Party PEPPER-UPPERS (Dec, 1952)

I was very disappointed when I realized this article wasn’t about Crystal Meth.

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Party PEPPER-UPPERS
WITH the holidays just around the corner, you are probably on the lookout for some simple but lively games that will keep your party guests amused. These games should fill the bill, and the equipment required can be found in any home. Match up couples against couples, men against women, or one half of the party against the other. If you wish, award a prize to the most proficient couple or team, but the spirit of competition —and fun—is what counts.

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  1. Caya says: May 3, 200711:44 am

    I was just about to write in a comment about how much I would rather have lived in this era, where stupid party games are considered “party pepper-uppers”, and not life-destroying, soul-destroying drugs. That is, until I caught sight of the next article down, about the “Girl Chemist”. She’s 22 years old, and called a “girl”. The article doesn’t fail to note that she is “attractive” with “no shortage of male admirers”- and the bulk of the pages are devoted to her face, not her accomplishments. And THAT is the kind of thing that made my mother into a Hippie Feminist.

  2. Blurgle says: May 10, 20077:51 pm

    Remember too, Caya, that at this point in time lots of people took drugs – valium and barbiturates were being handed out like candy, and pot was beginning to become popular. Heroin was the junkie’s drug of choice (and yes, there were junkies). Cocaine had been popular 25 years earlier but had become less so due to its cost.

    What they didn’t have were screaming headlines on every newspaper telling them that drugs were a horrible, horrible scourge.

    They also had (as you say) sexism, racism (there were lynchings in the 50s), and homophobia, and non-conformity was viewed with the kind of horror we reserve for white supremacists and the like.

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