Category:
1950s

A Day of Thanksgiving

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 26, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Family, Food, Holidays, Money, Documentaries, 1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #46

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[From Life magazine for March 5 1956.]

"Dig this crazy mixed-up ice cream!" "Man, it's real cool!"

Yeah, because beatniks like Maynard G. Krebs eat a lot of ice cream!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 20, 2008 - Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fads, Food, Pop Culture, 1950s

Vision in the Forest

More proof that one line-item in the Forest Service budget was devoted to extra-potent hallucinogens.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 18, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Government, Nature, Documentaries, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

Boy With A Knife

Experience the juvie lifestyle!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 05, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Family, Children, Juvenile Delinquency, Parents, Movies, Documentaries, 1950s

Happy Halloween!

What's weird about this cartoon?

Answer after the jump!






More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 31, 2008 - Comments (10)
Category: Holidays, Paranormal, Cartoons, 1950s

Going Steady

Any WU readers confused about "going steady" will certainly benefit from watching this video.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 29, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Education, Family, Movies, Documentaries, Sexuality, 1950s

What Makes Us Tick

Ha-ha-ha-ha! The Stock Market as savior of our nation! (Here in two parts.)



Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 25, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Money, Cartoons, 1950s

Understanding Your Ideals

Let us all learn from Jeff's struggle the true meaning of popularity and hewing to our ideals. And just remember: "Grandma's going to be aaall RIGHT!"

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 22, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Education, Family, Children, Parents, Philosophy, Ethics and Morals, Transportation, 1950s

Blasting Cap Danger!

This is a little slow to get going, and we are denied seeing the children blown to smithereens. But it's pretty entertaining nonetheless. I thought the kids did some good acting. What about you?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 17, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Explosives, Documentaries, 1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #37

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[From Life magazine for June 9 1952.]

We saw how the advertising industry created the concept of "B.O." for "body odor." Here, less successfully, they tried to triple the problem. Note how coyly the term "other personal odors" is used to refer to farting.

Is there any scientific proof that chlorophyll tablets do anything in the human body?

And don't you just love the look of disgust on that gal's face?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 13, 2008 - Comments (12)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Hygiene, Medicine, Obsessions, 1950s

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