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November 14, 2019

38 Black and White Found Photos Show Street Scenes of New York in the 1950s

As many great cities lay in ruins after World War II, New York City assumed a new global prominence. It became the home of the United Nations headquarters, built 1947–1952.

Inherited the role from Paris as center of the art world with Abstract Expressionism; and became a rival to London in the international finance and art markets.

Midtown Manhattan, fueled by postwar prosperity, was experiencing an unprecedented building boom that changed its very appearance. Glass-and-steel office towers in the new International Style began to replace the ziggurat-style towers (built in wedding-cake style) of the prewar era.

Also rapidly changing was the eastern edge of the East Village close to FDR Drive. Many traditional apartment blocks were cleared and replaced with large-scale public housing projects.

These fascinating black and white photos were found by mybelair62 that show street scenes of New York in the 1950s.

15 Park Avenue

Boat at NYC dock

Broadway theatre

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

35 Amazing Vintage Print and TV Ads for 1970 Dodge Models

Dodge is one of those all-time favorite, American automobile brands manufactured by Chrysler. Over the years, Dodge has given us everything from economy models to high performance models. The Dodge brand has always been known to offer a wide range of mid-priced automobiles that offers something for everyone.

Models first released in 1970 were very telling in the story of the Dodge brand history. The brand rolled out a number of revamped and updated automobiles that turned a lot of heads. These models gave a new meaning to the concept of horsepower.

Here, you’ll see vintage print and TV ads for the Dart, Coronet, Polara, Monaco, Charger, Challenger, Super Bee, and more...

“Don’t Let Daddy Lick Me Again!” – Odd Moment in Advertising for Fletcher’s Castoria From 1939

For you Gen Y-ers, "Lick" used to mean "beat the shit out of"—which is appropriate, because this is an ad for a laxative.

From 1939. Make sure you read each panel of this adver-comic detailing the goings-on in. It’s a great example of changing expectations of parenting, disciplining children, and parental anger. In the ad, the mom and dad are arguing because the dad wants to use a hairbrush to spank his son, who is apparently crying because he doesn’t want to take a nasty-tasting laxative.

Transcript of dialogue:
“Don’t let daddy lick me again!”

An old, old problem solved in an up-to-date way.

1. Mother: Oh, John, why don’t you let him alone? He’s only a child.
Father: Well, somebody has to make him listen to reason.

2. Mother: That’s the first time I ever heard of a hairbrush being called “reason”!
Father: Look! Let’s settle this right now! He needs that stuff and he’s going to take it whether he likes the taste or not!

3. Mother: That’s right, Mr. Know-it-all — get him all upset and and leave it for me to straighten him out.
Father: Aw, don’t get yourself in a stew!

4. Mother: I’m not! All I know is that Doris Smith used to jam a bad-tasting laxative down her boy’s throat until her doctor put a stop to it. He said it could do more harm than good!
Father: Then what laxative can we give him?

5. Mother: The one Doris uses — not an “adult” laxative, but one made only for children…Fletcher’s Castoria. It’s mild, yet effective. It’s safe, and Doris’ boy loves it!
Father: OK. I’ll run down to the druggist and get a bottle. But boy, he better like it!

6. Mother: Would you believe it? I never saw a spoonful of medicine disappear so fast!
The mom wins out, and clearly spanking the boy isn’t being advocated. But the company felt perfectly comfortable presenting a dad as angry and even aggressive, and in need of calming from his wife to avoid him spanking his child with a household item, yet still a perfectly good dad once Mom had intervened and fixed the immediate problem, returning family harmony.

Given increased attention to issues such as child abuse and domestic violence, and changes in expectations of parenting that have replaced the “father as nothing but breadwinner and strict disciplinarian” role, many viewers today would likely interpret the narrative in the ad (not to mention the line “Don’t let daddy lick me again!”) as inherently problematic, not as a taken-for-granted commentary on family life and the need for helpful products to smooth over domestic conflicts.

November 13, 2019

Before Adele, There Was Elliot: 40 Beautiful Pics of Mama Cass in the 1960s and Early '70s

Born 1941 as Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland, American singer and actress Cass Elliot was also known as Mama Cass who is best known for having been a member of The Mamas & the Papas.

After the group broke up, she released five solo albums. Her most successful recording during this period was 1968's "Dream a Little Dream of Me" from her solo album of the same name, released by Dunhill Records, though it had originally been released earlier that year on the album The Papas & the Mamas Presented By The Mamas and the Papas.

Elliot appeared in two television variety specials: The Mama Cass Television Program (ABC, 1969) and Don't Call Me Mama Anymore (CBS, 1973). She was a regular guest on TV talk shows and variety shows in the early 1970s.

Elliot died in her sleep at the London flat where she was staying because of heart failure, at the age of 32.

In 1998, she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work with the Mamas & the Papas.

These beautiful photos captured portrait of Mama Cass in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Advertisement for ‘Sanofix’ Electric Hand Vibrator, 1913

The Sanofix electric hand vibrator was a German product that could be used for massaging the forehead, face, neck and chest without tiring your hands.

According to the German pamphlet, the vibrations will give you better skin using science. This vibrator will leave you with rosy skin and you'll feel rejuvenated!

(Photos: Wellcome Library, London)

A Papier-Mache Cow is Being Tied to the Car by a Field Officer in the Women’s Land Army, Melbourne, 1944

A papier-mache cow, used for milking demonstrations at the Werribee experimental farm, being tied on to the luggage carrier of Mrs Mellor’s car for transport to the farm. Mrs Mellor is Field Officer in charge of the Women’s Land Army Mont Park training depot.

A papier-mache cow on Mrs Mellor’s car, 1944. (Photo: Australian War Memorial collection)

The Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) was an organization created in World War II in Australia to combat rising labour shortages in the farming sector. The AWLA organized female workers to be employed by farmers to replace male workers who had joined the armed forces.

The AWLA was formed on 27 July 1942 and was modeled on the Women’s Land Army in Great Britain. It was overseen by Lieutenant General Carl Jess. When Japan joined the Axis in 1941 male agricultural labour was recruited into the Australian military to defend the country. To meet the shortfall in rural labour, state and private women’s land organizations began to form under the jurisdiction of the Director General of Manpower. The AWLA disbanded on 31 December 1945. In 1997, many members became eligible for the Civilian Service Medal.

The minimum age for recruits was 18 with a maximum of 50 years of age. Women had to be either of British origin or immigrants from Allied nations. AWLA women were generally recruited from urban areas and were often unskilled in rural work. Members were given farming instruction and undertook work in primary industries, rather than any domestic duties at the hostels in which they were lodged in farming areas. The AWLA reached its peak enrolment in December 1943, with 2,382 permanent members and 1,039 auxiliary members. Women in the AWLA worked an average 48-hour week, with pay starting at the AWLA minimum wage of 30 shillings a week. Permanent members were also entitled to sick pay. As was common at the time, Women in the AWLA were paid much less than their male counterparts for the same work. Members of the AWLA covered a variety of agricultural labours, including vegetable and fruit growing, pig and poultry raising, and sheep and wool work.

A member of the Australian Women’s Land Army milking a cow on a mixed farm at Sturt, South Australia in 1943. (Photo: Smith, D. Darian/State Library of South Australia)

The AWLA was planned to function in two divisions:

  • Full-time members: These enrolled for continuous service for 12 months (with the option of renewal); such members were to receive appropriate badges, distinctive dress uniform, working clothes, and equipment.
  • Auxiliary members: These were available for periods of not less than four weeks at nominated times of the year; such members were to be used for seasonal rural operations, and to receive a badge, working clothes, and essential equipment on loan.

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