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Awesome 1950s

A Compilation of 1950s Factory Films

A Compilation of 1950s Factory Films

We love watching how factories make things. Archive film company British Pathé compiled this reel of vintage factory footage dating back to the 1950s. Along the way, you’ll see how they made jukeboxes, candies, model aircrafts, and more. It would be interesting to compare modern manufacturing processes to these to see how much they have changed.

Super Mario Bros.: 1950s AI Edition

Super Mario Bros.: 1950s AI Edition

Abandoned Films imagines what a Super Mario Bros. movie might have looked like as a movie shot in Super Panavision 70 back in the 1950s. The surreal take on Nintendo’s iconic plumbers is made extra trippy courtesy of generative AI tech. The images are by Midjourney, video by Runway, voices by ElevenLabs, and the script by ChatGPT.

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SIDEWALK (an instructional film)

SIDEWALK (an instructional film)

Filmmaker James Parris pokes fun at those 1950s and 1960s educational films with an etiquette lesson on how to properly use a sidewalk so you don’t bump into people walking in the opposite direction. But what do you do if there are three or more people coming at you, James?

Driving Through Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s

Driving Through Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s

NASS took archival footage from Los Angeles and used digital restoration tech to sharpen, brighten, remove noise, increase frame rate, and add faux colorization. It’s a wonderful time capsule of life in a different era, from how people dressed to the cars they drove to how retailers marketed their wares. The footage comes from the Prelinger Archives.

Restoring a Vintage Popcorn Maker

Restoring a Vintage Popcorn Maker

It’s easy to make popcorn in your microwave these days, but there’s something about how popcorn emerges from a classic popcorn maker that makes it more festive. Dr. Restoration got their hands on a 1950s popper called a Corn Pop-O-Mat, stripped off years of rust and grease, and brought the electric appliance back to like-new condition.

The Ultimate Space Race

The Ultimate Space Race

Jake Wegesin of Ambient Press created this wonderful CG short film about the space race of the 1950s and 1960s, offering a playful reinterpretation of the competition between the USA and USSR. Benjamin Widawksi’s music and the accompanying narration perfectly complement the black-and-white animation.

Raygun Bookends

Raygun Bookends
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These metal bookends from Pendulux look like the rayguns that astronauts and aliens might have used to battle each other in a 1950s sci-fi movie. They’re made from cast aluminum, iron, and brass and are perfect for displaying vintage comics, books, and magazines.

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Mid Century Modern Switch Plates

Mid Century Modern Switch Plates
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Love the look of mid-century modern design? Spring River Studio makes 1950s-inspired light switch and outlet plates. The plates come in boomerang and blobby trapezoid shapes, with colorful and kitschy patterns sure to take you back in time. The interchangeable patterns are sandwiched between two layers of acrylic.

The Terrifying Mr. Potato Head

The Terrifying Mr. Potato Head

Since the 1960s, Mr. Potato Head toys have come with a fake potato body made of plastic. But when they first came out in the 1950s, they were strictly bring-your-own tuber. Vintage TV Commercials dug up this 1952 Hasbro promo that shows just how creepy and weird looking the original Potato Heads could be.

Crosley Sterling Turntable

Crosley Sterling Turntable
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We dig the trapezoidal 1950s styling of this retro record player. Like other Crosley turntables, it’s portable and has built-in speakers, but we think it looks best parked on its matching legs. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and has an AUX input for connecting external audio sources.

Orbit Table Clock

Orbit Table Clock
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Go back to the atomic age with this 1950s-inspired table clock from Pendulux. Weighing in at a hefty 5.75 pounds, it’s made with a solid cast aluminum body and a thick convex glass lens that sits atop its green gradient face, held in place with brass clips. Measures 8″ H x 8″ W x 5″ D.

The First Drum Machine

The First Drum Machine

We always thought that drum machines came along sometime in the 1970s, but it turns out that there was one model you could buy as early as 1959. Look Mum No Computer opens the doors to his personal museum for a look at the Wurlitzer Side Man to see how the ingenious way it made rhythms with electromechanical systems.

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Martin Metal Atompunk Lamps

Martin Metal Atompunk Lamps
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Dig the look of objects from the early days of the Nuclear Age? UK-based Martin Metal Art creates unique lamps with an Atompunk aesthetic, incorporating objects like 1960s battery chargers, perforated metal, and glass for a great retrofuturist vibe. The Davenset Atomic Reactor is our favorite, but it’s also the most expensive.

Down with the Doo-Wop

Down with the Doo-Wop

There I Ruined It continues to live up to their name with another cursed reimagining of a popular song. This time, they took the Disturbed track Down with the Sickness and made it sound like a bubbly 1950s Doo-Wop tune. Love it or hate it, consider supporting their fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Ride

Ride

(Flashing images) Motorcycles take the spotlight in Paul Bush’s stop-motion short film, which pays tribute to the motorcycle design and culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Bush created the effects by swapping bikes between frames, and featured quite the assortment of motorcycles thanks to Jose Pereira’s Museu das Motas in Portugal.

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Fully-mechanical cash registers are relics of a bygone shopping era. But there was a time that they were so popular that they even made a version for kids to play with. Watch as Rescue & Restore takes on the challenge of tearing down and rebuilding a rusted-out Tom Thumb model that dates back to the 1950s.

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