~Pictures of a doll factory
Recently, Mashable.com posted an article that said, simply, “Try to look at these photos of doll factories without screaming.” We failed, miserably. But once we drank enough whiskey to deaden the soul to the point of indifference towards all but the most tragic of human sufferings (on a normal day we reach that point by about 4PM) we realized that these pictures looked kind of familiar. And sure enough, as we dug through the archives of our 1950’s horrible, sexist, no-good precursor, The Informative American, we saw that they had initially taken those photos, back in the 1950s! Clearly it was a bit of a surprise, and since we already got drunk to get ourselves over the whole “terrifying baby dolls being assembled” thing we figured we’d re-post our original article for our modern readers.
Before we delve in, as it’s been a while since we’ve posted one of our The Informative American brochures, back in the 1950s this country, and AFFotD, were…very different. The 1950s was a decade that raised an entire generation of people who could say, “Holy shit, I survived the 50s.” This was a time where cigarettes were considered prenatal vitamins, where popular toys were “actual guns and throwing knives that can kill you.” So, some of what you might read might be offensive or jarring to your modern eyes, to which we’d say you’ve been warned.
The Informative American Tours a Doll Factory (originally published April, 1956)