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Nervine

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What exactly were the ingredients of Nervine that made it sell effectively for many decades?

Read all about it here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 16, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

Stuffed Gators

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Original article here.

Apparently, back in the early part of the 20th century, it was common to have a stuffed alligator as an umbrella stand. I searched the web for an image of such a thing, but could not find one. Maybe one of our clever WU-vies can.

But I did find the great feat of taxidermy seen below. I'm so sad the piece got auctioned before I could bid. As a fan of Pogo, I would have loved it.

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Original auction here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 07, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Comics, Twentieth Century

American Cornball

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Christopher Miller's new book is a must-have for any WU-vie, detailing with comprehensive wit all the old humor tropes that once delighted millions, but are now just plain weird, but with a residual underlying universality.

Read a sample here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 05, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Stereotypes and Cliches, Books, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

Dr. Sanden’s Electric Stimulator

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"Seminal weakness" indeed!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 15, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Sexuality, Advertising, Twentieth Century, Genitals

The Bald-Headed Men of America

Apparently there have been several instances of the formation of clubs to serve as fraternal organizations for bald men.

The New York Times has this 1896 report.

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Then comes this account in 1920, also from The New York Times.

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Then comes this report from 1954.

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But sometime after that, the original group must have gone under, because in 1972, John T. Capps, III founded the Bald Headed Men of America. They were profiled in a PBS documentary from 1989, as partially shown below.



Apparently, they are still going strong.



Peg-Leg Bates



Unfair career advantage: he had to buy only half the number of tap shoes of other dancers.

Wikipedia entry.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 16, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Disabilities, Dance, Twentieth Century

Paul von Boeckmann, Champion Breather

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Original ad here.

Hard to argue with the assertion that one has to breathe to stay alive.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 17, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Twentieth Century, Bodybuilding

Everything’s Coming Up Profits





This looks like the perfect Xmas gift to make any WU-vie happy.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 30, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Business, Music, