Webster's Dictionary Ad
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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Sorry about your goat!

“Hey, sorry about your goat, guys! I have to go open a chain of questionable chicken restaurants, I’ll be back to settle up later.”

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Alternative to WAZE

Since cellphones with the WAZE app installed did not yet exist in 1906, motorists of the day resorted to using confetti flung across the roadway…

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