Category:
1960s

Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back

Paean to an outhouse.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Domestic, Music, Excrement, 1960s

Girl Scouts File Suit

The most controversial poster of 1969, which prompted the Girl Scouts to file suit. Although a judge threw out the case, citing no evidence that the organization had suffered any damages.

Read the lawsuit: GIRL SCOUTS OF U.S. OF A. v. PERSONALITY POSTERS MFG. CO.

source: Vintage Girl Scout



Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle - Aug 6, 1969



Austin American - Oct 10, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 09, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Lawsuits, 1960s, Pregnancy

Paco Rabanne Metal Dresses

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

The Four Preps Diss Their Rivals

Two early examples of the diss track.



Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 24, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Rivalries, Feuds and Grudges, 1960s

Girl Frozen Alive

A popular publicity stunt for selling cars during the 1960s.

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 10, 1968



Louisville Courier-Journal - Nov 12, 1965



Marion Star - June 17, 1965



Lebanon Daily News - Oct 7, 1968



Cincinnati Enquirer - May 7, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 19, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Publicity Stunts, 1960s

Urban transport of the future

"The nightmare of traffic jams. On a street in New York City, the postal clerk George A. Compton, immobilized with his car in a traffic jam, after an exasperating wait went berserk. He got out of the car and took off his shoes and started to climb the river of cars, leaping easily from car to car."



"Will cities be like this? Here's how the problem of traffic in cities could be lightened, if not completely solved: tiny single-seater cars that occupy a small area."



Source: La Domenica del Corriere - December 16, 1962 (via ebay)

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Mass Transit, Transportation, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

The Stay-Alert Game

Briefly experimented with in 1969 as a way to motivate U.S. troops in Vietnam to stay alert, fight better, and avoid casualties. The idea was that combat would be turned into a game. Each platoon was awarded points for enemy troops killed, weapons captured, and rice caches discovered. But they lost points if they suffered any battle casualties. The winning platoon would receive two or three days off at a rest center.

Troops hated the stay-alert game, so it was quickly mothballed.

Appleton Post-Crescent - May 5, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 17, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Games, Military, War, Armed Forces, 1960s

Bacchus After-Shave

Very strange 1969 ad campaign for Bacchus after-shave. The premise is that instead of leaving a giant horse outside of Troy, the Greeks actually left a "towering bottle of Bacchus," and that this caused the Trojan women to become so wild with lust that the Trojan men no longer had time for fighting.

It then follows this up with the tagline: "The Romans conquered an empire with it. Go out and conquer yours."

But what do the Romans have to do with the Trojan horse? Rome didn't even exist at the time of the Trojan war. I guess there's a vague connection because the Romans believed they were descended from the Trojans, but even so the history seems hopelessly muddled.



Esquire - Jan 1970

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 16, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: History, Advertising, 1960s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Follies of the Madmen #382



Associating your product, even in jest, with reviled aristocrats: not the smartest move.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 11, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Royalty, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s

Mystery Illustration 76



What actress, most famous in the 50s and 60s, lurks beneath this makeup?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 08, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Hollywood, 1950s, 1960s

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