I was going through the blog, checking out the links to make sure they are all in working order. I discovered that the GOOGIE's post had the wrong url. Not sure how it even got there, but now it is all set correctly.
September 29, 2007
A funny commercial about a guy who drives in a 1965 Mustang Jr. to pick up a pizza from Pizza Hut. On his way, he gets into funny situations, such as running over someone's foot (seemingly unaware). A bunch of people end up chasing after him all the way to Pizza Hut. After picking up the pizza he drives back home, with the people still chasing him. Once they are all at his house, they open the pizza's box.. you'll have to watch it to find out what happened.
September 28, 2007
I have visited the museum, and I recommend visiting it, especially if you love PEZs. This is a small museum, but they have some amazing historical stuf like protos, PEZ machines and the original ones from decades ago.
There is also a collector site with info about the Pezamania convention.
September 27, 2007
Slang from the 60's
NOTE: there is some vulgarity here.
Googie is a "colorful" space age architecture style that was common during the 1950's and 1960's. The Googie pop-culture started at the post-WWII car culture. You can still see Googie architectural icons around the US, even though many structures were demolished.
September 26, 2007
Doo Wop was the new genre of a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music. The focus of this site is on the Wildwood's resort Doo Wop Preservation League is a non profit organization. Their purpose is, according to them, "to foster awareness and appreciation of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950's and 1960's and to promote the "Doo WOP" resort architecture".
In 1963 the Roberts Dairy Company and the Office of Civil Defense wanted to conduct an experiment to see if the cows would survive a nuclear attack. So the farm built a special huge concrete shelter under the dairy farm at Elkhorn. It was big enough to house over 200 cows and a few bulls. The experiment included 35 cows, a bull and two students. So basically, one of the things that the Office of Civil Defense and the farm wanted to find out, is if the cows' milk will be affected by living underground. Well, more info is in these sites. I included two links.
The actual url is too long for me to post. When you go to this site, choose "sheltering cows" from the left column under "Civil Defense".
This is the farm's site:
Do you remember which lunch box you has? The classic lunch boxes were the best! They don't make them like they used to anymore. I wish I had saved mine. I don't even know what happened to it. Drat! Don't forget to check out the scrap book and slide show.
September 25, 2007
I was hoping to post the video in my blog, but have not been able to position it correctly. Arggh.. So here is the image only. So I'm just gonna post the link here. This is a 1939 Rice Krispies commercial. The fact thst this is in color from an era that where movies were mostly black and white, and tvs were not in color yet fascinated me.
Update 1/3/10: Video was removed from YouTube
September 24, 2007
A virtual Futuristic Transportation Gallery from the UC of Berkeley. It's fun looking at what people thought of the technological future back in the 40's - 60's. Not all illustrations are vintage-retro, but those are the best in my opinion.
Hey, a toy encyclopedia! There is uUnfortunately no board games section. I would have love to see a picture of Staying Alive. and Connect Four. I almost always won that game. Grin. Steve Austin doll from The Six Million Dollar Man is in there. It was one of my all time favorite show back in the 70's. Some of the other nostalgic toys include are Pet Rocks, GI Joe, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Clackers, and more.
The picture is of the orange cat from the Googlies family. The Googlies family was made in 1966. You can find further info in the Toy Encylopedia site.
I have not checked every single picture, there are quite many of them here. But it seems to me that most of them are still open. I am a big fan of diners. I do recognize the Fog City Diner in SF, they have mostly sea food.
However, it suprised me that Mel's Diner isn't listed here. I am guessing that it is probably one of the most famous diners in this country (maybe even around the world?) thanks to the movie American Graffiti. The diner used in the movie is located in SF.
Mel's Diner website
On another note. Those who have watched Seinfeld might remember the diner in the show (Munson Diner). It has closed, and is no longer located in NYC. The diner was moved to Liberty, NY (near Catskills). Check the blog below for pictures of the move.
Update 1/3/10: link expired.
September 23, 2007
Thought that I'd post link for famous routes from the 1950's. Route 40 is 3,222 miles between San Francisco to Atlantic City. According to this site, the mid 1950's were known as the Golden Age of Automobiling.
Update 1/3/10: link expired. But still exist as:
Judging from the amount of links that I have encountered at Google, I'd say that Route 66 is probably the most famous of them at all. I picked two links that I liked.
Bunch of entertaining postcards here
Newsbreak: I'd like to announce that I have started a second blog for cartoons links. I figured that since I have so many links, I might as well start a blog specifically for cartoons instead of squeezing them here. Currently, it is in the process of being built up. I'll post a link for it once it's up and running.