The first Basket of Kisses CONTEST!

 Posted by on September 4, 2008 at 11:15 am
Sep 042008

We’ve been sent this lovely sample product: Kimberly Clark’s Shine to Go Shoe Polishers. The Mad Men tie-in is that MM fashion is influential, people are dressier, and of course they want shiny shoes just like Don Draper.

The rep describes it as “An on-the-go polisher about the size of a credit card that’s perfect for a wallet, purse or pocket. With people dressing up these days, it’s a great accessory for busy individuals without time for a professional shine.”

Anyway, here’s the deal. We have ten of these that will go to lucky winners.

We also have (drum roll please…) a Sterling Cooper magnet! I love this thing. It is the coolest of the cool.

First prize will receive the magnet plus the shoe polisher package. Nine runners-up will receive the shoe polishers, and use your own darn magnets.

To Enter: Name your favorite piece of pop culture from 1960-62, either from within the show or otherwise. Movies, TV, songs, or fashion are allowed. Post your entry in comments. Contest will run until October 1, 2008.

To Win: Winning will be by random drawing. The winners will be contacted for shipping information after the contest closes.

Restrictions: No Lipp Sisters or BoK writers are eligible. Rich Sommer can enter, though.



  87 Responses to “The first Basket of Kisses CONTEST!”

  1. My favorite is The Apartment by Billy Wilder.

  2. On March 27, 1962 Johnny Carson takes over the Tonight Show, starting an amazing 30 year run of 1874 episodes.

  3. "L'eclisse" is the 1962 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Monica Vitti and Alain Delon! And simply a beautiful movie!

  4. The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered October 3, 1961. Not only did I watch this show incessantly in syndication as a kid, but Laura Petrie (the fabulous Mary Tyler Moore) was a fashion icon. Those capri pants rocked!

  5. October 5, 1961- Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. LOVE IT!

  6. M.T.A. as recorded by the Kingston Trio

  7. I was born in August of 1960 and as a toddler had a Happy Hippo pull toy that I was apparently quite fond of.

  8. The undeniable talent that is Saul Bass! Although my favorite graphic designs from him came in the late 50's, his work for West Side Story (1961) was amazing. So much of MM is owed to Saul Bass … from the opening titles to the logo work.

    Mr. Bass, we are not worthy.

  9. I know I'm not eligible, but I just had to chime in and echo T-Rex's shout out to Saul Bass. His work is amazing. Between 1960 and 1962 he designed the titles and / or posters for movies like Psycho, Exodus and Spartacus (all of which were mentioned in Mad Men), as well as West Side Story, Ocean's 11, and Advise & Consent.

    Plus there was all his iconic logo work — most of which is still in use today: AT&T (and it’s forerunner Bell), Continental Airlines, Exxon, Girl Scouts, Kleenex, Lawrys, Minolta, Quaker, Rockwell, United Way, and United Airlines

  10. miamimammi (best monikker ever, btw) …

    oh, mah LORD! eames aqua chairs – which ones? drool …

  11. i have the molded plastic armchairs. my little shack was built in 47. still has the original terrazzo floors. as we fix it up we are trying to keep it true to its spirit. hence our first splurge on the chairs.

    i am a young un here on this site – as im new to the blog and from posts, young in age as many posters were lucky enough to have experienced the 60s. but my love of mid century things (films, architecture, etc) is what piqued my interest in the show when it aired last summer – that and i was pregnant and not really in the mood for outings….just cold a/c, ice cream and mad men.

    i love this blog and the intelligent people that interact here. mojito kisses and mango dreams from Miami!

  12. November 10, 1961 – "Catch-22" is first published by Joseph Heller.

  13. The Hustler, which premiered in Washington, DC (!) on September 25, 1961.

  14. To Kill a Mockingbird — the book (1960) and the movie (1962)

    For years I avoided the movie because I loved the book so much. Then I finally gave in and watched. Absolutely brilliant.

  15. I’m wearing suede shoes, but I love that magnet!

    I’ll go for the obvious choice: On October 14,1961 How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring a peppy young fella named Robert Morse, opened on Broadway.

    (I guess they’re not going to mention How To Succeed within the show. The only Broadway references they’ve made this season have been two mentions of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, but none of How To Succeed. I guess they decided it would be too self-referentially cute.)

