Boomer Boy Videos

(Videos are taken from the Internet Archive and are all in the public domain)

(Return to BoomerBoys homepage)

Chapter 2 - The Unique Culture of the 50s


Chapter 2: Men and Women

In the Suburbs 1957
http://www.archive.org/details/IntheSub1957
Suburban life was a new concept back then

Sexism
http://ia300009.us.archive.org/1/items/SF173/SF173_512kb.mp4
Women can be good employees, if they're dressed right

Vel
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3_512kb.mp4
A husband shouldn't have to do dishes..

Brylcreem
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3_512kb.mp4
A little dabble dooya

Gillette Razors
http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
With Brooklyn Dodgers

Bobbi Pin-Curl Permanent
http://www.archive.org/details/I_Ate_Zarbon
If you can make a simple pin curl..


Chapter 2: Kids

Toys
http://ia301527.us.archive.org/1/items/batteriesnotincluded_2009/Batteries_2009_512kb.mp4
Remco DriveIn; Mattel Blaze, Barbie, Cap Pistol, Chatty Cathy; Hasbro Mr. Potato Head; Navy Frog Men; Marx Great Garloo


Chapter 2: Housekeeping

50s washing
http://ia310824.us.archive.org/0/items/WashingDay1950s/WashingDay1950s_512kb.mp4
Memories of a 50s Washing Day

Cheer
http://www.archive.org/download/Where_Is_Spuzz/Cheer2_512kb.mp4
With the blue magic whitener

Ajax I
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2_512kb.mp4
"The foaming cleanser.."

Ajax II
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3_512kb.mp4
With the "stronger than dirt" white knight

Spic and Span
http://www.archive.org/download/Spic_and_Span_NOT_Racist/spic_and_span_512kb.mp4
Cleaning in a June Cleaver dress

GE Fridge
http://www.archive.org/details/GE_Commercial
With a separate freezer section!



Chapter 3 - The Military: Dangerous Times


Walter Winchell
http://www.archive.org/details/theWalterWinchellShow-13december1953
How We Got Our News in the 50s

Nuclear Attack Survival
http://www.archive.org/details/Survival1951
How to Prepare for an Atomic Bomb: Shampooing Out the Radioactivity

Nuke Tests 1955
http://www.archive.org/details/Operatio1955
This is an atomic bomb. A hydrogen bomb is 1000 times more powerful.

Nuke: Fear Itself
http://ia331326.us.archive.org/0/items/Fear_Itself/Fear_Itself_512kb.mp4
Fear of homosexuals, communists, poverty, and everything Godless and un-American

Duck and Cover
http://www.archive.org/details/duck_and_cover_ipod
Bert the Turtle and 50s bomb paranoia

United Fruit
http://www.archive.org/details/Journeyt1950
United Fruit Co. propaganda



Chapter 4 - Automobiles: Start of a Love Affair


Interstate Highway Propaganda
http://www.archive.org/download/Freedomo1955_2/Freedomo1955_2_512kb.mp4
Little wonder our gasoline consumption skyrocketed

1954 DeSoto
http://www.archive.org/download/DeSoto2/DeSoto2_512kb.mp4
The first SUV?

1955 Chevy
http://www.archive.org/details/1955Chev1955
Didn't they have seat belts back then?

1955 Dodge
http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
On the assembly line

1956 Chevy
http://www.archive.org/details/Chevrolet_Commercial_1956
Power and performance in this '56 creampuff

1957 DeSoto
http://www.archive.org/download/DeSoto7/DeSoto7_512kb.mp4
Big tailfins

Edsel: endorsed by Sinatra and Crosby
http://www.archive.org/download/Frank_Bing/Frank_Bing_512kb.mp4
An endorsement for a 'great car'

1958 Edsel
http://www.archive.org/download/Edsel_Commercial/Edsel_512kb.mp4
It DOES look like a mouth sucking a lemon

1959 Chevy

http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
Subliminally, from Dinah Shore and Pat Boone

Corvair 1960
http://www.archive.org/details/Corvairi1960
Unsafe at any speed? Not according to this..

