Sometimes I see a piece of pop art and just know it’s from the 1950s without knowing anything else about it. Such is the case with this phenomenal piece from 1956, advertising a concert called Modern Jazz for ’56, which seems to have been a package tour. It featured artists such as Chris Connor, the […]
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Let’s celebrate and prove how sincere we really are.
An unheralded Nat King Cole classic that only reached #99 on the charts in 1958.
These days preserving memories of Halloween parties and trick or treating is as simple as clicking an icon on your phone. Back in the day it not only meant fumbling with a camera and film, but also finding a way to preserve all those spooky and cute memories. To remind us all of simpler Halloween […]
I don’t know about you, but there comes a point when convenience goes too far, and things just get weird. Case in point: This 1950 advertisement for Swift’s Premium Canned Hamburgers, which purports to “take the labor out of the Labor Day Week End.” But hey, as gross as the prospect of eating preformed meat […]
I Dig Chicks (Capitol Records ST/T 1193, 1959) is more properly billed to the Jonah Jones Quartet, but I’m not about to quibble. This cover is at once way too on the nose and supremely clever. I don’t have a photography or graphic design credit for the front cover, so if you know who is responsible […]
According to this 1959 interview with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, the fast food giant was successful in part for not hiring women.
It’s been far too long since the last entry in this series, but I had to revive it for this quaint, mid-century beauty. It’s Percy Faith and His Orchestra, North and South of the Border — released on the Vocalion label (VL 3600) in 1958.
A gallery of classic Kool-Aid advertisements of the ’50s and ’60s, with a somewhat troubling parental theme.