These beautiful and surreal pieces of movie artwork were created during the communist-era as an alternative to banned U.S. publicity material.
A rare look at some of the behind-the-scenes magic that went into building “The Happiest Place On Earth.”
Check out the 72-year-old former first lady’s gun permit.
WARNING: This is best read while eating a few (or a dozen) Oreos.
The iconic actor’s death actually helped launch the career of another legendary actor.
What’s ’50s-speak for YOLO?
Buddy Holly is still way cooler than I could ever hope to be.
During her lifetime the iconic sex symbol graced the cover of Life magazine six times.
These color publicity photos and behind the scene shots from the iconic black & white TV series will blow your mind.
The 1950s were an innocent time in America as far as mainstream advertising went. But one campaign was quite racy.
The 81-year-old Dell’Orefice first graced the cover of Vogue 66 years ago.
In early 1955, he posed for some photos that gave a haunting premonition.
It’s written all over their faces. From vintage ads.
The Ethyl Gasoline ads from the early 1950s were illustration masterpieces — and seriously taxed the left brain.
Via a 1950s Life magazine.
The magazine didn’t have any real ads back in the 1950s and 1960s. Instead they nailed big-name advertisers — especially cigarette companies — hard.
He wrote a letter from Cuba to Ballantine Beer. Whoa, ease up on the hyperbole there, Papa.
What with the constant weasel, snake, bug, rat, bat, crab, and, uh, turtle attacks.
The models are sizzling! Unfortunately, so is their skin.
Ladies, let’s return to the halcyon days of napkins and belts and clasps. Illustrated by Jon Whitcomb.
Probably the best listicle to come out of the 1950s.
Today a click of the mouse in Facebook is all that is needed, whereas in 1959 you had to get a magazine to guide you on being a peeping tom.
How do you prove that this cream removes all traces of make-up? Why, use some radioactivity, of course! This puts a new spin on the concept of getting glowing skin.
This instructive 1955 classic teaches a wife everything she needs to know if she wants to convince her husband to buy her state of the art appliances.
This “normal American housewife” describes her experience after being administered a 100 gama dose of LSD-25 during clinical trials of the drug. Well, she tries at least… but unfortunately she ‘can’t talk in technicolor.’
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No, these aren’t from the photo booth at last week’s Vice party in Brooklyn. These are from Olathe, Kansas during the Eisenhower Administration. This was the first Octobeard.
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Today marks the 60th anniversary of Willie Mays’ major league debut. To commemorate Mays, LIFE posted a collection of rare photos of the Hall of Famer - none better than him about to light up defenseless, sleeping teammate Monte Irvin with a pillow. (Nice find by Emma Carmichael at Deadspin.)
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