Category:
1950s

The Wellingborough Carnival

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The town of Wellingborough, UK, has been holding a carnival for over 100 years. The old affairs certainly featured things that look weird to us today. Here's a photo album to peruse.

And the Wellingborough Carnival home page reveals this year's affair is on July 7th! Plenty of time to make your plans to attend!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 22, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Holidays, Parades and Festivals, Weird Theory, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Europe

The Jazz Harpsichord of Stan Freeman



If Pugsley Addams had grown up to be a hepcat, this is the music he would have made.

More on the keyboard player here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 21, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, 1950s

Sailor Boys Have Talked to Me in English



A superb addition to our thread of casually racist pop songs.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 11, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Music, Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950s

More Blacky Pictures Test Pix

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A little more ingenious searching allowed me to find three additional Blacky images.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 08, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Sexuality, Psychology, Children, Dogs, 1950s

The Blacky Pictures Test

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What kind of kids' book is this? A Freudian one, to elicit psychosexual reactions from unsuspecting youngsters. Kids would be asked to interpret these loaded pictures, telling stories that revealed their supposed neuroses. Poor Oedipal Blacky, chewing up "Mama's" collar!

The Blacky Pictures were developed in 1950. They have been described as ‘a technique for the exploration of personality dynamics’ in children. They were developed by G. S. Blum in 1949. Each of the 12 cards making up the test feature a dog named ‘Blacky’. Each cartoon represents a different stage of psychosexual development (the way sexual behaviour develops, according to psychoanalysts). The test also looks at family relationships.


These five images are the only ones I have been able to find on the web, out of the 12 originals.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 08, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Sexuality, Psychology, Children, Dogs, 1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #184

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Are those two frosty ones in your pouch, or are you just "hoppy" to see me?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 02, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, 1950s, Alcohol

It’s Everybody’s Business



Wouldn't it be swell if things actually still worked this way?

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 25, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, History, PSA’s, 1950s

Designs on Jerry



The drug intake among the writers on this one was particularly copious.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 21, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Rube Goldberg Devices, Cartoons, 1950s

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths

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Once upon a time, there was a kindly old lady who specialized in creating gruesome murder dioramas. Her name was Frances Glessner Lee, and her little scenes went on to educate criminologists for decades.

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Follow the link for a whole book about her.



Posted By: Paul - Tue May 08, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Crime, Death, Eccentrics, Education, Toys, 1940s, 1950s

The Astounding She Monster



If you like the trailer above, watch the whole film below!


Watch The Astounding She Monster [1958] in Entertainment | View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 28, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Movies, Sexuality, Gender, Women, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

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