Category:
1950s

Follies of the Madmen #357



Implicit message: drinking beer is the same as being a scientist.

Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 27, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1950s, Alcohol

Peekaboo Mask and Triffids

Continuing with the theme of odd masks...

London designer Hugh Skillen created this unusual "peekaboo" mask in 1952.

He later went on to design the man-eating plants in the 1963 horror movie The Day of the Triffids.

Newsweek - Jan 5, 1953



Janette Scott being attacked by a triffid — via IMDb.com





Update: I tried to track down more info about Hugh Skillen and have concluded there's some confusion about his biography. Seems there were two Hugh Skillens who both lived in London at around the same time.

There was a Hugh Skillen who was a military officer who helped to develop the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during World War II, and then later worked as a schoolmaster at Harrow County School for Boys. More info about him here.

And then there was the Hugh Skillen who was a costumier, designing costumes for theater productions in London and occasionally working on movies such as The Day of the Triffids.

I don't think these two Hugh Skillens were the same, but IMDb lists the birth/death of the costumier as being the same as the military officer: Aug 22, 1915 to Jan 4, 2004. I'm betting the info is only correct for the military officer.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 17, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Special Effects, 1950s

Dinner With Drac

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Superstition, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #23

2018 NOTE: More masks.


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If these horrifying masks are "lifelike" in the world you come from, I don't want to visit!

From the 1950 catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #355



Oh, no! Will Mr. Decay catch runaway Mr. Tooth? The suspense is unbearable!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Children, 1950s

Khrushchev vs. Lachaise

2018 NOTE: Here is the basis for the ongoing series whose latest entry is today.





Original article behind CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Upon reading this article, I immediately wondered what statue was at the center of the controversy. Finding out took a little google-fu. Eventually, I hit upon the complete catalogue of works shown, in PDF form. Below is the relevant section.



I did not even bother to google any of the other statues after seeing Gaston Lachaise's "Standing Woman."

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Criticism and Reviews, 1950s, Russia, Obesity

Handshake Etiquette

From Amy Vanderbilt's complete book of etiquette: a guide to gracious living (1957).

SHAKING HANDS
A handshake is as much a part of personality as the way we walk, and although we may modify and improve a poor handshake if someone calls our attention to it, it will usually be just like us, assured or timid, warm or cool.

Bad handshakes include the bone crusher—the grip that makes the other person, especially a woman wearing rings, wince. Or a limp, damp handshake that seems to say, "I am not really happy to meet you at all!" Or it may be the kind of straight-arm shake that seems to hold the other person off, or the octopus grip that draws you inexorably toward the shaker, who never seems to want to let go. Then there's the pump handle, or country bumpkin shake, and the very Continental style—reserved for women—which, though not a hand kiss exactly, is cozy and overlong, ending in an intimate little squeeze.

The good handshake is elbow level, firm and brief. A man does not offer to shake hands with a woman unless she makes the move first. Outdoors, it is no longer necessary for him to keep her waiting awkwardly while he removes his glove, nor need he apologize for taking her hand with his glove on. Whether he is shaking the hand of a man or a woman, the shaker must look the person he is greeting firmly in the eye and, at least, look pleasant, if he doesn't actually smile.

The Octopus Grip



The Bone-Crusher
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Nov 21, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 28, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, 1950s

Riding Table Saw



What could possibly go wrong?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 25, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Hobbies and DIY, Chindogu, 1950s

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