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French Fashion Perfume Ads

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Flip through the pages of any modern women’s magazine and you’ll find pages of sensual images promoting both classic and new perfumes and colognes. Perfumery has been a popular and profitable trade for several centuries. Designer scents have been, for many years, in high demand. In the late 1300s, the Hungarians produced a perfume that

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The Consolidated B-32 Dominator

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In June 1940, the US Army Air Corps requested a new bomber from Consolidated Aircraft Company in case there were significant delays with the B-29, which had already been in development for two years. The result was the B-32 Dominator, which itself took nearly four years to complete testing. The bomber almost didn’t see action

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1953 Formica Sunrise Collection Brochure

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From the Vintage Vending archives comes this 1953 brochure featuring Formica’s Sunrise Collection. The catalog features 14 new color blended patterns for the Sunrise line, including linens, skylarks, pearls, walnuts and milanos. The colors and patterns were used throughout the ’50s. From what we can tell the line wasn’t altered much again until 1960. >

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The Toastmaster Super De Luxe Toaster with Power Action (1953)

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Comparing costs from the 1950s with the 2010s based on inflation alone isn’t exactly perfect. Just like today, new technologies were viewed as luxury items and introductory prices reflected this. The automatic pop-up toaster was first introduced in 1926, but manual toasters maintained popularity well into the ’50s, mostly due to costs. Take a look

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The refrigerator with a thousand faces.

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This 1960s-era ad for a Whirlpool refrigerator offers up something that never really caught on – using fabrics or wood to decorate the doors. Take a look at this 1967 magazine ad, target toward housewives: Like many ’60s ads, this one is text heavy and targets women in the hope they can influence a major

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LOOK: Lucy & Desi 1954 Cover

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Take a look at this December 28, 1954 cover of LOOK, featuring Lucy and Desi and their children. Also included in the issue: 5th Annual TV Awards Lucy shopping for a dollhouse with her children. Miss America Lee Meriwether Guy Lombardo Rocky Graziano Fashion wear by the Christmas fire Men’s white winder jackets 20,000 Leagues

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