  16. xox to you, hullaballoo! I always transpose the titles for NXNW when MM comes on (eventhough that was ’59).

    and i’m dying to double/triple dip here: please, oh please, someone just write charles & ray eames or edith head. PLEASE!

  17. I have to add that I went to and discovered that the two references to A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum were more than just versimilitude. The show opened on May 8,1962, so it was the hot ticket in town at the time the last two episodes are set. So when Rachel mentions that she and Tilden have tickets to see it, it’s a subtle indication of status (“weve got tickets to the show everyone is trying to see”), while Bobbie’s telling her that it’s great is a just as subtle form of one-upsmanship (“I’ve already seen it.”). And when Duck tells his kids he’s got tickets, it’s his attempt to impress them. And obviously their future stepfather had the same idea.

    Even at that microscopic level, this show is telling us about the characters!

    Now, back to your regularly scheduled contest.

  18. you mention the eames – i had a total doh! moment as soon i entered my submission – i looked up and there are my aqua chairs staring at me……..

  19. Note: TV show was in the 1950's so I am assuming that Dick Whitman saw them and internalized some of the main character's personality traits (the main character is a detective in New York City).

  20. Ok, so first I wanted to say Pillow Talk, till I realized that was released in 1959. Then I thought of Thrill of it All, but it was released in 1963…. (Can you tell I love Doris Day movies?)

    SO… I'll say Splendor in the Grass (1961), starring Natalie Woods. I really like that movie too. And though it's set in 1928, it speaks more about the era Mad Men are living in, than the silly Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies.

  21. West Side Story – released 1961.

  22. A sentimental favorite for me (even though I grew up with the 80’s version): THe Jetsons, which had its first premiere on September 23, 1962. I still wish I had a robot to clean up after me and the cool space cars.

  23. Adoring "Mad Men", worshipping Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis since I was a little girl, wore a pillbox hat to church, studied French and eventually visited Paris because of her. Jackie's tour of the White House was broadcast on Feb. 14, 1962 to an American viewing audience of more than 46 million. Jackie taped introductions in French as well as Spanish, and the show was eventually distributed to 106 countries on every continent. (source: "A Woman Named Jackie", by C. David Heymann) However, today, I strive to channel Joan in my job as an office manager.

  24. Yay Erin for the Doris Day movies!! (You could say "Lover Come Back")

    My additions are:

    "The Manchurian Candidate" the original obviously…I don't know why they remake movies when the original is so good.

    And in honor of the womanizer that is Don Draper…"Dr. No" I love me some Sean Connery 007.

  25. The fascination with all things French. When Jacquline Bouvier stepped onto the world stage in her bouffant hair and Pierre Cardin wardrobe schoolgirls and housewives nationwide jumped on the bandwagon and even many babies born in those years had French names like Collette and Yvette and Suzette. All of the Cherly/Sheryls I went to school with suddenly became Cherri/Sherri. Everyone got a fake loepard skin coat and pillbox hat and three quarter length sleeves and teased and sprayed their hair into big round balls with a flip at the bottom. We were tres chic even in the heartland farmtowns.

  26. God Bless The Lipp Sisters! I love this blog, it is fabulous to be among others as obsessed with this show as I am.

    One of my favorite films is from 1960 – La Dolce Vita. Although it takes place in the '50s, it is interesting how it mirrors our Don Draper's life. Marcello is a journalist who covers celebrities and other banalities, and Emma is the woman who loves him and wants a traditional life with him, but can't understand his need to search for "himself". Oh, and he sleeps around on her with the likes of Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimee.

  27. Oh "Lover Come Back"…I've got all those Rock and Doris movies.

    Good movie to discuss with its portrayal of 1960s advertising.

    All I know is if Vip existed, I'd probably buy it. It also makes me wish someone at Sterling Cooper went by their first two initials instead of a first name. J.P, L.J., J.R. etc.

  28. The Thin Man TV series. Dick Whitman is doing the Don Draper as Thin Man impression.

  29. One word: Barbie!

  30. John R., your entry must contain something from 1960–62; Thin Man series doesn't count.

    jess, I was hoping with all my heart someone would name Dr. No.

  31. In September 1961, Dick Dale and the Deltones released "Let's go Trippin'", what is considered the first surf rock instrumental. The Beach Boys recorded it later in early '63.

  32. Dr. No, the first James Bond film is released in October 1962 (hmmm…Cuban Missile Crisis, Good Timing!) in the UK.

  33. My vote goes to what could be Don Draper's theme song:
    Elvis Presley's 1960 version of "Are you Lonesome Tonight?"

