Posts tagged with ‘1950s

Leonard Nimoy in the military in 1953
To remind the world he wasn’t always a wise Vulcan, earlier this week, Leonard Nimoy tweeted this picture of his much younger self in the Army in 1953.

Leonard Nimoy in the military in 1953

To remind the world he wasn’t always a wise Vulcan, earlier this week, Leonard Nimoy tweeted this picture of his much younger self in the Army in 1953.

Larry Griswold on the Frank Sinatra Show 1951

Pretty remarkable act from the bygone days when entertainment didn’t involve cock jokes and twerking.

The American government’s advice for yeti hunters in 1959

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In 1953, when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the peak of Everest, they reported seeing large human-like tracks in the snow that many interpreted to have been left by the legendary yeti. Just in case it existed, in 1959, the US government issued official guidelines to anyone in Nepal who might want to hunt the mysterious beast.

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Illicit gay photobooth kiss would have gotten both of these guys in serious trouble, when the photo was taken in 1953
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Illicit gay photobooth kiss would have gotten both of these guys in serious trouble, when the photo was taken in 1953

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How presidential candidates pandered to women voters in the 1950s

2012 has been called by some, “The Year of the Woman” in American politics, due to the record number of women running for office or holding political office, holding powerful positions in government and women’s issues being on the front burner of both campaigns. Presidential candidates in the 50s also went after women voters, but as you can see in this 1956 Eisenhower ad, it was a much different tone.

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In the 1950s, AT&T may have been trying to scare kids away from telephones

In the 50s, only about 60% of homes in the US had telephones. This film was made to educate kids and families about the awesomeness of having a phone… or maybe it was created to try and show children how terrifying phones could be.

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Yucca Flat, Nevada 1955: The real Fallout town

Part of the charm of the Fallout series is its combination of post-apocalyptic hellishness and its 1940s-1950s Nuclear Age naive charm. And much of the look and feel of the Fallout games is based on places like Yucca Flat, which was part of the Nevada Test Range, where scientists blew the holy hell out of the desert to see what it would look like.

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Read this full issue of ‘Girl Watcher’ magazine from 1959. Creepy.

Way back before the internet, before guys could leer at photos of random women in the privacy of their own home, some guys were into just leering at random women out in public. There was even a magazine for this hobby called Girl Watcher, that offered voyeur photos and tips on how to be a creeper without being caught.

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Slouching makes you a terrible, terrible person who deserves to be an outcast

In this educational film from the 1950s, you’ll learn that slouching makes you an awful person, a social outcast and no one will ever love you. You’ll die sad and slouched and alone.

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Saturday morning cartoons: “Les Astronautes” by Walerian Borowczyk (1959)

If not for the cutting and pacing of the film, it would be easy to imagine Walerian Borowczyk’s Les Astronautes had been made today—and not in 1959. The tinted collage cut-out style ages more gracefully than many other styles, and especially so when placed in the hands of a graphic master like Borowczyk.

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