What exactly is happening in this 1947 issue of Life magazine? Did a swarm of the undead stumble into Grandpa Clovis' 70th birthday? Is this how Charlton Heston's family celebrated Thanksgiving? Is this an artifact from a far-off, genteel post-apocalypse?

These photos were from the launch soiree for a toy pellet gun. Guests were encouraged to shoot balloon-clad models to prove how safe the faux-firearms were. In sum, our generation has totally forgotten how to hold a good dinner party.

[via Ptak Science Books]

Is this a photo of an old-timey zombie invasion?

Is this a photo of an old-timey zombie invasion?

Is this a photo of an old-timey zombie invasion?