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1950s

The College Stripper Riot of 1955

The history of monkey-wrenching university protocols did not begin in the 1960s.










Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 05, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Education, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Burlesque, Exotic Dancing, Stripping and Other Forms of Staged Nakedness, 1950s, Pranks

Unlikely Reasons for Murder No. 11

In 1952, a schizophrenic with an eccentric theory of physics murdered a random person.

“Have they dropped the electronic theory?” he asked her.

“I don’t know anything about it,” she replied.

Before she could say more, he fired the gun at her.

“I just wanted to kill somebody,” he told police. “I was going to shoot anybody. It was my book. They wouldn't look at my book. They wouldn't even look at it."

Peakes had done the calculus: Shooting people gets you in the papers. And if you shoot physicists because they rejected your theory, your theory gets in the papers.


Full account here.

The initial coverage below.

Article source: The South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Indiana) 15 Jul 1952, Tue Page 1



Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 02, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Death, Science, Scary Criminals, 1950s, Mental Health and Insanity

Dome living

Future homes will be able to face in any direction—turned from hour to hour or season to season by your electricity. Electrically operated climate-conditioned extensions will permit "spring or summer terraces" all year round—enjoy swimming, winter fun and gardening all at once, if you wish.

I imagine a house like this might be possible to build nowadays, but the monthly electric bill would be a small fortune.

Life - Sep 10, 1956



Related post: The Winooski Dome

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 29, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Utilities and Power Generation, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Homo cerebrointricatus

In 1953, Dr. Wilton Krogman of the University of Pennsylvania used his skills as a physical anthropologist (and his knowledge of human evolution) to predict what humans will look like five million years in the future. He decided that humans will evolve into a species he called Homo cerebrointricatus, meaning super-brained man. Our descendants will have telepathic brains, no stomachs, and "flat, round, pedestal-like feet."

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any illustrations of Homo cerebrointricatus.

Part of his prediction reminds me of the mentats in Frank Herbert's Dune:

Besides supplanting radio and radar, the super-brain will do away with electronic computing devices, because there will be no problem too complex for it to solve. It will be a storehouse of facts and memory as well as a powerhouse for constructive thinking.

Calgary Herald - Oct 22, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 25, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Anthropology, Science Fiction, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

League of Exotic Dancers On Strike



These Hollywood strippers, members of the League of Exotic Dancers, refuse to work because "the low wage scale of $95 at week" they receive when they take time off. They are (l-r): Champagne; Daurene Dare; Jennie "The Bazoom Girl" Lee, president of the league, Rusty Lane; and Novita.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 24, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Entertainment, Dance, Tradesmen, Manual Laborers, and Skilled Workers, Burlesque, Exotic Dancing, Stripping and Other Forms of Staged Nakedness, Public Indecency, 1950s

Miss Voodoo

Stella Danfray, aka "Miss Voodoo," seemed poised to become a movie star when she arrived in the United States from France in 1950. She had all kinds of meetings lined up with Hollywood bigwigs.

New Castle News - Jan 7, 1950



Source: Oklahoma Historical Society



But it turned out that Miss Voodoo had some peculiar views about marital relations. Unprompted, she told a reporter that she thought American husbands were browbeaten and should slap their wives.

I don't know if this comment ended her Hollywood career before it even began (as far as I can tell, she never appeared in any movies), but it definitely turned the American press against her. Within a few months she had left America. She continued working as a model in Europe for a number of years. I don't find any more references to her after 1955.

Montreal Daily Star - May 25, 1950



La Crosse Tribune - Sep 24, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 23, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Husbands, Wives, Marriage, 1950s

Hi-Fi Addiction

Back in 1957, Dr. H. Angus Bowes argued that many Hi-Fi enthusiasts were, in fact, addicted to their music systems in an unhealthy way. I'm sure there are still people today who exhibit similar symptoms.

The addict gets a great feeling of control when, with a flick of the wrist, he can attenuate his treble, emphasize his bass, turn the volume down to a whisper or blast his neighborhood with a "Niagara" of sound.

One addict said he would not be satisfied until he could hear the drip of saliva from the French horns as they were emptied after a powerful brass passage, Dr. Bowes reported.

El Paso Herald-Post - Apr 15, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 19, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Psychology, 1950s

Script-Analyzer, the game

1957: Ideal Toy Co. came out with "Script-Analyzer," the game that promised to let kids psychoanalyze their parents through the magic of handwriting analysis.

This, the manufacturer says, enables the child to interpret handwriting and determine whether his parents are talented, influential, friendly, virtuous, and so on.

NY Daily News - Mar 4, 1957



Vancouver Sun - Apr 2, 1957



"A handwriting game being analysed by members of the Ideal Toy panel on Inventor's Day at the Ideal Toy Company in Hollis, New York."



NY Daily News - Mar 5, 1956

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 16, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Games, 1950s

Miss Esperanto

I have three references to this contest, from 1929, 1963 and 1967. No firm idea of how long it lasted, if it's still going on, or if it was held faithfully every year.







Puccini's opera 'La 66Bohème' was performed as a special performance for the Esperantists. Finally, Miss Maria Wenczel from Hungary was chosen as 'Miss Esperanto 1963'. Diethilde Magori from Germany and Helen Salmos from Sweden took second and third place in this competition. After the end of the congress, the young people drove to Sofija in a special caravan, where they were expected by the 48th Esperanto World Congress.








Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 16, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Languages, 1920s, 1950s, 1960s

Symphony of the Birds

Jim Fassett, musical director at CBS Radio in the 1950s, took pre-recorded bird songs and arranged them into a three-movement "Symphony of the Birds." After its release in 1957, the record gradually acquired a following, largely due to being an early example of experimental music, but also because it was such an oddity. It was eventually reissued in 2006.

Note: Discogs.org (and every other site I can find that discusses the album) says it was released in 1960, but newspapers and magazines were discussing its release in 1957.

More info: soundohm.com



Tampa Bay Times - Apr 28, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 14, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, 1950s

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