Friday, February 08, 2008


As the frequent reader will know, last year I visited a local antique store and bought a copy of Life magazine from 1968, then posted a number of pages from it on this blog… including the sex-o-licious cover photo of Jane Fonda as Barbarella. This afternoon I had a chance to stop by the same antique store, and I happened across two more issues, one from 1956 and one from 1970.

And oh, the fun we are going to have with them. The 1956 issue includes a field guide to identifying your UFOs, while the 1970 issue is devoted to the Women’s Liberation movement. They couldn’t be more zeitgeisty if they tried.

I’ve already identified half a dozen pages that cry out for closer scrutiny. But for the moment let’s just have a look at this 1956 advertisement for KLM airlines.

It’s good to know that if your KLM flight explodes in mid-air, hurling your and your fellow passenger toward the earth, a smiling stewardess will be plummeting nearby to provide you with reading material, so as to make you imminent death more comfortable… or at least less distracting.


Anonymous be.bart said...

Since KLM is merged to Air France, they've installed an In Crash Entertainment System to improve their crashing experience.

3:38 PM  
Blogger phaedrus said...

I could use a little help identifying all the UFOs that I've been seeing lately. Is it a Cygnan Cruiser model Mark IV or a Saturnian Sapien Snatcher? Without Life's help, I may never know!

12:29 AM  

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