Category:
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 (1)
Category: Animals, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, 1950s

Miss Popcorn

A few of the holders of the "Miss Popcorn" title. It seems the title must have been discontinued after Miss Popcorn of 1952 generated a bit of bad press.

Chicago Tribune - Oct 21, 1950



Cincinnati Enquirer - Mar 11, 1951



Palm Beach Post - Nov 12, 1952





Windsor Star - Aug 6, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 11, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Food, 1950s

Meats for Babies

Back in the late 1940s and early 50s, Swift's urged mothers to start feeding their babies canned, processed meat at 6 weeks because "Results of actual test feedings with six-weeks-old infants show meat gives baby a better start in life!”

I'm no expert, but six weeks seems awful early to start feeding your kid meat, even if it has been pureed into meat mush. Aren't most kids still on breast milk or formula at six weeks?



Boston Globe - Apr 4, 1948

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 05, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Babies, Food, 1950s

Arthur Godfrey Sings MARIAN THE LIBRARIAN

An absolutely horrible version of a great song.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 05, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Libraries, 1950s

Mystery Gadget 69



What's it for? There's a clue in its surroundings.

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 03, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #398



Usage of this product enables user to read the mystical language of flowers.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, Body Fluids, Languages, Nature, 1950s

Striporama



Quite safe for work, believe it or not.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 25, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Sex Symbols, 1950s

Motorized Skis



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Chindogu, 1950s

Superman to the Rescue!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 08, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Food, Comics, 1950s

Tunies, the tuna hot dog

The creation of William Lane, who envisioned selling them to Catholics who couldn't eat meat on Fridays. Lane also planned to expand his offerings to include Mar-tunies, a cocktail size hot dog, and Sea-lomi, a salami substitute.

It's not clear what became of Tunies. A reporter from Star News speculates that they may have been a victim of the Pope’s decision to rescind meatless Fridays in 1967 (although did the Pope ever weigh in on this issue? Some googling suggests it was actually the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which made this decision, in 1966). Anyway, I can't find any evidence of Tunies being sold after 1962.

Chula Vista Star-News, California, October 31, 1957 via Yesterday's Print



The San Francisco Examiner - Dec 4, 1958

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 07, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Religion, 1950s

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