Posts Tagged ‘1960s’

Studebaker Municipal Vehicles, 1962.

Friday, November 14th, 2008


The 1962 Studebaker Lark had all sorts of features that a city would want in a fleet vehicle: the compact Lark was redesigned for 1962, with a 5″ longer frame and a 109″ wheelbase, and their “police-built” engines came in 112 and 225HP versions on ‘regular’ gasoline. Studebakers had been operating as police cars for several years before, but a larger, more robust machine was hoped to increase their scope. Sadly, just a couple years later, the Studebaker was gone in the U.S. after 1966.

Goldwater For President, 1964.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

A Republican presidential candidate from Arizona can’t lose, can he? Barry Goldwater stepped down from his seat in the Senate to run for president against LBJ…but was defeated in one of the worst landslides in history. He garnered only 52 electoral votes, compared to LBJ’s four-hundred-eighty-six. Make sure you get out and vote today, and let’s remind McCain what we think of Arizona Republicans.

Elmer For Governor, 1960.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

In 1960, Elmer was on the GOP ticket for Governor of the state of Minnesota. A few short weeks after he published this ad in The Farmer magazine, he won his bid, starting a controversy-free term in charge of the state. Two short years later, however, he was undone by 91 voters: in an extremely close election, he lost out to Farm-Labor candidate (and his Lieutenant Governor) Karl Rolvaag. Despite his Republican heart, Andersen was a self-proclaimed liberal to the end, even endorsing John Kerry during the 2004 election. Andersen passed away shortly thereafter.

Halloween Bowling, 1960.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

On the evening of October 31st, 1960, the gals from the bowling league got together and tossed the balls a few times. Being Halloween, they couldn’t go without a costume, of course: some made due with just a black mask, but others got into it more. I see a couple clowns, a railroad engineer, and a Bo Peep.

“Reflectorize” Your Costumes, 1960.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse have been ‘reflectorized’, according to this article from 1960 on Halloween safety. You may think your parents were the first ever to be so lame as to worry about cars running over little Batmans and princesses on your neighborhood streets, but the worry has been around about as long as cars (but probably moreso about the time the suburbs began to flourish). My only thought about this picture is that it doesn’t actually depict Halloween: in order to be included in the October 15th issue, the article and photo probably had to be in to the publisher by the 1st, and with photo developing time the picture was probably taken sometime in September. Imagine you’re the two kids, dressed in your Halloween costumes a month early, walking around your neighborhood decked out in high-reflective tape, during the first couple weeks of school. Downright embarrassing.

Cedric Adams, WCCO, 1960

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

An advertisement from The Farmer, 2 July 1960, for WCCO Broadcaster Cedric Adams.

Malferd’s Garden, 1960s.

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Note on back reads, “This is part of our house on the south side. Malferd & I both love to work in the yard.” Color photo, appears 1960s.

A-C WD and Swather, 1961

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

An Allis-Chalmers WD pulling a swather; dated by lab “Aug 1961″.

Horse, Fence, Bicyclist, 1960s

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Horse tied to fence, boy on bike in distance. 1960s.

4Hers At Roundup, 1961

Friday, August 1st, 2008


4H members staying out of the sun during the 1961 Round-Up, a sort of 4H-only county fair held in Moorhead, Minnesota for Clay County members. From a 35mm slide.