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President Truman and the Albino Kangaroo



Source.

The animal was spoken of at a press conference.



Source.

But according to LIFE, it came with a name.



Source.

BTW: what was meant by Truman being good at naming dinosaurs? I think this is the answer:



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 20, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, 1950s, Australia, North America

Eisenhower on Modern Art

Apparently, Nikita K. wasn't the only critic of modern art outraged by the 1959 exhibition, as you can see from the article below. Eisenhower and Harry Truman weighed in at times.

But Eisenhower, like George W. Bush today, also painted as well, presumably showing us what he regarded as good art.








Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 12, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Government, 1950s, Russia

New Frontier Board Game

"New Frontier" board game, "THE GAME NOBODY CAN WIN", designed by Colorful Products, Inc. The game is an anti-John F. Kennedy, anti-socialist "twist" on the MONOPOLY board game published by Parker Brothers. The front of the package reads "The Funniest Political / Game of the Century!" over the silhouette of rocking chair labeled "J.F.K.". The game board contains references to Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Edward Murrow, et al. The game was packaged by the Occupational and Training Center of Help for Retarded Children, Inc.


More pix at this link.

A few others here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 07, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Government, 1960s, Satire

The Presidential Comedy Albums of Earle Doud

Everyone knows the famous JFK-Vaughn Meader album. But how many realize the producer Earle Doud went on with that theme, to much less acclaim?

I can't seem to find any clips on YouTube of the later ones.









Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 08, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Government, Humor, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

Chet Huntley Explains the Strategic Air Command



Be sure to enjoy the SAC theme song starting around 6:30.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 01, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Government, Music, War, Weapons, 1960s

Harvesting and Storage of Sorghum Silage

In our untiring quest to find the most boring material ever filmed or written, which began with "Timber Bridge Inspection," reposted below, we bring you the entire contents of a scintillating pamphlet.







Original document here.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 20, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Agriculture, Boredom, Government, 1970s

Nixon and Snooks



Original article here.




Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 13, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Government, Dogs, 1950s, 1960s

The Land of Oz Playground

Alas, for human failure:

The Land of Oz playground was located within the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park located at 14201 Huston Street in Sherman Oaks. Planning for the playground, which broke ground on November 27, 1964, began as a joint venture between the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, the Van Nuys Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Children's Play Park Association. However, lack of funding for the 'Wizard of Oz' themed playground caused construction to drag on for more than a decade. In the end, the city withdrew further support for the failed project which was left incomplete and with only a few structures standing, the 'Over the Rainbow' bridge and 'Munchkinland' castle. Over the years, with no funding for maintenance or security, the play area and its structures fell victim to gang and drug activity, vandalism, and decay and were demolished in the late 1980's.






Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 25, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Disasters, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Government, Fantasy, 1960s

On Horseback and By Highway: Administrative Facilities of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 1902-1960.

It's been way too long since we set the Gold Standard of Boredom with the TIMBER BRIDGE INSPECTION video.

But maybe we can match it with this pamphlet. Feel free to read all 214 pages at the link.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 22, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Boredom, Government, Twentieth Century

The Wildflower State

Texas license plates currently display the slogan "The Lone Star State." But before that became the license plate motto, state residents had to fight off a number of attempts to display slogans that weren't quite as manly.

In 1985, Texas highway commissioners voted to display "The Wildflower State" on Texas tags. The phrase would have been printed over a faint outline of a bluebonnet. The idea prompted 57 state lawmakers to sign a letter of protest. Critics complained that the slogan "dealt a blow to the Texas mystique." So the commissioners backed down.

Then, in 1989, the commissioners wanted to display "The Friendship State" on plates. After all, the state motto is "Friendship." But again, popular protests complained that the phrase was "too wimpy."

It was only in 1992 that the commissioners finally gave in to popular demands and started printing "The Lone Star State" on plates.

If you're interested in the history of Texas license plates, Wikipedia has a list of their design by year.

Longview News Journal - July 26, 1985



Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 23, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Government, Motor Vehicles

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