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Friday, January 17, 2014

Film Strip Friday-How To Be Well Groomed

The 1950s are a fascinating decade for any history enthusiast and are viewed by many as  halcycon days of domestic bliss, economic success, and hopefullness for the future.   While I don't share that idealized view of the decade, I never the less have a bottomless love of cultural artifacts from the era, and to my mind no cultural artifact embodies the hillariously sunny and conformist attitude of the 1950s more then the educational film strip. 

Now by the time I was going to school in  the 1980s and 90s, the film strip was already a dinosaur and I can't  remember ever being shown one in class.  However, my father often regaled me with tales of the hilarious educational films he had viewed in his youth, and as he had previously worked as a film librarian he even had a few old film strip reels that he showed me over the years.  I remember him laughing until tears ran down his face no matter how many times he viewed them.  With the dawn of you tube my father  was delighted by the plethora of educational film strips available for viewing and would often send them to me.   January tenth was the second anniversary of his death and I thought a fitting tribute on my blog would be to share a vintage film strip each Friday.   Every time I see one I am reminded of my father and how he inspired my love of all things vintage, retro and kitsch.   

The following film is an instructional guide on how to be well groomed made by Coronet Films in 1949.  


 

8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful memory to have of your dad, " laughing until tears ran down his face". He must have been a fun father!

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  2. OMD that cracked us up. Don and Sue keep neat. Ha ha cooperative efforts. Love it. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Absolutely love it! :) Thank you for sharing.

    And many thanks as well for your wonderfully sweet birthday wishes for Miss Annie. It's true, the time really has whizzed past since we brought her home.

    ♥ Jessica

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  4. So interesting. I remember when I was a teenager, I got hold of a grooming book from the sixties. I was fascinated by it. It seemed glamorous to me.

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  5. I love the way your honoring him and the love you two shared.

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  6. Oh brother. I'm surprised they didn't show the part where Don and Sue plug themselves in at night to recharge. :)

    -Love,
    Sid.

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