Hertz Commercial
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3_512kb.mp4
Couple land in a Hertz car



Chapter 5 - Television Takes Over


Chapter 5: Adults

Frank Sinatra
http://www.archive.org/download/FrankSinatra1951/FrankSinatra1951_512kb.mp4
A young and energetic and not-too-funny Frank

Dragnet
http://www.archive.org/download/Dragnet_The_Big_Lift/S05E04_The_Big_Lift_512kb.mp4
Dum--da-dum-dum

Home (Arlene Francis)
http://www.archive.org/details/Home32557
Housewife-focused talk show

Mama
http://www.archive.org/details/Mama5
Most of all, I remember Mama

Soap Opera: The Guiding Light
http://www.archive.org/details/Guiding_Light
Hasn't changed much in 60 years

Superman
http://www.archive.org/download/StampDayForSUPERMAN/StampDayForSUPERMAN_512kb.mp4
Does he have to crash through the wall?

Captain Video and His Video Rangers
http://www.archive.org/details/Captain_Video_3_Uploaded_By_Yugi_Moto
With fifties-style special effects

Flash Gordon
http://www.archive.org/download/TheSpaceAdventuresOfFlashGordon/TheSpaceAdventuresOfFlashGordon2-11-1955_512kb.mp4
Flash goes faster than the speed of light

Florence Henderson
http://www.archive.org/details/CokeTime_Mrs-Brady
A young Flo on the Eddie Fisher Show

Network IDs
http://www.archive.org/details/Network_IDs
ABC, CBS, NBC, and DuMont


Chapter 5: Kids

Howdy Doody
http://www.archive.org/download/Howdy_Doody_51/HowdyDoody51_512kb.mp4
With Clarabelle, Dilly Dally, Flub-a-Dub, Princess SummerFallWinterSpring

Ding Dong School
http://www.archive.org/details/dingdongschool
Miss Francis calms down the kids

Winky Dink
http://www.archive.org/download/WinkyDinkAndYou1/WinkyDinkAndYou_512kb.mp4
Who needs a kit? Just get some crayons..

Paul Winchell & Jerry Mahoney
http://www.archive.org/download/Candy1955/PaulWinchell1955_512kb.mp4
With Knucklehead Smiff -- shifty little puppets

Popeye
http://www.archive.org/details/Popeye_forPresident
Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl

Cinnamon Bear
http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/cinnamonbear.htm
The old radio sound that was used for the 50s TV show


Chapter 5: Funny Shows

Johnny Carson: Carson's Cellar
http://ia360939.us.archive.org/0/items/TheJohnnyCarsonShow/The_Johnny_Carson_Show_512kb.mp4
Carson's rough start

Honeymooners 1951 (different Alice)
http://www.archive.org/download/Cavalcade_Of_Stars/Honeymooners_1951_512kb.mp4
With Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Joyce Randolph, and...Pert Kelton?

Ozzie & Harriet
http://www.archive.org/download/Ozzie_and_Harriet_Christmas/Ozzie_and_Harriet_512kb.mp4
Uh, Rick. Uh, Dave.

Ed Wynn with 3 Stooges
http://www.archive.org/details/TheEdWynnShow1950
Slapstick with the older Stooges

Stu Erwin
http://www.archive.org/details/Spooks_Trouble_With_Father
Racial stereotypes

Pinky Lee
http://www.archive.org/details/Pinky_Lee_Show2
A little odd

Eve Arden
http://www.archive.org/details/Eve_Arden_Sale
Early Aunt Bee

Groucho
http://www.archive.org/details/You_Bet_Your_Life_Clock
You Bet Your Life


Chapter 5: Quiz Shows

I've Got a Secret
http://www.archive.org/download/Secret_2222222222222/Secret_2_512kb.mp4
Classy TV? A roller-skating horse, and Winston commercials

What's My Line
http://www.archive.org/download/Lucy_Desi/WhatsMyLine_512kb.mp4
So Bennett Cerf DID peek..

