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1950s

Les Baxter



It's never not a good time to contemplate the miracle of Les Baxter and his music.

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 03, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1950s, 1960s

Patricia McCormick, Female Bullfighter

There haven't been many female bullfighters, and being a female bullfighter back in the 1950s made Patricia McCormick even more of an oddity. Wikipedia offers this brief bio of her:

Patricia debuted as a bullfighter in September 1951 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. She joined the Matador's Union soon after and began bullfighting as a professional Matadora in January 1952. Throughout her decade-long career, she fought in 300 corridas throughout Mexico and Venezuela. Six times bulls gored her, once so seriously that a priest administered last rites.







Wikigender has some info about the history of female bullfighting:

Women have fought bulls since the 18th century, but a law in 1908 banned then from the ring on the grounds of "decency and public morality". The restriction was lifted in the 1930s but reimposed by the dictator Francisco Franco in 1940. It was lifted again only after his death in 1975. Women bullfighters still remain rare.

Read more about McCormick here and here.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 28, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Sports, 1950s

One of My Xmas Gifts

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Vintage paperbacks are the best!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 26, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Holidays, Books, 1950s, Europe

Most Disturbing Cartoon Lion Ever

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Source of image in Amazon link.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 20, 2012 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Comics, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #195



This one comes courtesy of longtime WU-vie Expat47.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 15, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Junk Food, Reader Recommendation, 1950s

Documenta

I'm sorry I learned about the Documenta Art Festival only just now. The thirteenth one occured this past September, and there won't be another for five more years.

We'll have to content ourselves with these videos till then.











Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 06, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, 1950s, Europe, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Queen Elizabeth, Teenybopper

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[Original article here.]

Courier Mail Wednesday 19 September 1956

The Queen sees Rock 'n' roll Film


London. September 18. (AAP)- Queen Elizabeth has asked to see the film “Rock Around the Clock” which has led to rock 'n' roll disturbances in several British towns.

A copy of the film was sent from London yesterday to Balmoral, where the Queen is on holiday, the Daily Mirror said today.

The Daily Express reported that showings of “Rock Around the Clock” has been banned by country councils in Stockport, Cheshire, and Gloucestershire yesterday.

But at Burt St. Edmunds in Suffolk, no objections were raised by members of a watch committee after a private showing of the film.

Sir Malcolm Sargeant, conductor of the BBC symphony orchestra, said to day that rock 'n' roll music was “nothing more than an exhibition of primitive tom tom thumping, and was ‘centuries old’. It was not ‘new and wonderful’ as many young people thought. It had been played in the jungles for centuries.”


At age 86, Queen Elizabeth reminds no one of a rocker--although she does hand out a lot of knighthoods to musicians. But in 1956, at age 30, she could really groove.

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She was obviously remembering those days in 1979, when she and Bill Haley reconnected for the first time in nearly 25 years.


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[Original text here.]

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 04, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Royalty, 1950s, Europe

A Knight in her Armor

Came across this in Newsweek, Jan 19, 1953. I bet a lot of WUvies were pretty weird as kids, but how many of us wore suits of armor to school? And this was several decades before the invention of Dungeons & Dragons. I wonder what became of Tina Inge. She's quite likely still out there somewhere, but is she still wearing her armor?

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 25, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Children, 1950s

Intermission Ads:  An Abandoned Artform











Artforms are not eternal. Sonnets don't get written much anymore. And certainly the Golden Age of the intermission advertisement is, lamentably, long gone.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 12, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Food, Movies, Advertising, 1950s, 1960s

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