Category:
1960s

Mystery Illustration 70



S&M model? Or not?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 17, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1960s

Mystery Man Mask

Ads for this "Mystery Man Mask" ran in various monster-themed magazines, such as Spacemen, during the early 1960s.

It made me think of some of the other creepy masks we've posted about in the past. (see below)

via The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks



Other masks previously featured on WU:

Ski masks for chilly cheeks



Styling on the slopes



Identity-preserving balaclava

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1960s

Anti-Puberty Pill

In 1969, British health officer Dr. J.V. Walker proposed the development of a pill "to give young people to delay the onset of sexual maturity until they leave college and could earn their own living." Walker felt certain "it should not be difficult to develop a hormone preparation for the job."

Such a pill would certainly change the college experience for most people.

Akron Beacon Journal - June 1, 1969



A bit of research revealed that this J.V. Walker was Joseph V. Walker, health officer of Darlington. I couldn't find a fuller description of his anti-puberty pill, but I did come across a letter he sent to the Health Education Journal (March 1, 1970) in which he worried that young women would develop into "promiscuous addicts" if they didn't preserve their virginity until marriage. I suppose his pill would help with that goal as well.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 13, 2018 - Comments (10)
Category: Health, 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Chastity belt maker fights taxation

What I find most interesting is not the tax issue, but the claimed alternative uses of the chastity belts—as holders for flower pots and ice buckets. Also, "A spokesman for the firm said that Prince Charles bought two belts last year to use as toilet roll holders."

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - June 19, 1969



Melbourne Age - June 29, 1974



image source: afr.com

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 08, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Sex Toys, 1960s

Animal of the Month Club

Creative Playthings, Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey launched its "Animal of the Month Club" in 1968. For $19.95, subscribers received small animals in the mail— not actually every month as the name of the club implied, but every few months. The animals included Argentine toads, a "mystery snail," newts, musk turtles, African underwater frogs, and Siamese fish.

The club reflected Creative Playthings philosophy of "helping children to learn while they play." There was, unfortunately, one big problem with the execution of the concept. The animals kept dying in the mail. So, by 1970, the club was no more.

Tyrone Daily Herald - Apr 1, 1969



Akron Beacon Journal - Apr 20, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 06, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, 1960s, Postal Services

The Pretzel Jetzel





Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 05, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Toys, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #354



"That should give you time to mow the lawn!"

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 04, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Family, Food, 1960s

Edible Bonsai



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 03, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Surrealism, 1960s

Ted Serios and his Thoughtographs



Theodore Judd Serios (1918-2006), a bellhop from Chicago who appeared to possess a genuinely uncanny ability. By holding a Polaroid camera and focusing on the lens very intently, he was able to produce dreamlike pictures of his thoughts on the film; he referred to these images as "thoughtographs..."


Full article here.

Collection of thoughtographs here.

Wikipedia page here.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 28, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Photography and Photographers, Unsolved Mysteries, 1960s

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