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1950s

The Ford House of Aurora, Illinois



1951 article here.

Apparently still extant, according to this great set of current pics.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 26, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Architecture, 1950s

Target Practice

Did she hit her target, or miss?

Grand Prairie Daily News - May 13, 1954



In Gutersloh, Germany, police arrested Friedelina Kleine-Beek after she followed her husband to a local tavern, watched through the window as he raised a glass of beer to his lips, then carefully aimed a rifle and fired, shattering the glass, but leaving her husband unscathed.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 24, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Marriage, 1950s, Couples

The Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish



Lately I have been listening to a lot of Martin Denny, the inventor of exotica music. I think he certainly qualifies as weird. As do Exotik-A-GoGo, modern interpreters of his work.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 22, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1950s

Mystery Illustration 41

image

What famous film comedian is this drawing supposed to represent?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 18, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Comics, 1950s, Comedians

Nullo Deodorant

Still available today.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 02, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Body, Hygiene, 1950s

Fish Bowl Fashion

Some examples of fish bowls (with live fish) incorporated into fashion:

In 1954, Kathleen Radel created fish bowl earrings containing live guppies.

The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 4, 1954



More recently, London fashion designer Cassandra Verity Green included a goldfish handbag in her "Neptune's Daughter" collection of knitwear.



And finally, there's the Japanese artist Eijiro Miyama who's known for riding around on his bicycle wearing, among other things, fish bowl earrings that contain live goldfish.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 26, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Jewelry, 1950s

Death by Space Helmet

Another example of the danger of reading comic books. From July 1954:

a man suffocated by a plastic raincoat round his head was trying to copy a space-helmet he saw illustrated in a "comic." He appeared to be trying to imagine the sensation of travelling through space.

See here for a previous example.

The Guardian - July 27, 1954



Perhaps the space helmet that inspired him looked something like this:

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 25, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Comics, Headgear, 1950s

Secret to a successful marriage

February 1954: J. Frank Winebrenner, wed 72 years, when asked what the secret to his successful marriage was, replied, "We did little fussin'. We said little. Mostly we just set."

Looks like Frank died in March 1955 and Tressa in 1956. They're still "setting" together, saying little.

Chicago Daily Tribune - Feb 10, 1954



Los Angeles Times - Feb 4, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 24, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Marriage, 1950s

Live Burros By Mail!



I want these at the Spencer's Gifts location in my local mall!

From THE ELKS MAGAZINE for October 1954.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 24, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Retailing, 1950s

Joan Ridgway, Yodeling Cowgirl





Plenty more of her on YouTube. But hardly any biographical info. What little there is seems to indicate that despite all cultural signifiers, she was Australian, not American.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 21, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Human Marvels, Music, 1950s, Australia, North America

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