    According to Wikipedia:
    Elvis' version was based on the Blue Barron Orchestra in 1950 and the spoken part of the song (like Al Jolson's) was loosely based on Shakespeare's As You Like it using Jaques' speech on Act II Scene VII:

    "All the world's a stage, and all men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts."

  34. jess, I just saw Lover Come Back. Stay tuned for a review-ish.

  35. Connecting to MadLuv’s French point, Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961!

  36. 1962 Ford Galaxie is my entry cause many years later, it was my first
    car. My Dad bought it for me & I was so happy tooling around in it.
    Had a lot of fun foolin' around in it too.

    thanks basket of kisses gurls ~ love this contest

  37. Can I say Telstar? Both the launch of the world's first communications satellite – in July 62 (without which I wouldn't be watching Mad Men) – and then a month later the release of the novelty space age 7" of the same name that established Joe Meek as a pioneering experimental producer and gave the Tornados their place in history as the first British group pre-Beatles to have a chart-topping hit in the US (it also went to No 1 in the UK). Still sounds fantastically weird today too.

  38. Etch-a-Sketch — a timeless toy that has hardly changed since first sold in 1960.

  39. Ooh, Sarah, good pick!

  40. Two words: Sea Monkeys!

  41. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960!

  42. One of my favorite tv shows started in 1960:

    Coronation Street!

    This is still on, and has some of the original 60's characters remaining. I think it relates to mad men in a sense that it was known for portraying strong female characters that became household names in the 60's.
    I know its not that popular in the USA, but the 60's were happening everywhere.

  43. I'm a film major (well was, I guess now I have a film degree since I graduated in June!) and cannot really pick just one of the films mentioned in the show (let alone one from all '60-'62). I love the production code (even thought I love pre-code more) and this is right before it was thrown out the window.

    Every Sunday night we get to see the true to life Post Production Code version of Lover Come Back ('61, btw)!

  44. The Sound of Music [stage musical]

    Changed musical theatre permanently. And coincidentally tied with Fiorello Exclamation Point for Best Musical at the Tonys. So there's the Mad Men connection.

  45. ACD, you really need to pick something for your contest entry.

    Noah, that's interesting, I didn't know that about the tie.

  46. Miles Davis' album "Sketches of Spain" (1960) — played in Midge's apartment when her troupe of beatniks share a joint with dapper Don. A haunting piece of work that married the Spanish folk tradition to swanky American jazz. The kind of music that sticks with you for a very long time.

  47. My favorite book when I was a kid, Madelaine L'Engle's " A Wrinkle in Time", what a wonderful story! Love the Sterling Cooper magnet-

  48. In 1961 the brilliant Rudolf Nureyev defected from the USSR in Paris. He was a "rock star" of the ballet world and a cultural phenomena.

    Of course, the real icon of the early sixties and beyond was Jackie Kennedy.

    I too love your Sterling Cooper magnet and our little contest.

  49. I love all the paraphernalia of cocktail culture. Multi-colored glassware, gold-edged highball tumblers, glass pitchers with mod lemon slices painted on…

    It was a family affair then. Daddies teaching their little girls how to mix drinks…by the time I was 7, I knew how to make a Bloody Mary with gin, Tabasco and celery. Cocktail parties are a lost art. I love watching Don Draper's little girl hand him a drink she's mixed for him.

  50. […] 48 entries in the comments, folks, and not every one of those is an actual contest entry. This makes the odds of winning very […]

  51. "What's My Line?" ran from 1950 – 1967. This would be a constant.

  52. Jello. Red flavor.

  53. Blue Hawaii was released in 1961 — gotta love the King!!

  54. On May 5, 1961 as I sat slack jawed in my 6th Grade classroom, we listened over a crackly PA system in Pleasant Run Elementary in Lancaster, Texas, to the entire 15 minute flight of Mercury 1 and Navy pilot Alan Shepard, becoming the first American in space, and launching me into a state of mind that has never left me in the 46 years since that day. Is this a Pop Culture Event? Perhaps not, but no one could argue that it launched several industries of Pop, that goes on into this millennium.

  55. My favorite Christmas-morning picture shows a 3-year-old me holding my "Kissy" doll made by Ideal toys. It was taken Christmas morning 1962. I doubt if it will resonate with anyone, but it was the best Christmas of my life because I actually got something they advertised on television, and she really kissed me!

