Category:
1960s

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica






This bandleader has devoted himself to re-creating the Space Age Bachelor Pad Music of Esquivel. Read about the demented and dedicated fellow here.

The sound in the second clip is a little off, but you'll get the idea. Listen to better samples at the Amazon link.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 19, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Jabberwocky, Scat Singing, Nonsense Verse and Glossolalia, Kitsch and Collectibles, Music, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #128



This is the deodorant for habitual teeter-totter users and sculptors of totem poles.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 01, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #127

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[From Life magazine for Nov 28 1969.]

Yes, I drive a cartoon.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 29, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cartoons, 1960s, Cars

Branded!



This TV theme song and imagery has stuck with me since childhood. It's undeniably powerful still, I think.

But who knew that the armed forces today still do the same thing? Read about the Canadian response to the conviction of a twisted soldier.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 20, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Public Humiliation, Rituals and Superstitions, Television, 1960s, Armed Forces

Follies of the Mad Men #125



1) Our food product is so dense and indestructible that it can serve in place of a football.

2) It is not sold on merits of taste, but simply as a "bulking-up" agent.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 12, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Sports, 1960s

Boredom at Work:  The Empty Life



This is like some episode of MAD MEN created during the actual era. "He makes friends with every ten-dollar tramp that comes along..."

Excellent!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 28, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: PSA's, Work and Vocational Training, 1960s, Mental Health and Insanity

Station Wagon or Limousine?

There was an article in my local paper recently about a man who was loaning his unique car to film-makers. The article didn't include any pictures, however, so I went online to see what made the car so original. I admit that I am not much into cars, even though I love the television show Top Gear. But I know weirdness when I see it, and this car definitely qualifies. This is the 1969 Checker Aerobus (pictured). As you can see, it has four doors on each side. Back then they called it a station wagon, but it is now classified as a limousine. The Checker Motors Corporation is more famously known for manufacturing the iconic taxi cab. The Wikipedia article can tell you more (and it's worth reading).

Posted By: Nethie - Sun Aug 22, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: History, Mass Transit, Motor Vehicles, Cars, Transportation, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #119



Mad Men, here's a secret: music is the realm of emotion and poetry and piercing observations, of romance and satire, of history and dreams.

So when you create a song that is full of boring statistics about a boring object, you look like an idiot, and so does your product.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 19, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, Music, 1960s

The Swing Wing

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 17, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Toys, 1960s, Brain Damage

Strange Change Time Machine



If you ever wanted your kid to grow up to be a mad scientist, this is the toy you bought him or her.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 27, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Toys, 1960s, Fictional Monsters

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