Beat the Clock
http://www.archive.org/details/Beat_The_Clock
Early embarrassing TV

Price Is Right
http://www.archive.org/details/Price_Is-Right_1957
Old format. Same old problem: next person just bids $5 more. (But don't freeze then!)

You Asked For It
http://www.archive.org/details/Asked_For_It_1
A couple of interesting requests

Queen for a Day
http://www.archive.org/details/Queen_For_A_Day
The ultimate sob show


Chapter 5: Movies

Day the Earth Stood Still
http://www.archive.org/details/day_the_earth_stood_still
A classic

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
http://www.archive.org/details/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchersTrailer
Another classic

The Blob
http://www.archive.org/details/TheBlobTrailer
A non-classic

Attack of the Giant Leeches
http://www.archive.org/details/attack_of_the_giant_leeches_trailer
Stay away from the swamp

Movie Intermission (Let's all go to the lobbY)
http://www.archive.org/download/Walk-inIntermission/Intermission-Walk-in_512kb.mp4
Let's all go to the lobby..



Chapter 6 - Bad Habits: Eating, Drinking, Smoking


Chapter 6: Cereal

Sugar Smacks I
http://www.archive.org/details/Better_Than_The_Betty_Hutton_Show
Eat it like candy

Sugar Smacks II
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1_512kb.mp4
With Superman

Maypo
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2_512kb.mp4
"I want my Maypo!"

Kix (Ding Dong School)
http://www.archive.org/download/Kix_Cereal_Food/Kix_Commercial_512kb.mp4
Kix is for schoolkids

Rice Krispies, with Howdy Doody
http://www.archive.org/download/KelloggsRiceKrispies/RiceKrispies1953_512kb.mp4
Howdy Doody and Snap, Krackle, and Pop


Chapter 6: Other Food

Fluffo
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1_512kb.mp4
Mike Wallace stars

Jello
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2_512kb.mp4
Racial presentation

Lipton Soup
http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
With Arthur Godfrey

Emily Post
http://www.archive.org/details/TableMan1947
What to do with those cigarette butts at a fancy dinner


Chapter 6: Drinks

Bosco, Ovaltine, Tang
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1_512kb.mp4
Tasty treats all

Folgers
http://www.archive.org/details/folgers_13
Mrs. Olsen saves a marriage

Hamms Beer
http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
With the Hamms Bear, in the Land of Sky-Blue Waters

Coca Cola
http://www.archive.org/details/Roast_Lamb_with_Gravy
As few calories as half a grapefruit?


Chapter 6: Candy

Turkish Taffy, Chunky, Doublemint Gum
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part2_512kb.mp4
Old favorites, treats and commercials


Chapter 6: Toothpaste

Ipana
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part3_512kb.mp4
With Bucky Beaver

Pepsodent
http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
You'll wonder where the yellow went..


Chapter 6: Cigarettes

Lucky Strike
http://www.archive.org/details/Lucky_Strike_Kitchen
Light up a Lucky (LSMFT)

Old Gold
http://www.archive.org/download/1950sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1Of3/50sAnd60sTvCommercials-Part1_512kb.mp4
Leggy dancers

Chesterfields (The Perry Como Show)
http://www.archive.org/download/Perry_Como_1952/Perry_Como_1952_512kb.mp4
Chesterfields: "entirely safe"

Kool History
http://www.archive.org/details/rpu03f00
A Brief History of the 50s ... Through the Smoky Haze of a Kool

Winston I
http://www.archive.org/download/Winston_Commercial/Winston_512kb.mp4
Tastes good like a cigarette should

Winston II
http://www.archive.org/details/ClassicT1948 (..1948_2, _3, _4, _5, _6, _7, _8)
Same thing, in whistle



Chapter 7 - Entertainment: Music, Comics, Sports


Chapter 7: Rhythm & Blues

Revue: Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Martha Davis, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan
http://www.archive.org/details/rhythm_blues_review
Black rhythm & blues in the 50s

