Category:
1950s

Vitamin Hats

Hats adorned with "a tasty array of carrots, artichokes, peaches, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, figs and many other delicacies adored by vegetarians."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette - May 25, 1953



Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1950s

Shampoo as suicide prevention

The idea of people who try to kill themselves three ways at once is something that occasionally pops up in weird news. Though I'm not sure if it really belongs to weird news or is more of an urban legend.

Back in 2014, I posted about an attempted 4-way suicide that was reported in 1922. A man tried to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously. But I was also suspicious of that reporting.

Life - Oct 6, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Suicide, 1950s

Atomic Hairdos

How the atomic bomb inspired hairdressers.

La Grande Observer - July 30, 1946



Liliana Orsi, a 22-year-old beauty in Rome, Italy, displays her new atomic hairdo and the photo of the atomic blast which inspired it. It took a hair stylist 12 hours to arrange Liliana's coiffure, so it's not recommended for daily wear. It's an old fashion and something dangerously new. — Mar 8, 1951


What these press agents won't think of! From one Las Vegas beauty salon comes this hair style, modeled by showgirl Terry True. And that big upsweep at the top is supposed to symbolize a mushroom cloud effect of a bomb explosion. The dark ring is a switch, with a jeweled clip to brighten things up.
(AP Wirephoto — Mar 2, 1951)


Mansfield News-Journal - Apr 29, 1946

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 24, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940s, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Worst Appliance Innovation Ever



"Sit right down and rest your elbows on these convenient patented elbow warmers."

No idea why this great idea did not catch on.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 18, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Appliances, 1950s, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise

The Fountain of the World Cult



"Members of Fountain of the World cult in Chatsworth are pallbearers and mourners at funeral of their leader Krishna Venta and two other cult members killed in dynamiting of their headquarters."

Read a long fascinating article on this Manson precursor at the LA WEEKLY.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 16, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Death, 1940s, 1950s

Filter Queen Vibrator

A 1950s gadget that, when attached to the hose of your vacuum, transformed it into a vibrating massager.



"Directions: The Filter Queen Vibrator should be inserted into the wand end of the hose and the hose fastened to the suction inlet of the Filter Queen... For use, place hose on neck, shoulders or other parts of the body to be massaged. See illustration on opposite side of box."





More info: Herald Tribune
Image source: Flickr

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 28, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, 1950s

Jack Punter’s House

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 26, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Architecture, Domestic, Eccentrics, 1950s

How to pepper a ceiling

The ingenuity of teenagers knows no bounds.

The Salem News - Sep 17, 1953



PRANKSTERS PEPPER CEILING — Teenagers have forgotten the goldfish-swallowing fad which swept the U.S. a few years back, but they've started another one which is giving restaurant owners a headache. The new fad requires some drinking straws, chocolate syrup and a bit of wind power. Tom Taylor, left, and John Wasson of Ludington, Mich., show how easily a restaurant ceiling can be "redecorated" by dipping the straw's tissue casing into syrup and shooting it like a blowgun up into the air.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 24, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: 1950s, Pranks

Miss Food Freezer

Continuing our exploration of strange beauty contests, here's the Miss Food Freezer contest of 1951.

Arizona Republic - Mar 6, 1951



The favorite to win seemed to be Marianne Davis, who had already won the title of Miss General Electric. I could be wrong, but in the publicity photo below I think they've got her wrapped in freezer wrap while she sits on top of a deep freeze.

Arizona Republic - Mar 19, 1951



And sure enough, Marianne Davis won the coveted title of Miss Food Freezer. As far as I can tell, 1951 was the only year the contest was held. So she was the one and only Miss Food Freezer.

Arizona Republic - Mar 24, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 23, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Appliances, 1950s

Mystery Illustration 60



Can the appearance of all these white males from 1957 lead us to guess what their common bond was? Judges? Cops? Farmers? Fuller Brush salesmen?

The original has gone dark behind the CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARCHIVES paywall. But luckily I saved the answer--after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 23, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: 1950s, Men

Page 3 of 77 pages  < 1 2 3 4 5 >  Last ›



Get WU Posts by Email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner




weird universe thumbnail
Who We Are
Alex Boese
Alex is the creator and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes. He's also the author of various weird, non-fiction books such as Elephants on Acid.

Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.

Our banner was drawn by the legendary underground cartoonist Rick Altergott.

Contact Us
Monthly Archives
February 2018 •  January 2018

December 2017 •  November 2017 •  October 2017 •  September 2017 •  August 2017 •  July 2017 •  June 2017 •  May 2017 •  April 2017 •  March 2017 •  February 2017 •  January 2017

December 2016 •  November 2016 •  October 2016 •  September 2016 •  August 2016 •  July 2016 •  June 2016 •  May 2016 •  April 2016 •  March 2016 •  February 2016 •  January 2016

December 2015 •  November 2015 •  October 2015 •  September 2015 •  August 2015 •  July 2015 •  June 2015 •  May 2015 •  April 2015 •  March 2015 •  February 2015 •  January 2015

December 2014 •  November 2014 •  October 2014 •  September 2014 •  August 2014 •  July 2014 •  June 2014 •  May 2014 •  April 2014 •  March 2014 •  February 2014 •  January 2014

December 2013 •  November 2013 •  October 2013 •  September 2013 •  August 2013 •  July 2013 •  June 2013 •  May 2013 •  April 2013 •  March 2013 •  February 2013 •  January 2013

December 2012 •  November 2012 •  October 2012 •  September 2012 •  August 2012 •  July 2012 •  June 2012 •  May 2012 •  April 2012 •  March 2012 •  February 2012 •  January 2012

December 2011 •  November 2011 •  October 2011 •  September 2011 •  August 2011 •  July 2011 •  June 2011 •  May 2011 •  April 2011 •  March 2011 •  February 2011 •  January 2011

December 2010 •  November 2010 •  October 2010 •  September 2010 •  August 2010 •  July 2010 •  June 2010 •  May 2010 •  April 2010 •  March 2010 •  February 2010 •  January 2010

December 2009 •  November 2009 •  October 2009 •  September 2009 •  August 2009 •  July 2009 •  June 2009 •  May 2009 •  April 2009 •  March 2009 •  February 2009 •  January 2009

December 2008 •  November 2008 •  October 2008 •  September 2008 •  August 2008 •  July 2008 •