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1950s

Cuckoo Girl



Justin Bieber fangirl phenomenon, 1959 version.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 28, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Celebrities, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Music, Teenagers, 1950s

Atomic Dog Tags

September 1950: The AMVETS organization announced its plan to issue plastic dog tags to all civilians in the United States, to help identify people in case of an atomic emergency. The tags would carry the wearer's name, address, and blood-type. The tags were plastic in order to "prevent radiation effects in the event of an atomic explosion."

AMVETS hoped to have the tags issued to all Americans within 18 months, but obviously that never happened.

Some searching has revealed that President Truman and actress Doris Day were presented with their own atomic dog tags, but I'm not sure that anyone else ever got one.

Philadelphia Inquirer - Sep 29, 1950



New Philadelphia Daily Times - Sep 28, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 19, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950s

Betty Reilly, The Irish Senorita:  “The Saga of Elvis Presley”

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Poor forgotten Betty Reilly does not even get a Wikipedia entry, but she had a shtick--and some talent.

The song that she is parodying is in the last video.








Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 18, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950s, Parody

Human Air Raid Siren

January 1951: The Colorado Civil Defense Department received a letter from a woman volunteering to become the state's "first air raid siren."

Terre Haute Tribune - Jan 21, 1951



Perhaps they should have used her. When non-human sirens were installed the following year they reportedly didn't elicit much reaction. From Colorado: A History of the Centennial State:

Mort Stern, a writer for The Denver Post, reported in April 1952, "Denver's first air raid siren since World War II howled like a love-hungry wolf at a full moon at 11 a.m. Monday, but blasé citizens in the downtown area showed not the slightest reaction."

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 16, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: 1950s

Khrushchev vs. Lachaise



Original article here (page 4).

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 - Wed Dec 14, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Criticism and Reviews, 1950s, Russia, Obesity

Miss Mona Lisa 1958

February 1958: A jury of "celebrated painters" convened for the Mona Lisa Grand Prix awarded the title of "Mona Lisa 1958" to Luce Bona. What made the award slightly unusual is that Bona hadn't been a contestant. The judges just happened to see her as she was walking by outside and decided she was the one. At least, that was the story reported in the press.



Louisville Courier-Journal - Feb 19, 1958


Here's the winner from the previous year, Maria Lea. Apparently the gimmick of this contest was that the winner posed in a picture frame, which made her somehow like the Mona Lisa.

The Lincoln Star - Jan 13, 1957


Later in 1958 a jury of French mystery writers selected Luce Bona as the girl with the "Most Devilish Eyes." I'm assuming she was actually entered into that contest.

I can't find any references to Luce Bona after 1958. Perhaps she gave up modeling, despite such a promising start.

Wilmington News Journal - Apr 12, 1958


Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 05, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1950s

The Tubby Hubby Diet



Original ad here.



Original ad here.

I just cannot believe the arrogant sexism and objectifying behavior of Josephine Lowman! I feel cheap and soiled, on behalf of all tubby hubbies.

LATE ADDITION TO THE POST: I could not resist adding this new term I just thought of: "schlub-shaming."

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 01, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Dieting and Weight Loss, Public Humiliation, 1950s

Hypnotist Seeks Humane Turkey Death

November 1956: Hypnotist Arthur Ellen urged President Eisenhower to put his Thanksgiving turkey in a trance before executing it, promising him that a hypnotized turkey "tastes better due to the absence of adrenalin in the bloodstream and plucks easier because the muscles holding the feathers are relaxed."

Port Angeles Evening News - Nov 19, 1956


It's not recorded whether Eisenhower took the advice of the hypnotist. However, Wikipedia notes that, "The Eisenhower Presidential Library says documents in their collection reveal that President Dwight Eisenhower ate the birds presented to him during his two terms."

The tradition of Presidential turkey pardons only officially began with Reagan, although both Kennedy and Nixon spared some birds.

Below: Eisenhower in 1954 feeds a cranberry to a soon-to-be-eaten Thanksgiving turkey.

Image source: White House Historical Association

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 24, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, 1950s

Mystery Illustration 33

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Was this structure ever built? And if so, what was its purpose?

The answer is here.


And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 21, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, 1950s

The Bully

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 19, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activites, PSA's, Children, Juvenile Delinquency, 1950s

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