Category:
1950s

The Whirlybirds

Once upon a time, helicopters were miraculous and sexy enough to fuel a TV show. What technology could do so today? THE SEGWAY SQUAD? ADVENTURES OF THE JUMP BIKE PATROL? CAPTAIN BIRD SCOOTER?

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 23, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, Television, Air Travel and Airlines, 1950s

Hot Dog Boogie

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 19, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Dogs, 1950s

The House in the Middle

Atomic bombs hate slums, but respect a nice clean domicile.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 13, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Death, Destruction, Domestic, War, 1950s

Nuking the Moon



Project A119, also known as A Study of Lunar Research Flights, was a top-secret plan developed in 1958 by the United States Air Force. The aim of the project was to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon, which would help in answering some of the mysteries in planetary astronomy and astrogeology. If the explosive device detonated on the surface, not in a lunar crater, the flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on Earth with their naked eye, a show of force resulting in a possible boosting of domestic morale in the capabilities of the United States, a boost that was needed after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race and was also working on a similar project.

The project was never carried out, being cancelled primarily out of a fear of a negative public reaction, with the potential militarization of space that it would also have signified, and because a Moon landing would undoubtedly be a more popular achievement in the eyes of the American and international public alike. A similar project by the Soviet Union also never came to fruition.



Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 10, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Explosives, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Government, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s, North America, Russia

Cinerama’s SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

The IMAX of my youth. Is anyone today awed or thrilled by any of the world's "seven wonders?" Or has an interconnected, over-exposed media environment rendered this type of film a dead genre?

The film's scant Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 09, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Culture and Civilization, Foreign Customs, Documentaries, 1950s, Natural Wonders

I Was a Teenage Brain Surgeon

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 03, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Music, Surgery, Teenagers, 1950s, Brain

What we’ll wear in space

So, what was the logic of the single arm emerging from the chest?





Mechanix Illustrated - Jan 1956

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 28, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Space Travel, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #426



Favorite shirt of pistoleros everywhere!

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 27, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Guns, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #425



Would any "respectable" company today use, oh, Dita von Teese as their product spokeswoman?

Oh, wait a minute--they would!

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Sex Symbols, 1950s, Twenty-first Century

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