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American Women & The Boomer Household

Written by Christopher Alm • August 17th, 2009

Cute, kitschy and a bit sexist in a innocent mid-century way, this 25 minute long film tributes the American woman in the American family household. Through the course of it we get to experience her wifely responsibilities, such as planning the family budget, finding time to be social and shopping for daily necessities.

Pay attention to the lovely and cheerful muzak-styled songs that are played in the background. I am also very sure that this is the same narrator that was heard in a handful of other similar films in the 1950s and 1960s. Anyone know who I am referring to?

Update: the narrator is legendary Ken Nordine. Hat tip to commenter PJ for clearing that up.

Thanks Cam

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • It’s like an entirely different country from the America we live in today. God, I wish I could travel back in time.

  • @Bryan Hehe, you and me both!

  • Johannes

    Great find.

  • random dude

    As much as I like the style of this era, I wouldn’t go back seeing as I’m not white. I’ll take modern America, thank you.

  • pj

    The narrator is the legendary Ken Nordine

  • Oh, Ken Nordine as in “Music to watch girls by”?

  • pj

    Bob Crewe did Music To Watch Girls By…Ken Nordine was a voice-over God, who also did spoken word humor/absurdist albums set to jazz.

  • Alan

    PLEASE don’t say “sexist”. It’s stupid. Men are (or were) men and women are (or were) women and there’s nothing to be ashamed about it.

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