Category:
1960s

Wong Tai Tung’s Metal Brassiere

In 1968, the British Patent Office granted Wong Tai Tung of Hong Kong Patent No. 1,105,147 for "Improvements in or relating to Brassiere Garments". From his patent:

The human civilization is making progress day by day. The present thinking is in favour of increasing exposure of the parts of their body, especially the female bosom which is attractive to everybody with its charm.

It is the most important point for women to have decorated brassiere garments to enhance the beauty of the bosom.

In order to meet with their requirement, I have invented a decorative metal brassiere garment. It makes the bosom appear bigger because of the twingle and sparking light of ornaments of gems and pearls on the garment.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 14, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Underwear, Patents, 1960s

Super Ball Music and the Super Bowl



Wham-O introduced the Super Ball in 1965. It was a huge success as a toy, but it also inspired music... and was the reason the Super Bowl got its name. From Wikipedia:

Composer Alcides Lanza purchased several Super Balls in 1965 as toys for his son, but soon he started experimenting with the sounds that they made when rubbed along the strings of a piano. This resulted in his composition Plectros III (1971), in which he specifies that the performer should use a pair of Super Balls on sticks as mallets with which to strike and rub the strings and case of a piano.

Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, watched his children playing with a Super Ball and then coined the term Super Bowl. He wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle dated July 25, 1966: "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon." The league's franchise owners had decided on the name AFL–NFL World Championship Game, but the media immediately picked up on Hunt's Super Bowl name, which became official beginning with the third annual game in 1969.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 13, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Sports, Toys, 1960s

The Unisphere Hairdo

Rival strippers with the same "unique" hairdo! I predict a catfight!



Stylist John Fonda finishes up the stripper Ecstasy's new look -- "The Unisphere Hairdo" -- inspired by the official symbol of the New York World's Fair of 1964.




Ann Corio, star of "This Was Burlesque", watches in the mirror as stylist John Fonda puts the finishing touches on "The Unisphere Hairdo", inspired by the official symbol of the 1964 NY World's Fair.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 28, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Burlesque, Exotic Dancing, Stripping and Other Forms of Staged Nakedness, 1960s, Hair and Hairstyling

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

Lily & Maria



"I knew the shape of thirsty flowers..."



Their Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 10, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Music, 1960s

Relax With My Horns

Not an album for those suffering from coulrophobia.

Info from mps-music.com:

Recorded in 1966, Relax With My Horns and Vision are companion albums set in trio. [Hans] Koller shares some of the compositional and arrangement work with Viennese Hans Rettenbacher, who was one of the most sought after bassists on the European scene, as his work with the likes of Eric Dolphy and Don Ellis can attest.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 03, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Clowns, Music, 1960s

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