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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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
Posted in The Advertising


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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Posted in The postcards

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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War is over, let’s go nuts

It’s 1946, the war is over, and Look magazine asks people what they want. to buy. Because apparently everyone has piles of cash now. They…

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Harry Truman and Mount St. Helens
Posted in Back in My Day Flotsam

Mt. St. Helens ash? Or just fireplace sweepings?

Today is the 39th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, May 18th 1980. I was just 20 then, and barely noticed the ash…

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Lapp Family digs
Posted in The postcards

There are many Lapps

I came across this very old postcard in a lot I purchased a while back. This family is glad to pose on their little hill…

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