Category:
1950s

Follies of the Madmen #391



You have to be tripping on LSD to appreciate us.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 23, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, Surrealism, 1950s

Starlit Stairway





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Amateurs and Fans, Regionalism, Television, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #390



Our coffee is appreciated by harridans and idiots.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 18, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, 1950s

Miss Printer’s Devil 1953





Miss Printer's Devil. Joanne Sullivan, Harbor Jr. College's 'Miss Printer's Devil' will reign over College's First Annual Printer's banquet and ball tonight (Friday). She is shown puzzling out words in galley in school's print shop. Joanne Sullivan (see above) is being shown how to press keys of Linotype by Ronnie Wilson, 18, printer major, who is studying to be a print shop teacher. Linotype requires exact touch to prevent pie (?) of type fonts."


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 04, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Newspapers, Technology, 1950s

Mystery Illustration 77

Who is this innocent young girl-woman?



You can see her also on the left here.



Hint: she became one of the biggest sex symbols of the 20th century.

Answer after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 03, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Sex Symbols, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #387



Don't be a "Pipestem Pete!" Also, how does "energy" fit into a very specific list of vitamins and minerals?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 01, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Food, 1950s, Bodybuilding

The Heaven Pacers Hot Rod Club



Oakland, Calif.--A "Hot Rod" racing club here is believed to be the only organization of its kind in the country which combines auto racing with the practice of Christianity. Known as the Heaven Pacers of the East Bay, the club's 20 active members consider their racing fraternity as a missionary field. Members attend a brief non-denominational service before every race that is held on Sundays, in addition to praying individually during a race. Here. Don Marker, past president of the club, kneels in prayer before his "hot rod." The Heaven Pacers have as their motto this verse from I Corinthians: "Know ye not that they which run in the race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain." (9:24) To join the club, applicants must "know the lord as your own personal saviour," and own or be able to build a "hot rod."


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Religion, 1950s

Smoker’s Robot



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, Chindogu, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #384



How the heck did that tub get out there, and how's that naked gal going to get home?

And without plumbing, will she fill it, pail by pail, with seawater?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Nature, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950s

The Rolligon





Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 14, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Motor Vehicles, 1950s

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