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March 2016

March 31, 2016

Let them eat pigeon

September 1975. Jackson, Mississippi had two problems: how to feed the homeless cost-effectively, and how to get rid of the pigeons whose numbers were getting out of control downtown.

Solution — trap the pigeons and feed them to the homeless. The birds were served broiled in gravy.

Unfortunately, many of the homeless refused to eat them. The director of the rescue mission admitted the birds were "tough" and "the taste was strange," but hoped the flavor would improve if prepared in a pressure cooker.

The Berkshire Eagle - Sep 13, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 31, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Food, 1970s

Bummer



"Flower children are just for plucking!"

Bare female chestal portions in film.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 31, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Music, Pop Art, Sex Symbols, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970s

March 30, 2016

More Art of the Insane

Following up on Paul's post yesterday about the Electric Pencil. Here's some art created by patients in the criminally insane ward of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington D.C., mid-1930s.

A "working model of the fourth dimension," examined by Dr. John E. Lind.





A lion (top) and a man on a horse (bottom), created by a "shellshocked, cop-killing veteran" out of chewed toilet paper, hair from clothes and blankets, and cellophane. "Jealous of his accomplishments, the veteran guards his work as assiduously as a setting hen; it must be taken from him while he is asleep."





A locomotive (top) and "something that looks like a caricature of a capitalist" (bottom) drawn by "a mental 10-year-old."



Source: Newsweek - Jan 9, 1937

Also see the earlier post, Art of the Insane, to compare artwork from patients at St. Anne Hospital in France, mid-1940s.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 30, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, 1930s

March 29, 2016

The Electric Pencil



Sounds pretty much like prime fodder for WU-vies.

"Around the year 1910, a patient at State Lunatic Asylum No. 3 in Nevada, Missouri, who referred to himself as The Electric Pencil, executed 280 drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and colored pencil. These beautiful drawings of animals, people and buildings were executed on both sides of 140 ledger pages, each bearing the name of the hospital in official type across the top, thus dramatizing the interface of the institutional and the creative. The Electric Pencil's drawings were sewn into a handmade album of fabric and leather, which shortly afterwards was lost--for a century."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 29, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Eccentrics, Books, Twentieth Century, Mental Health and Insanity

Square Donuts

The Square Donuts company of Terre Haute, Indiana has been making square donuts for 50 years, and they've trademarked the name. Eleven years ago, the Family Express convenience store also began making donuts that are square, and selling them as "square donuts." The Square Donuts company recently noticed what they were doing. Therefore, lawyers are now involved.

Square Donuts demands that Family Express stop selling those square donuts. Family Express insists that "square donuts" is too generic a concept to trademark.

I wonder if anyone has trademarked Triangular Donuts or Polyhedral Donuts? A business opportunity perhaps?

More Info: CBS Chicago

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 29, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Business, Food, Junk Food, Lawsuits

The Coffin of Pero Bannister

I find this anecdote in two sources. True, or apocryphal? You be the judge!

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1880 text.

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1937 text.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 29, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Face and Facial Expressions, Head

March 28, 2016

Left Waiting

The old "would you mind watching my raccoon for a minute" prank.

Reno Gazette-Journal - Sep 23, 1947


Does Favor For Stranger And, As Usual, Gets Stuck
ROSLYN, N.Y., Sept. 23 (AP)—A stranger in a bar handed Otto Steih, jr. the end of a leash and said, "Hold this a minute pal. I'll be right back."
But the stranger didn't return and that's why the Steih family was wondering what to do today with a raccoon.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 28, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, 1940s

If the Man in the Moon Were a Coon



Yes, this once met with mainstream approval as harmless entertainment.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 28, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Music, Racism, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1900s

March 27, 2016

Be a mindsticker

1969 ad campaign for Tab.

Other possibilities they might have gone with: Be a brain-adhesive. Be a thought-glue.







via: Modern Mechanix, reddit

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 27, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Advertising, 1960s

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