Vintage Food Photos + Mellow Music = Chicken Soup for the Soul


If the final straightaway of 2016 is making you feel like a mixed salad of relief, regret, excitement and exhaustion, you might be in need of some soul-soothing by way of a slideshow and a playlist. Good news! That’s literally the story you’re reading right now. And while we’re on the topic of weird salads:

(by Constance Bannister Corp via Getty Images)

This is a jello loaf. With eggs!!!!! God, don’t you love photos of weird food from the 1950s? We have a whole slideshow up there ^^^ for you, just for kicks. Because they might be as good for the soul as a long weekend filled with love and laughter. They’re also mildly nauseating. But we must love them for this very complexity: colorful, poppy, cold, seemingly plastic, out of context, set against an unsettling patterned backdrop. And created, don’t forget, with no help from Photoshop. Such artistry!!!!

But seriously, we go for this aesthetic all the time at Man Repeller. Doesn’t this TV dinner we shot for What Your Sad Dinner Says About You make you happy and disgusted in equal measure?


Anyway, we hope mid-century food art figuratively lights your heart on fire like it does ours. If you think yes, pour yourself a cup of tea (maybe one that helps with digestion?), turn on the below playlist of mellow tunes and click through above. What better way to pass your post-Thanksgiving food coma fever and tip your invisible hat to Consumption Month?

Sorry/you’re welcome, but we think you’ll like it.

P.S. If you’re really into 1950s food art, our visual manager Emily Zirimis recommends “Whip it Up!” by Billy Green for a modern take or Betty Crocker’s “New Picture Cook Book” for a vintage take.

If you want more slideshows and playlist, check out October’s.

Photos via Getty Images. 

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman is the Features Director at Man Repeller.

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