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Captain Tick-Mouse



Original images here.

I am not sure having a rat-like figure as your patriotic icon is the best choice of imagery.

Here is a little background on the character, from this source.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 01, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Politics, Propaganda, Thought Control and Brainwashing, War, 1910's

The Atom Blanket

Tuck your kids into bed with the "Atom Blanket" and you know they'll be safe from surprise nuclear attacks!

Atom Blanket: An American blanket manufacturer is widely publicizing this lead-lined model ($49.50), said to shield wearers from atomic radiation, fire, and shock 10 miles from blast center. Civil-defense experts have not changed their view that basement shelters are more effective.

Source: Newsweek - Apr 26, 1954

Note: Although Newsweek claimed this blanket was widely publicized, I haven't been able to find any references to it in papers and magazines from the 1950s -- beyond the reference in Newsweek itself. Perhaps it was advertised in trade publications that have never been scanned and placed online.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 11, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: War, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950's

Civil War Nurse Barbie

First of all, there's actually such a thing as a Civil War Nurse Barbie. (But no Civil War Soldier Ken, featuring horrific battle injuries).

Second, it's been pointed out in a number of places (such as here and here) that the doll is historically inaccurate. So it teaches kids bad history.

Dorothea Dix, Superintendent of Female nurses, famously set strict guidelines for all Union nurses: "They were required to be between 35-50 years old and plain-looking. [No attractive young nurses!] They were to dress in black or brown dresses and were not allowed to wear jewelry of any kind."

This is what an actual Civil War nurses' uniform looked like, complete with bloodstains:

Unlike the Union, the Confederates didn't have a nurses organization that defined what nurses should wear. But Confederate nurses tended to dress in simple, plain dresses, because that was practical.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 30, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Toys, War, Nineteenth Century

Siwash, the Duck Who Fought with the Marines in WWII



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Original article here.

Did Siwash actually have a little tailored uniform? Because that would be the greatest thing ever.



Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 05, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, War, 1940's


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, War, Weapons, 1950's, North America

How to prevent nuclear war

Roger Fisher on how to prevent nuclear war. From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Mar 1981.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: War, Weapons, 1980's

Judy the Dog:  Only Canine POW of WWII


Judy the dog survived internment in a Japanese POW camp. Her story is told in No Better Friend (see sidebar).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: War, Dogs, 1940's, South Pacific

The Dripping Bloody Hawk-Mummy of War


Original article here.

In 1930 we learn, from no less an authority than the founder of the Boy Scouts, about this macabre prescient bird corpse.

A followup article the same year explains more, and gives the owner's name.

Then after four years, the hawk crops up again.


Original article here.

Since then, nothing. I wonder what ever became of this talisman?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Superstition, War, 1930's

Air Raid Apparel

It's important to continue to be a fashion leader, even when hiding in an air raid shelter.
Source: The Valley Morning Star - Apr 30, 1941.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 27, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, War, 1940's

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle

What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's
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