  56. Farnham, I was exactly one day old on that day, and much as I would like to lie and say it was 46 years ago, it was in fact, 47.

  57. "An Evening with Mike Nichols & Elaine May," Mercury records, 1960

  58. “Lolita”. Love those Kubrick movies.

  59. I know it’s right at the end of ’62, but how’s about Lawerence of Arabia?

  60. Looking over at Wikipedia, I just had to share this MadMen connected 1962 invention: The Interrobang.

    American Martin K. Speckter invented the interrobang in 1962. As the head of an advertising agency, Speckter believed that advertisements would look better if copywriters conveyed surprised rhetorical questions using a single mark. He proposed the concept of a single punctuation mark in an article in the magazine TYPEtalks. Speckter solicited possible names for the new character from readers. Contenders included rhet, exclarotive, and exclamaquest, but he settled on interrobang. He chose the name to reference the punctuation marks that inspired it: interrogatio is Latin for “a rhetorical question” or “cross-examination”;[2] bang is printers’ slang for the exclamation point. Graphic treatments for the new mark were also submitted in response to the article.

    Sounds like something Cooper would do!

  61. The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Introduced the Space Needle and had Elvis rocking in Seattle. (Plus my husband still has the t-shirt.)

  62. Bob Dylan's first album… 1962.

    Plus this secret NASA landing on Mars happened in 1962.

  63. I LOVED the Dick Van Dyke show (reruns) as a kid! Thanks.

  64. Hm, well, I wasn’t around yet to remember a favorite, but in pop culture, Andy Warhol did his first set of Marilyn Monroe silk screens in 1962. I’d count that as fairly momentous in both the art and pop culture worlds.

    From Mad Men, I’m going to choose the featuring of the song “Lollipops and Roses” at the end of an episode this season. It’s my parent’s wedding song, and I didn’t know anyone else in the world was familiar with it anymore. It was a nice surprise to hear it.

  65. I believe I'll steal the mention of "Lover Come Back". I love old Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies. And when you throw in Tony Randall — you are talking about hilarity ensuing.

  66. Moving my entry to the proper post:

    How about the red plaid Skotch Koolers? They began production in the 1950s, but our family was still buying and using them into the ’60s. There were also the matching plaid thermoses and plaid-and-pleather sandwich carriers, one of which I believe Don’s head is resting on at their picnic.

    I myself would vote for either the Barbie Doll (classic!) or Telstar (the satellite and the song) entry; that song haunts me to this day, of magical times gone by. :-}

  67. Marvel comics. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby changed the concept of the superhero from the soulless saccharine action figure to real human beings with human problems. I forget the dates, but Fantastic Four debuted in 1961, the Hulk and Spider-Man in 1962.

    Around 1964/65, each cover had the label "Another Marvel Pop-Art Production", a cheeky claim that comics weren't just for kids with paper routes. But it all started in '61.

  68. […] our contest by naming any favorite pop culture from 1960-62 in this linked thread. Fun favorites recently mentioned include Barbie Dolls, Marvel Comics (the “Silver Age” […]

  69. Since someone has already mentioned Nureyev, I think I am safe in naming Joan Sutherland, the great Australian opera diva with the voice of the century — she's really more high culture, but her appearances on the Ed Sullivan show brought her recognition beyond the world of opera. She sang Lucia di Lammermoor on opera stages around the world beginning around 1960 and became an international star.

    I can't tell you what an impact she had beginning in the early 1960s. She was La Stupenda.

  70. My choice: The Christian Dior New York coat. It was important for several reasons. Christian Dior had died by then, and his collection was being designed by Marc Bohan, who thought it was important for French designers to have a New York presence. The coat was sold at Bonwit Teller, and instantly snapped up and copied at every price point. It was the coat we think of when we think of the early 1960s — a little boxy, three-quarter sleeves so that you could wear bracelet-length gloves, with big buttons down the front, a slight sweep to the skirt, and a belt in the back. Every model, every socialite and eventually every mom had this coat.

  71. Town Without Pity, a movie from 1961 starring Kirk Douglas, E. G. Marshall, and Robert Blake, about the rape of a German girl by U.S. soldiers that blew me away when I saw it as a kid. It was probably the first "serious" movie about an almost taboo subject that I'd seen.

