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The Bullet Knife

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Don't bring a bullet-knife to a gun fight. Or a knife fight. Or to any fight, really. It's just plain dumb.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 19, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: 1910's, Weapons

Toy Hand Grenade

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"I'm deeply sorry, Mrs Jones, but the SWAT team had no way of knowing little Tommy wasn't holding a real grenade before they opened fire."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 25, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Toys, Comics, 1950's, Weapons

How to Use Jiu-Jitsu

Or, from the looks of it, how to use the book itself as a weapon. Prices on Amazon for this 1944 publication range from $24 to $80. So it may be useful info, but it ain't cheap.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 28, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Books, Weapons

Giant Slingshots

Slingshots taken from young vandals, May 1952. If the police hadn't stopped them, the kids probably would have been building full-sized trebuchets next.

"Salem, Mass., May 8 — Police Lt. Walter Broderick tests one of two huge slingshots confiscated after boys had broken 60 windows in two local factories. Police said the giant weapons could hurl a five-pound rock more than 200 yards."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 27, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Violence, 1950's, Weapons

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #28

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 08, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930's, Weapons

Strange Iconography

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A Scottish child and a Native-American child pour hair tonic on the head of an elderly Anglo man and massage it in, while a child soldier out of some European comic opera stands by with sword upraised in tribute.

The only sensible part of this weird iconography is the Scottish kid. Once upon a time, right up to, oh, the 1960s, "anything Scottish = cheap and economical" was standard advertising shorthand.

Original ad here, with accompanying text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 07, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Hair Styling, 1900's, Weapons, Hair and Hairstyling

It’s always a good idea to be armed at Christmas


via christmasyuleblog
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 28, 2012 | Comments (11)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, Weapons

Stop That Tank!





Disney creates terrorist training films! I'm sure al-Qaeda is watching this to learn how to stymie our forces in Afghanistan.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 16, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: PSA's, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Cartoons, 1940's

The Bat Bomb

A few weeks ago, Paul posted about a plan the U.S. military cooked up during WWII to destroy Japan by triggering volcanic explosions. The article below describes a similarly mad plan -- the Bat Bomb. The idea was to strap incendiary devices to bats, and then drop the bats on Japanese cities.

I scanned the article from the Atlantic Monthly, December 1946. I think this was one of the first public descriptions of the bat bomb.

bat bomb
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 08, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, War, Weapons

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #19

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"Why, could that be Officer Clancy approaching me down this poorly lit sidewalk? Let me just whip out my pistol flashlight and-- Argh, I'm shot!"

From the 1950 catalog.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 27, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950's, Weapons
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