Li’l Castros

[From Life magazine for April 13 1959.]

Of course, we all recall personally or at least have heard of the Davy Crockett Craze of the mid-1950's, when Disney's promotional genius had kids everywhere running around in coonskin caps. But who among us lately has dared to summon up memories of the Castro dressup craze from a few years later?

Yes, once upon a time, at the start of his revolution, Castro was received in the USA as a hero of the oppressed peoples of Cuba, and seen as a fit role model for tykes to imitate.

Please click on the image for the full glory of this era, and excuse any flash glare from my poor photo skills. I had to photograph rather than scan, to capture the full impact of the double page spread.
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 05, 2008
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Big Gary--one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist, as we've all learned.
Posted by Paul on 09/05/08 at 12:38 PM
I had a coon skin cap! Wore it lovingly for a whole winter then it ran off with a 'possum.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/05/08 at 01:44 PM
I still see people wearing Che Guevara shirts. We haven't come that far apparently.
Posted by BikerPuppy on 09/05/08 at 02:14 PM
BikerPuppy--excellent point--but not on 8-year-olds...?
Posted by Paul on 09/05/08 at 02:15 PM
Expat47--I was just a tad too young to get in on that craze myself.
Posted by Paul on 09/05/08 at 02:16 PM
I would hope not. I haven't seen any personally.
Posted by BikerPuppy on 09/05/08 at 04:17 PM
Oh. My. God. Methinks we are devolving. Thanks, Pablo, you've shattered my faith in human nature.... (Ok, maybe it was already pretty well dented, but now it's shattered!!!)
Posted by BikerPuppy on 09/05/08 at 06:19 PM
Pablo--awesome find! There will always be "red-diaper babies."
Posted by Paul on 09/06/08 at 11:01 AM
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