Posts from the ‘1950s’ Category

Hank Thompson – North of The Rio Grande [1955]

Authentic 50s country swing, direct from Hank Thompson and his Brazos Valley Boys!

Since I have more heavy metal running through my music repertoire, old country music is like a guilty pleasure. To me the twang is addictive and melodic. I love the song-stories, the simplicity, the traditionalism, and most of all those shiny suits worn by the performers on stage. I found this at Goodwill the other day, and it was easily the best 99 cents I spent.

I digitized the entire album yesterday, and posted it as a video on Youtube (above).  That way, WallOfRetrons can play it in background of their favorite Retro-Activites!  Enjoy 🙂

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American Airlines Route Map [1959]

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

I picked this up because I love airplanes, especially what is called “1st Generation Jet Airliners” like the Boeing 707.

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

This route map was printed in October 1959, when American Airlines was using the 707 and the Lockheed L-118 Electra.

Boeing : 707

Boeing 707

Boeing : 707

American Airlines 707 at LAX

Lockheed : L-188 : Electra

Lockheed L-188 Electra

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Stewardesses and admirers near a L-118 Electra

Lockheed : L-188 : Electra

Lockheed L-188 Electra

Look closely on the map below and you’ll see that Havana Cuba was still part of the flight routes out of the US:

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

Flights to Mexico were not nearly as comprehensive as they are today:

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

And JFK airport in New York was still called Idlewild!

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

 

Let’s Tango with Harry Horlick and His Orchestra! [1959]

Translated literally as “The Touch,” Tango is a dance that is performed exactly as it is described.

With its roots in Europe and Africa, Argentina today stands as the popular source of Tango. The music and the dance are distinctive, flowing and beautiful.

Harry Horlick wasn’t from Argentina.

Harry Horlick

That didn’t stop this Russian immigrant from putting out at least two Tango albums. The one seen here is a thrift-store find, worn to the point of being grey in the grooves. But the beauty of Tango makes its way through anyway. I digitized a couple of the tracks into a video for your home dancing pleasure 🙂

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Norwegian Summer Fashion! [1953]

Jet Setter is On The Job

Jet Setter is On The Job

In the northlands of Europe, the Summer is long and bright.  Many of us outside of the Old Country (I’m Scandinavian by ancestry) don’t think of the warm Summer days that Norway and Sweden possess; most of the time I think of the frigid cold and dark days of Winter – long and chill enough to create a Castle Of Ice which lasts long enough to be a hotel.

So when I caught these1953 fashion photos in Norwegian Government Archives, I was a bit surprised.

The purpose of these photos is unclear; they could have been for an ad campaign, since many of them use flash lighting in outside settings.  But the angles are not as professional as I would expect for ad graphics.  It is a mystery.  What is clear from the pictures, however, is that the model was having a lot of fun.  She plays with the camera, hams it up with her dog, and even makes watering the garden look like a glamorous endeavor.  Her expressions are priceless, and strikingly similar to those of the modern entertainer Katy Perry.

Moter Sommeren!

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Fifties Fashion

A fashion model standing against tree trunk poses for a photo

Courtesy of the Florid State Archives come these stylish shots of models taken in 1958 and 1959. Gloves and pencil-thin cuts were the thing of the day! There is something timeless about this look.

Elnita modeling fashion in the Ancient Spanish Monastery: North Miami Beach, Florida

A fashion model in dress poses by column at Ancient Spanish Monastery: North Miami Beach, Florida

Tans Like The Sun! [1957]

Tans Like The Sun!

This 1957 ad just goes to show that tanning beds aren’t a new phenomenon.

Somewhere in my laundry room, we have the tanning light – which uses a bulb like this one – stashed in a cupboard. They are really really hot, like buffet roast beef table hot. Just the thing to give you that added color!

Refreshment in Coca-Pulco! [1957]

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This is the beyond-awesome artistic advert from the back of the February 1957 issue of National Geographic.  The graphic – depicting Acapulco Mexico in all its space-age vacation glory – was done by Robert Fawcett, a highly-noted illustrator of the period.  He died ten years after penning this Coca-Cola ad.

Five months later, Acapulco suffered a major 7.9 Earthquake.

Click on the ad picture to see a larger version.

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