Original ad here.

I find this ad too creepy for me even to register the product, as if it were something out of THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

But perhaps that's because I was seriously creeped out by this comic book cover when I was a kid!



Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 02, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Body Modifications, Business, Advertising, Products, Puppets and Automatons, Comics, 1950s, 1960s

A Rose and a Baby Ruth



Apology on the cheap.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 30, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Nature, Teenagers, Candy, 1950s, Love & Romance

A Is for Atom PSA



Dr. Atom is a hideous abomination of nightmare fuel.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 29, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: PSA's, Science, 1950s

Vitamin Hats

Hats adorned with "a tasty array of carrots, artichokes, peaches, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, figs and many other delicacies adored by vegetarians."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette - May 25, 1953



Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1950s

Shampoo as suicide prevention

The idea of people who try to kill themselves three ways at once is something that occasionally pops up in weird news. Though I'm not sure if it really belongs to weird news or is more of an urban legend.

Back in 2014, I posted about an attempted 4-way suicide that was reported in 1922. A man tried to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously. But I was also suspicious of that reporting.

Life - Oct 6, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Suicide, 1950s

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

Worst Appliance Innovation Ever



"Sit right down and rest your elbows on these convenient patented elbow warmers."

No idea why this great idea did not catch on.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 18, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Appliances, 1950s, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

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

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