Category Archives: 1950s

Total Recall

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013), pp. 13-14 Text: Our education about the world continued at the NonStop Kino, a newsreel theater near the central square in Graz. It ran an … Continue reading

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Everything to Lose

Source: Frances Partridge, Everything to Lose: Diaries 1945-1960 (London: Victor Gollancz, 1985), pp. 332-333 Text: July 13th. [1959] Ralph came with me to London for the night, Burgo driving up with Robert. Ralph was reading Burgo’s translation in the train, … Continue reading

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These are the British

Source: Drew Middleton, These are the British (New York: Knopf, 1957), pp. 244-245 Text: Television is the greatest new influence on the British masses since the education acts of the last century produced a proletariat capable of reading the popular … Continue reading

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Oh, Jolly 3-D!

Source: G.W. Stonier, ‘Oh, Jolly 3-D!’ in Pictures on the Pavement (London: Michael Joseph, 1955), pp. 140-143 Text: Of course, we all insisted we wouldn’t go, but there we were: some frankly excited, others holding aloof, a few remembering their … Continue reading

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Dynamite in the Middle East

Source: Khalil Totah, Dynamite in the Middle-East (New York: Philosophical Library, 1955), pp. 146-147 Text: Before leaving the Syrian capital, I must relate the tale of American influence. The film of Hamlet was advertised and as I had been unable … Continue reading

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The Cinema Gains a Powerful Ally

Source: Northerner II, ‘This World of Ours: The Cinema Gains a Powerful Ally’, The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury, 3 June 1953, p. 4 Text: I attended a revolution yesterday. I saw the triumph of large-screen television in the cinema. … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Source: Bill Bryson, extract from The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (London: Doubleday, 2007), pp. 54-56 Text: Saturdays and Sundays were the longest days in Kid World. Sunday mornings alone could last for up to three months depending … Continue reading

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Babycham Night

Source: Philip Norman, Babycham Night (London: Macmillan, 2003), pp. 148-149 Text: To help the little invalid through these long daytime hours, my mother rented a television, a Ferguson model with a seventeen-inch screen and twin frontal knobs set in a … Continue reading

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