Tag: History

Chesterfield ad with slacker knitter
Posted in The Advertising

It’s human nature to slack off

It’s 1935- The depression is barely over, not over for a lot of people, yet this yarn wench chooses to slack off her work, and…

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Lamp Chimney cleaning with bonus annoying sister added for extra misery.
Posted in Flotsam

Lamp chimney cleaning beats protesting.

This 1951 newspaper comic panel appealed to the households who were still waiting for electricity, I guess. Although I wonder if they had the extra…

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Excerpt from WWII editorial cartoon
Posted in Observations

Squirrel Hollow or bust, that guy is a nut.

Actually the guy in the fake Uncle Sam get-up works for a competing railroad, and either way, this train is going to roll with at…

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Webster's Dictionary Ad
Posted in The Advertising

Look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s.

A hundred years ago, this is how you googled. The lady pictured here seems to be seeking the answer to the problem of birds nesting…

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Old Harding museum of Chicago
Posted in The postcards

Careers in the theatrical arts

Alas, the castle housing this museum was torn down in 1964, in the interest of urban renewal. I don’t know what became of the dude…

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Century 21 plywood home of the future
Posted in Back in My Day

Home of the future of the past

From my wife’s 1962 World’s Fair stuff, a guide to the “plywood house of light”. Look at the curves! Kids were probably punished by being…

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Cure for dandruff germ bottle 1930s
Posted in Flotsam

Kill the dandruff germ!

I picked up this neat bottle at the Saturday auction, it once contained “Newbro’s Herpicide” and claimed that it “kills the dandruff germ”. Mr. Newbro…

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Posted in Back in My Day

Grandma’s soap saver

I was listening to the Larry Miller podcast, he was going on about saving soap slivers in the shower, somehow mushing them together to form…

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Old Headache Powder envelope
Posted in The Advertising

MY BRAIN HURTS

I guess when your head hurts so bad that you can’t even stand the sight of a trademark stamp, you don’t care about side effects,…

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Soldier of Fortune Matinee ad
Posted in The Advertising

Soldiers of Soda

Back in the day, apparently you could get into the Saturday Matinee for what? A dollar? Thirty-Five cents? Nope! Just six 7-up bottle caps! You…

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