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The Automat The first automat in the U.S. was opened 1902 in Philadelphia. The automat was brought to New York City in 1912 and gradually became part of popular culture in northern industrial cities.
Tags: Automat   
Added: 16th July 2007
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Posted By: Cliffy
Ideal Toys Astro Base 1960 Part 2 A demo of the Astro Base Scout Car in action. The Scout Car has cams on it which will automatically fire the missiles when the cam hit a certain point. You had better duck because you never know when they will fire! See Part 1.
Tags: Ideal  Car  Toy  classic  Vintage  Cool 
Added: 14th August 2007
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Posted By: dezurtdude
Astro Base Scout Car Demo by Ideal Toys 1960 Part 2 A demo of the Astro Base Scout Car in action. The Scout Car has cams on it which will automatically fire the missiles when the cam hit a certain point. You had better duck because you never know when they will fire! See Part 1. This is posted twice by your Bozo from Phoenix (me) posted it to the 1930's.
Tags: ideal  toys  space  classic  Astro  Base 
Added: 14th August 2007
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Posted By: dezurtdude
If U Can Imagine It The first beer cans were issued with opening instructions printed on the side. They were opened similar to how you would open a can of tomato juice today. These early cans, known as flat tops, were produced into the mid-1960s...
Tags: ad  schlitz  beer  softops 
Added: 19th August 2007
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Posted By: Roxie
We Will Miss You Brett Somers WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Actress and comedian Brett Somers, who amused game show fans with her quips on the "Match Game" in the 1970s, has died, her son said. She was 83. Somers died Saturday at her home in Westport of stomach and colon cancer, Adam Klugman said Monday. Hosted by Gene Rayburn, "Match Game" was the top game show during much of the 1970s. Contestants would try to match answers to nonsense questions with a panel of celebrities; much of the humor came from the racy quips and putdowns. Shows from the 1973-79 run, featuring regulars like Somers, Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly, are still seen on cable TV's GSN (formerly Game Show Network.) Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple," in 1953. The two separated in 1974, but never divorced.
Tags: Brett  Somers    Match  Game 
Added: 17th September 2007
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Posted By: Cliffy
American Bandstand 1952 to 1989 October 6th marks the first televised appearance of American Bandstand. I found some interesting trivia concerning the show. It was customary on AB to have Clark perform a mini-interview with the guest band members. Clark says the most difficult interview he performed was with Prince, an unknown at the time of his appearance. Prince was unresponsive and would generally answer his questions with only a hand gesture or a single word. Clark in fact asked Prince how many instruments he played, Prince responded with, "A thousand." Another famous mini-interview Clark is famous for is one with Madonna, who, when asked what she would like to do 20 years from now, answered coyly, "To rule the world!" B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis were the only recording artists to actually sing on the program. They were uncomfortable with miming their performances and requested that they just perform the songs live on the set. In 1961, Tony Orlando performed his then-hit song "Bless You" with his trousers zipper open!
Tags: american  bandstand  dick  clark  abc 
Added: 6th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Ed Ames tomahawk throw An all-time TV classic. On Johnny Carson's next-to-last show he revisits Ed Ames' errant tomahawk toss from 1965. Ouch!
Tags: Ed  Ames  tomahawk 
Added: 7th October 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Your Hit Parade  Opening Opening Intro for the 50's Television show "Your Hit Parade". Your Hit Parade was a popular radio and television program, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes and broadcast from 1935 to 1955 on radio and telecast from 1950 to 1959. During this 24-year run, the show had 19 orchestra leaders and 52 singers or groups. Each Saturday evening at 8pm, a hit parade of the more popular and bestselling songs of the week were presented. The original format involved a presentation of the top 15 tunes. Later, a countdown with fanfares led to the top three finalists, with the number one song for the finale. Occasional performances of standards and other favorite songs from the past were known as "Lucky Strike Extras." Listeners were informed that "Your Hit Parade survey checks the best sellers on sheet music and phonograph records, the songs most heard on the air and most played on the automatic coin machines, an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music." However, the exact procedure of this "authentic tabulation" remained a secret. Some believe song choices were often arbitrary due to various performance and production factors. The show's ad agencies never revealed the specific sources or the methods that were used to determine the top hits.
Tags: your  hit  parade  50s  television  music 
Added: 11th October 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Wringer Washing Machine This used to be the height of household technology--a wringer washing machine. My mother had one until about 1972! (It was a little more modern than this type, though.) Mom wasn't alone. I recently read an article that said wringer washing machines outsold automatic washing machines in Canada well into the 1960s!
Tags: wringer  washing  machine 
Added: 25th February 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Was Dorothy Kilgallen Murdered Here's one for you conspiracy theorists to ponder: Was newspaper columnist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered? Famous for her role as a permanent panelist on the CBS show What's My Line? and for her Voice of Broadway entertainment/gossip column in the New York Journal American, Kilgallen often covered major news events--especially murder trials. She reported on the Sam Sheppard murder trial and the Lindbergh kidnapping case, among others. She also expressed serious doubts about the Warren Commission's investigation of JFK's murder. Kilgallen interviewed Jack Ruby in prison shortly before her death on November 8, 1965. Just hours after she had appeared live and quite chipper on What's My Line? from 10:30 to 11 p.m., the 52-year-old Kilgallen was found dead in her Manhattan home, fully clothed, sitting up on a bed in which she did not sleep still wearing the makeup and false eyelashes she had on the previous night. (Dorothy always removed her false eyelashes before retiring for the night.) A book she had finished reading months ago was on her bed. She needed glasses to read but her spectacles were nowhere near her. Although alcohol and barbiturates were found in her blood stream and a mysterious pink liquid in her stomach, Kilgallen's official cause of death was listed as undetermined. At least three different people in the household claim to have been the first to discover Dorothy dead on the bed: Her secretary, her hairdresser, and her maid. Reports of the time when Dorothy's body was discovered vary wildly--anywhere from about 10:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. The coroner who did the paperwork was responsible for autopsies in Brooklyn--not Manhattan. Kilgallen's notes from her interview with Jack Ruby were never found--leading conspiracy theorists to wonder whether she had been silenced.
Tags: Dorothy  Kilgallen  death  conspiracy 
Added: 17th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964

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