Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Your 1950s childhood

When most people look back at the 1950s, they see the decade as a delicious whirlwind of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, James Dean, soda fountains, poodle skirts, chocolate milkshakes, and motorcycles.

But, in reality, the world was a much darker place.

Imagine being a kid in the 1950s...

...and these were your toys.


 
 
 
Oh, you don't want to play by yourself anymore? I understand. How about playing a board game with your parents? That's safe, right?
 


 

No? Okay, how about browsing through your mom's fashion magazines? Surely those won't be terrifying. Christian Dior dresses, Chanel suits, and satin gloves. Sigh. Let's look at some of the advertisements now!
 
 
 
 
 
Well, fuck. Forget that shit. Let's just watch television!
 
 
 
Ugh, seriously?!?!

Ummm you know what, mom? I think I'm just going to go play outside!

 
 
 
 
Much, much better.
 
Phew.
 

27 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Just say hell no to all that shiz!! The clowns are the worst for me, bloody days, I'd freak!! Outside was much better, haha!! You could have the 70's when we played this board game called 'Aggravation', you just ended up wanted to knock each other out by the end, hence the name, haha!Outside was definitely better ;) Have a sweet weekend doll xx

Bunny Moreno said...

Oh I have missed these sort of posts by you hun heheh what a creative view of the 50's-love it! And oh, "hi, I'm talking Tina, and I hate you!" Omg remember that episode!!?? We are big fans of the Twilight Zone hehe xox

Vix said...

Jesus! that monkey's going to give me nightmares. xxx

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

SO true! Some really creepy imagery back then!! WHY is that?!

x
Rachel

Tights Lover said...

hahaha!

I'm going to see the look on that girl's face in the bread ad in my sleep tonight!

Thanks, in advance, for that horror.

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, love this!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

ROTFLMFAOOOOOO!!! Jen, I couldn't stop laughing. I never looked at it that way. So much for it being so pristine. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA Frickin' SCARY as hell! This post get's an A++++! Have a great weekend doll. You are BRILLIANT!
http://www.averysweetblog.com/

ROXTHEFOX said...

LOL!! I laughed so hard while reading this post. I was going to say how everything looks great in retrospect, but maybe not :)

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The Grande Dame said...

Those old toys sure are weird looking. And what's with those magazine ads!?

Shybiker said...

Funny post. Love the old images.

Jo said...

I would play outside too. I have a phobia for dolls and clowns and I could never understand how people could have them as toys. You really caught all the scary humour in the 50s. I've always like those 50s painted posters and it is good you also featured some beauty from that era.

PS: Your first pic was what drew me to your post on my reading list.

Imogen said...

You always have the best ideas for posts. This is the best. Great to think about it like that. Usually I just think about the amazing clothes too and that's it.

sherene said...

The first picture soooo scary!

Anouka said...

Some crazy stuff!

LUXESSED

Couture Carrie said...

Awesomely eerie post, darling!
Love the vintage ads!

xoxox,
CC

Tanvi said...

I would't wanna grow up in that generation for sure! lol

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Cafe Fashionista said...

That doll. Opening its eyes while the little girl is sleeping. Seriously creeping. me. out.

Oh, and now I'm thinking of Chuckie from 'Child's Play'. :/

Sherin said...

That girl watching the jam being spread. She will haunt me for the rest of my life. I can see her move her head towards me, take the knife, come through the computer screen then stab me. Then laugh hysterically.

David Macaulay said...

OMG pant wettingly funny Jen - up there with a weekend at Bikini Atoll

Alicia Bondio said...

Ahaha as a vintage addict this post made me laugh so hard hahahahaha! I missed u!!!!

Hugs,
Alicia

DrunkethWizerd said...

No wonder our parents fucked us up so bad! ;)

A BRIT GREEK said...

Eeeek, that first gif scared the heck outta me! Freaky! I'm not even gonna comment on the monkey... what are you trying to do us J?
x.o.x.o

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Josie said...

Ugh -- spooky. The baby eyes are the worst!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Meri said...

I have no idea why, but old fashioned kids toys, especially the dolls, creep me out so much!

JenniH said...

Hah, I bet you could get any decade to look just as creepy! Just think about all those magic ninja turtles and nagareboshi gin and critters and whatever we watched from telly in the beginning of 90's even though we weren't old enough. I am welcoming those nightmares back.

Aditi So-Saree said...

OMg..this is such a fabuloys post. I was laughing all the way. n that chimp toy, i had a similar one as a kid, i loved him.

Aditi
So-Saree
www.sosaree.blogspot.in
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