Archive for the ‘popular culture’ Category

The Future Ain’t What it Used To Be

September 29, 2007

These movie clips from public expositions of seven decades past can be an eye opener. Social progress has gone in more than one direction in the intervening years.

1939-40 New York World’s Fair


Sally Rand's Nude Ranch
Salvador Dali’s topless swimsuit exhibit and nude “artist’s models” were among the New York World’s Fair responses to competition from the 1939 San Francisco Golden Gate Exhibition and Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch.


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Think Twice Before You Order “Huevos”

August 28, 2007

Grupo Exterminador - Cotrabando en los Huevos

My mom always taught me to never use the term “huevos” in polite society. Instead, she said, say “blanquillos” (whites). Blanquillos mean eggs. Huevos mean . . . something else entirely.

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Case in Point: Anna May Wong

August 15, 2007

anna_may_shaded, originally uploaded by Kung Fu Grip! Zine.

 

anna may wong 1, originally uploaded by silvernightingale.

 

Racism and sexism are simply institurionalized lies. Case in point – Anna May Wong.

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Americana – Do them foreigners “get it”…

August 10, 2007

better than we do?

Let’s take a look at Rockabilly around the world.

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Take Anything You Want! Take Anything You Want! Take Anything You Want!

August 10, 2007

Need I remark on the gender, cultural, or social issues this highlights?

Let me put it this way,
Come for the aerobics.
Stay for the wants and warrants!

Can’t watch a YouTube video right now? Want to read the synopsis?

Careful! Spoiler follows!

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VD is for Everybody!

August 10, 2007


One minute public service spot (work safe)

Doggone if this PSA from the Ad Council doesn’t make you want to find out what this VD is and how to get some! Released in 1969.

Are You Popular?

August 9, 2007

Are You Popular?

A “social guidance” film from post-war America, brought to you by the Prelinger Archives.

I remember these films from school. Everyone I knew laughed at these things. Laughed? “Shrieked” would be a more apt description.

One can only ponder how they might have been an influence on the beat and hippie movement.

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby – Revisionist Popular Culture

July 28, 2007

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bull and bear baiting ring

Theall Street, Sonora California

Back in the 1850’s this little hollowed out piece of ground was the bull and bear baiting ring.

Now it is just a lot adjoining a Pacific Gas & Electric electric transformer substation.

Back in the 1850’s this place was a gold rush town and the popular amusements among the miners were none too genteel.

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