Okay folks, here it is. Cultural, counter-cultural, celebrity, historical; some geographical. It is wicked incomplete, and challengeable. That’s what email (BasketOfKisses (at) LippSisters.com) is for. Have at it.
Ep 1:01 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Bambi (the novel)
Ep 1:02 Ladies Room
The Music Man (Paul calls Ken “Harold Hill”)
People Are Funny (it is mentioned by Midge, and then later it is on TV at the Draper’s)
Paul mentions both Wizard of Oz and Twilight Zone while he gives Peggy a tour of the office.
Toot Shor’s Restaurant and The Four Seasons restaurant
Khrushchev banging his shoe
St. Vincent’s Hospital
The Lindbergh baby
Bomb shelters and “the bomb”
Who are candidates that might run against Nixon? Roger mentions Kennedy, Symington, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The (New York) Journal American
Ep 1:03 Marriage of Figaro
Elvis Presley returning from the Army
Department stores: Saks, Henry Bendel, Bonwit Teller
Ep 1:04 New Amsterdam
Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Manhattan locations: The Armory, The St. Regis, The Century Club,
Long Island locations: Fisher’s Island, The Maidstone Club
Ep 1:05 5G
Magazines: Advertising Age, Atlantic Monthly, Life, Town and Country, Reader’s Digest (again), Boy’s Life, the New Yorker, Look Magazine
The Empire State Building
Ep 1:06 Babylon
The Red Balloon (This is open for interpretation/debate. It’s a visual metaphor; never outwardly alluded to. There is a red balloon that the family carries home and into the children’s bedroom at the end of the day.)
Mickey Mantle was robbed (unable to corroborate this)
Ep 1:07 Red in the Face
Jonathan Swift is quoted by Roger Sterling: “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”
Ep 1:08 The Hobo Code
Dancing to “The Twist”
The Wizard of Oz: “I feel like Dorothy, everything just turned to color”
Wall Street Journal
Standing Liberty quarter
One of the beatniks says either “That dead kid in Biloxi,” or “ten dead kids in Biloxi.” This appears to be a reference to either Emmett Till (not Biloxi but Money, MS), killed in 1955, or the Biloxi Beach Riots (1960, but not ten kids).
Bertram Cooper refers to Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
Ep 1:09 Shoot
Three Coins in the Fountain
Ep 1:10 Long Weekend
“I feel like I’m stuck somewhere between Doris Day in Pillow Talk and Midnight Lace, when what I need to be is Kim Novak in just about anything.”
The scene of Roger riding Mirabelle like a horse is a take on a similar scene in La Dolce Vita. Matt Weiner suggests that perhaps Roger saw the movie and got the idea from it.
Block Island (Mona’s vacation spot)
Roger suggests the Colony restaurant to Joan, it was known as “the most expensive restaurant in New York.”
Dr. Scholl’s is lost to Leo Burnett, a well-known Chicago agency; when Roger hears, he mocks the city of Chicago.
Pete refers to Peggy as “Howdy Dowdy,” a reference to the Howdy Doody Show, which Pete must have watched as a child; it ran from 1947 to 1960 and so was just cancelled when Pete said this.
Abraham Menken refers to a “Czarist Ministry”
Carol smells Joan and asks if she’s wearing Shalimar
Roger tells Mirabelle, “I want to suck your blood like Dracula”
Ep 1:11 Indian Summer
Pete says that he got the “PER” (later the Relaxiciser) from Compton Advertising, because they’d given Firestone to Compton to resolve Sterling Cooper’s conflict with Goodyear. Compton was founded in 1935 and taken over in 1984.
Ken suggests the PER looks like it’s made from a Lionel transformer, referring to Lionel train sets.
Betty reads Family Circle in bed
The salesman works for Frederick air conditioners
When Joan is putting makeup on Roger, he asks if she’s going to “draw freckles on me like Raggedy Andy.”
During the Lucky Strike meeting, there is discussion of tobacco lawsuits, the Surgeon General’s office, and the possibility of putting a warning on cigarette packages.
Peggy’s date has a sister who is a secretary at Bulova in Flushing.
Don and Betty watch the Danny Thomas show, sponsored by General Foods.
In the Rejuvenator/Relaxiciser meeting, the guys refer to Mitch’s wife as Jayne Mansfield.
A Place In the Sun (Rachel’s sister Barbara refers to a movie where the mistress of the married man gets pregnant and he kills her.)
Bertram Cooper tells Don Draper that he will introduce him to Ayn Rand
Ep 1: 12 Nixon vs. Kennedy
(Paul says, in a discussion about Duck Phillips, Her name was Rosetta. Rosetta Stone. That’s from something, right? I thought Vertigo, but I’m not coming up with anything.)
Highway Patrol (Paul says Peggy resembles Broderick Crawford.)
Harry and Jennifer were going to go see Can-Can.
Ep 1: 13 The Wheel
Tom Vogel, Trudy’s father, mentions a “surge in adolescence.” This is an early reference to the Baby Boom. Today we forget that, although the Boom started right after World War II, it wasn’t a known demographic until it was almost over.
This also ties in with mentioning Clearasil as a potential account, and its parent, the Vicks Chemical Company.
Tom also mentions a theory that ties the winner of a presidential campaign to whomever wins the Cleveland Browns versus Washington Redskins game.
Pete tells Don that Cooper wants him to read Ayn Rand. Of course, Cooper also wanted Don to read Ayn Rand; it’s apparently Cooper’s way of telling someone they’re “in.”
Harry tells Don that he was once fascinated by the cave paintings at Lascaux. It’s possible that Harry actually saw these caves, which were not closed to the public until 1963.
Kodak Carousel Slide Projector, the pivotal metaphorical ad campaign this episode, was introduced in the spring of 1962.
Duck is especially pleased to have gotten the Kodak account away from BBDO. BBDO is a major advertising agency founded in 1928.