Category:
1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #66

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[From Look magazine for July 22 1958. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Sure, you've all heard of one of the most infamous Madison Avenue displays of ignorance ever, the "flesh-colored Band-aid." But how many of us have actually seen the offending ad?

Here is one instance from many in that racist campaign.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 04, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupidity, 1950s

Dinner with Drac Part 1

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 01, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Horror, Humor, Music, 1950s

Beep, Beep!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 24, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Music, 1950s

Robo-mower!

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[From Look magazine for August 19, 1958. An ad from "America's Independent Electric Light and Power Companies."]

"Go, Robo-mower, and bring me the shapely form of my next-door neighbor's sunbathing wife!"

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 21, 2009 - Comments (14)
Category: Business, Advertising, Utilities, Landscaping, 1950s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Trader Thorne

Maybe the ailing car retailers of 2009 could benefit from watching this old training video. It's short, but in six parts, the subsequent five of which are after the jump.






More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 02, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1950s, Cars

Dolphin High Jump

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How high can a dolphin jump out of the water?

Most sources I've looked at maintain their capacity is five meters, or sixteen feet.

The performance in the video below is posted twice on YouTube, by different folks. And one poster claimed the rope was set at twenty meters. That would be over sixty feet, or as high as a five-story building.

I don't think so. They might have meant twenty feet.

But if we look at the photo to the right (from the Life archives of a Marineland performance from 1958), we see that the dolphin has jumped about three body-lengths out of the water for its treat. (Unless of course it's been lifted up there by humans and nailed by the snout to the pole.) According to Wikipedia, dolphin species vary from four feet to thirty feet long. If we assume this dolphin is ten feet long, then it's jumped thirty feet straight up!

Amazing!



Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 18, 2009 - Comments (15)
Category: Animals, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1950s, Natural Wonders

The Show-Off

I suspect that most WU readers will identify with the bad boy, rather than with the prissy narrator here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 11, 2009 - Comments (19)
Category: Clowns, Education, Movies, Documentaries, Teenagers, 1950s

The Veil

Television has lots of weird practices. Surely, creating ten episodes of a series and never broadcasting them is pretty weird. Yet that's what happened with the Boris Karloff spooky series titled THE VEIL in 1958.

Here's the first part of one of the episodes, with five remaining segments easily found on YouTube, if this portion appeals.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 06, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Television, 1950s

Ostrich Racing


The world is a grimmer and less delightful place without Ostrich Racing, as seen here in 1952 at the Grange County Fair, courtesy of the Life photo archives.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 05, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Parades and Festivals, 1950s

Balancin’ Fool

From Life magazine for March 10 1952, we get eight photos of one Robert Dotzauer, who liked to...well, balance things.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 27, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Eccentrics, Human Marvels, 1950s

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