    And of course, there's the great song of that same name, sung by Gene Pitney, from the movie. Check out the song on

  72. Subliminal Advertising… While the idea first sparked life in the late fifties, it wasn't until 1962 that the creator of the famous 'movie and popcorn test', James Vicary, admitted his test was myth and in fact a marketing ploy in and of itself. BTW – This confession was made to an advertising trade publication… Perhaps Cooper got a chuckle?… In any event, while you tend to forget about it, subliminal advertising does seem to grab each new generation's interests, particularly the early teens, in much the same way that dinosaurs will always fascinate children… It's provocative and sexy and often involves cigs and drink… sort of like Mad Men now that I think about it…

  73. Tony the Pony–a heavy, unwieldy ride-on toy made by Marx that I LOVED! Look up the 1962 commercial on retroload and see if you remember the jingle….

  74. Saturday morning children’s television shows, especially cartoons – to be watched while eating cereals being advertised during commercials, of course. And if I recall correctly (I was 8 in 1960) not all kiddie cartoons were on Saturday morning, e.g. THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW (1960 ABC), THE BULLWINKLE SHOW (1961) and TOP CAT (1961 ABC). Sigh…. where did all the (subversive) humor go?

  75. I was 5 in 1962. That year I remember getting both Chatty Cathy, the Mattel talking doll, and the new Midge (Barbie's best friend). Chatty Cathy was later the inspiration for a rather creepy Twilight Zone featuring Telly Savalas and "Talking Tina." Never knew anyone else named Midge until last year – anyone else make that connection?

    I also was in love with Fizzies and (a year later) Tab.

    Great to see all the young posters on here – hope we can all enjoy this show (and each other) for another 10 years….

  76. There was also Moose and Midge of the Archies… who I just alluded to yesterday, in reference to the fact that I am talking to a guy online who is 6'4". Y'know, potentially next to my 5'2".

    Is Midge short for Margaret? I think?

  77. Ernest Hemingway dies July 2, 1961. =( One of my favorite authors.

  78. Mad Men is like a loving tribute to Alfred Hitchcock every week. The influence of his 1960 film Psycho can't, to my mind, be underestimated. A whole generation of women switched from showers to baths, or kept the bathroom door firmly locked!

    Hitchcock tricked the audience into sympathizing with the murderer Bates in much the same way Weiner tricks his into sympathizing with con man Draper. And what fun it is to be tricked by such skillful storytelling!

  79. The first Mercury space launches, which they let us watch on TVs in our CLASSROOMS!!
    The second most memorable event, which told me we were ALL entering a new age, was when someone from Bell Telephone labs brought in a LASER, and demonstrated it, telling us of future uses (such as medicine!). It was such an awe inspiring moment, that, later, I could almost believe those flying cars from the World’s Fair could become part of our everyday lives, too!

  80. The 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne…my first car.

  81. The Pillbox Hat….The Cassini Suit….Jackie’s preferred designs are showing up more, and more, in the Mad Men wardrobe….

  82. Everybody took my faves 🙁 Breakfast at Tiffany's was my first thought. Wonderful Eames era items (though those aren't specific to the early 60s of course). One not taken: 1962, Tony Bennett, I Left my Heart in San Francisco. Did someone mention Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show? I think 1962 was his first year. And then, my parents were married in December 1962, not a pop culture fact but still important to me, ha! I looked at a poster I made for them for their 25th wedding anniversary, detailing pop culture items from the time, but you guys hit most of the high points, ha!

  83. 1961 was the year of the film version of West Side Story, featuring the greatest score in all of musical theater. I love every note, and evey second of that movie, even though Rita Moreno can't stop grabbing her dress! I used to only be able to do my high-school US History homework with the West Side Story album on (yes, the film soundtrack, not the original cast recording). It's an incredibly meaningful movie for me, as it was my first love in the world of musical theater, and I now teach musical theater. I know it must have had an impact in the pop culture of the time: my parents used the song "One Hand, One Heart" for their wedding song in 1964.

  84. Debra, not to mention the opening credits sequence by the oft-mentioned-at-BoK Saul Bass.

  85. Despite being born in 1964, I have two things…

    1. My parents had those first two Bob Newhart albums. He is my favorite comedian. I only found out much later how big a deal those records were back then.
    2. The movie "Last Year at Marienbad" was released in 1962. Make sure you see this movie on a big screen.

  86. My new entry is:
    1962 – "The Day of the Triffids"!!

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