All Hallow’s Eve


Kokomo, Indiana 1950 via



That Shirt Though Marilyn Monroe, “Let’s Make it Legal,” 1951. Photo provided by Insight Editions from Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archives. © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

I Scream Floats

I guess this made sense in 1950, but nowadays, folks would be up in arms against people in arms. And surely that woman only appears nude, bracing herself against an outhouse? I don’t get it.

Remember clotheslines?

One who attends the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

The term tea-sip was started by students of Texas A&M University (aka Aggies) in the early 1900’s to belittle the well-to-do students of U.T.  The University of Texas was traditionally the “rich” school which pumped out doctors, lawyers and the like. A&M was the blue collar school which traditionally taught Agriculture and Mechanics.

  • The Aggies play the teasips on Thanksgiving day.
  • I’m sick of all those hippy teasips in Austin.

Sure looks like they had a whale of a good time. (I had to do it.)

Before The Peanuts Tried To Kill Us

In 1955, peanuts were amazing little salted bundles of protein that everyone could eat (as far as we knew). For a nickel, you could eat a candy bar of pressed peanuts. You could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on enriched white bread. You could fry wholesome meat in peanut oil. You could have peanuts out the wazoo. 

But now schools and churches and even offices are mostly nut-free zones. We warn parents not to put nutty items in Halloween or Easter candy. And some of us just avoid them as the lowly cousin of grander nuts. But you might be missing out.