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Robert Mitchum Sings

Add Mitchum to our list of "singing actors who probably should have stuck to acting."



Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 26, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Music, 1950s, Alcohol, Cars

Join the Dodge Rebellion

I'm not sure what all the near-disasters that Pamela Austin was made to face had to do with a "Dodge rebellion," but apparently this series of ads was very popular in the 1960s.

Info from Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood:

In a series of commercials for the automaker, the game starlet [Pamela Austin] can be seen "falling off cliffs, shooting out of cannons, and cracking up airplanes" a la Pearl White, all to get the audience to "Join the Dodge rebellion!" Austin was an immediate hit and fan clubs sprung up all across college campuses. Her impact was huge. She took advantage of the publicity and starred as the ultimate damsel-in-distress orphan Pauline in the projected TV series The Perils of Pauline opposite Pat Boone as her star-crossed lover. The pilot was reworked three times before being rejected by the network and wound up being re-edited for a theatrical release in 1967.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 20, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising, 1960s, Cars

From bashful schoolteacher to man-about-town

Sounds to me like the guy bought a Mustang and became a jerk.

Life - Nov 6, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 15, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, 1960s, Cars

Andy Saunders and his Custom Cars




His homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 08, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, United Kingdom, Cars

The death of an anti-seatbelt crusader

Jan 2005: Three months after writing an article in a student newspaper denouncing seatbelt laws as intrusions on individual liberties, Derek Kieper died when a vehicle he was in skidded off an icy road into a ditch. Two others in the car, who were wearing seatbelts, survived. Derek, however, was not wearing a seatbelt.

I don't know if Kieper ever officially won a Darwin Award, but he's certainly been nominated for one by many people.

Lincoln Journal Star - Jan 5, 2005

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 27, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Cars

Rain Goggles For The Motorist

I'm surprised someone isn't selling a battery-operated version of these today as a gag gift. Wouldn't even need to be for motorists. Perfect for anyone out for a stroll in the rain.

The Oklahoma Freedom Call - Feb 8, 1934



"Miss Paddie Naismith, noted English racing chauffeur, is shown wearing the very latest in motor modes, rain goggles, with wipers 'n' everything. A small fan, you can see it over the bridge of the nose, operates the wipers when the car is travelling at speeds in excess of 15 M.P.H. Its inventor is L.A.V. Davoren of London." — International News Photo, Oct 1933
image source: reddit

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 07, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, 1930s, Weather, Eyes and Vision, Cars

Virta Warrens, From Miss Portland 1930 to the Racetrack

Somewhat in our line of Weird Beauty Queens: her title as a queen wasn't weird, but maybe her subsequent career was--for the times!



Source of article below.

Read a short charming memoir written by Virta's daughter here.



Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 24, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1930s, Cars

Drive-In Movie Ads

With over 100 items like this one below, you can easily waste hours at the Internet Archives page called Drive-In Movie Ads.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 21, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, PSA’s, Advertising, Twentieth Century, Cars

Do you have auto legs?

Beauty advice from The Pittsburgh Press (Feb 20, 1938):

The greatest menace to beautiful feminine figures is auto legs. Such is the contention of LeRoy Prinz, Paramount dance director, who makes a living out of his ability to tell a good leg when he sees one. The leg impressario insists that American girls spend so much time riding and so little time walking that the legs don't get enough exercise to develop in shapely fashion, but become knobby, knock-kneed and skinny.





Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 17, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1930s, Legs, Cars

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