Fats Domino
http://www.archive.org/details/Fats_Domino_123
Blueberry Hill

LaVern Baker, Moonglows
http://www.archive.org/details/rock_rock_rock
Legendary disk jockey Alan Freed introduces blues-based rock and roll acts


Chapter 7: Rock

Elvis
http://www.archive.org/details/Mr_Pelvis_Strikes_Again (images from openlibrary.org)
Audio and images (announcer says 'Heartbreak Motel')

Big Joe Turner
http://www.archive.org/details/rhythm_blues_review
Rock-oriented rhythm & blues in the 50s

Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Flamingos
http://www.archive.org/details/rock_rock_rock
Legendary disk jockey Alan Freed introduces early rock and roll acts

Bill Haley & the Comets
http://www.archive.org/details/Bill_Haley_Rock
Rock Around the Clock, with some cute dancers

Charlie Grace
http://www.archive.org/details/Fats_Domino_123
Butterfly


Chapter 7: Hit Parade

Snooky Lanson: Mr. Sandman
http://www.archive.org/download/Sandman_Your_Hit_Parade/Sandman_512kb.mp4
Great song, but Snooky in a nightgown?

Snooky: Heartbreak Hotel
http://www.archive.org/download/Heartbreak_Hotel_978/Heartbreak_Hotel_512kb.mp4
It ain't Elvis

Gisele MacKenzie: Count Your Blessings
http://www.archive.org/details/Gisele_MacKenzie_Count_Your_Blessings_1954
Sweet memory for the Boomer Boy family

Hit Parade Dancers: Blue Skies
http://www.archive.org/download/YourHitParade_BlueSkies/Blue_Skies_512kb.mp4
The Hit Parade Dancers

Hit Parade 1953, with Lucky Strike commercials
http://www.archive.org/download/Your_Hit_Parade_5/YourHitParade5_512kb.mp4
Snooky, Dorothy, Russell, and June (later to be replaced by Gisele)

Hit Parade 1955 with classic songs
http://www.archive.org/details/Your_Hit_Parade_7
Racist "Moments To Remember"


Chapter 7: Sports

Baseball 1950
http://www.archive.org/details/NewsMaga1950
1950 World Series: Yankees and Phillies

World Series 1959
http://www.archive.org/details/1959-10-05_West_Coast_Hails_First_World_Series
1959 World Series: White Sox and Dodgers

Bowling
http://www.archive.org/details/LetsGoBo1955
Big sport in the 50s

50s Whimsy
http://www.archive.org/details/frank_sinatra_show_welcome_home_elvis
From the Frank Sinatra Show



Chapter 8 - Losing Our Religion


Marriage
http://www.archive.org/details/AreYouRe1950
Marriage counseling, 50s style

Moral Decay: Fear Itself
http://www.archive.org/details/Perversi1965_2
Deliver us from pornography

Movie: Baby Doll
http://www.archive.org/details/baby_doll
This would seem tame now



Chapter 9 - Civil Rights: The Beginning


Prejudice
http://www.archive.org/details/WhatAbou1959
Who's Bruce Jones? Black? Gay? Eddie Haskell's brother?

Emmett Till
http://www.archive.org/details/FixedToFailEmmettTill
A turning point for civil rights: 1955 in Money, Mississippi

Civil Rights 1960: Integration
http://www.archive.org/details/Integrat1960
A look at the civil rights movement in 1960

Martin Luther King
http://www.archive.org/details/MartinLutherKing_I_have_a_dream_settomusicMercuryFeelings
A great speaker



Chapter 10 - Economics: Prosperity for Many


Typewriter
http://www.archive.org/details/modern_business_machines_for_writing
Miss Stella Pajunas types 140 words per minute

Univac (Remington Rand)
http://www.archive.org/details/Univac_Commercial_Classic_Old_Vintage
2,000 calculations per second!

Univac
http://www.archive.org/download/UNIVAC-AD-2/UNIVAC2_512kb.mp4
Vacuum tubes and magnetic tape

Inequality 1955
http://www.archive.org/details/Americas1955
God is a capitalist.


Return to BoomerBoys homepage