Category:
1960s

The Past Is Another Country #1

From The Saturday Evening Post for April 13 1963.

I'm guessing by the signature that this is the work of Ronald Michaud.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 09, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Cannibalism, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960s, Africa

Flexi Discs

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Vinyl records maintain a certain level of popularity these days. But I don't think anyone plans on reviving the Flexi Disc, which ceased production in the year 2000.

Visit this great site for a history of this odd phenomenon. Be sure to look at the Flexi Disc stamps from Bhutan!

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 24, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Music, Technology, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

Rat Pfink and Boo Boo

I watched this Ray Dennis Steckler gem the other night. If you need more, there are other segments on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 23, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, 1960s, Parody

Slowest Marathon Ever

Now, I can be easily distracted, but I'm nothing compared to this guy. It seems that he stopped for some OJ at a garden party during his run, and just had a hard time starting again. He did eventually finish, 54 years later. Futility Closet

Posted By: Lovemonkey - Mon May 11, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Exercise and Fitness, Sports, 1910s, 1960s

Escalation

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 07, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Parody, Movies, Cartoons, War, 1960s

Political Poster Dress

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Look magazine for August 20, 1968, contained this image, with a small bit of text detailing how famed illustrator Norman Rockwell licensed his images to a firm called Sterling Paper Fashions to produce these election-year paper dresses. How much do you imagine they'd be worth today on the vintage fashion market or elections collectible market?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 28, 2009 - Comments (12)
Category: Fashion, Politics, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Two-Way Stretch

As we all know, Chuck has a recurring theme about how the Brits coddle their prisoners. Apparently, this motif goes back at least as far as 1960, the year that the Peter Sellers film TWO-WAY STRETCH premiered. In this film, Sellers and gang receive deliveries from the milkman and newsboy, keep a cat, steal the warden's ciggies, and generally make their stay quite enjoyable. Until the tough-guy guard known as "Sourkraut" shows up. See some moments below.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 09, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Prisons, Stupid Criminals, 1960s, Europe

The Leader of the Laundromat

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 29, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, 1960s, Parody

Follies of the Mad Men #60

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[From Playboy magazine for December 1965.]

Okay, we get it. Your product has an odd name that might lend itself to a double entendre. Such a campaign worked for Smucker's Jelly & Jams, of course. But the problem lies with the verb "sniff." If the ad had read "May I hold your Klompen Kloggen," all would have been good smutty fun. But although you can indeed hold the unlit tobacco, you can't "hold" the delightfully aromatic pipe smoke (the selling point). So the copywriter is forced to use "sniff."

But sniffing some private portion of another individual (the inescapable connotations of "May I sniff your BLANK...) conjures up all sorts of canine or rutting behavior, not sexy but animalistic. One pictures this pretty woman burying her nose in some guy's armpit--or elsewhere.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 24, 2009 - Comments (29)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Tobacco and Smoking, 1960s

Please, Mr. Custer

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 19, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Humor, Music, 1960s

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