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VIDEO: Vintage ads for the TV remote and other innovative products in the '50s and '60s

When Tupperware was glamorous…

Do Tupperware parties still happen? This image is from one such event in 1958. (AP/AP/Press Association Images)

IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT a remote control for the TV? Or a time when a Tupperware party was the most glamorous it could get for a homeowner?

It may sound dull now but the 1950s and 1960s were a time of innovation and mega-consumerism. Take a look at what the ad men came up with to sell all sort of products, including the Bongo Board and the Swing Wing.

Tupperware parties were so successful for the company that by 1951 all products were taken off store shelves so they could be sold at home demonstrations.


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The Bongo Board was the first evolution of the skateboard – but manufacturers targeted young housewives instead of scruffy pre-teens with bad pants.


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We’ve said it already but imagine life without the remote control? Just imagine.


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Baseball stars Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella discuss the importance of a clean shave for young boys. Gilette Razors, bringing men self esteem since 1950 it seems:


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This ad is for the Swing Wing. The what? Yeah, there are no words. Just watch:


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The bizarre hula-hoop for the head was eventually recalled because too many people complained of neck injuries.

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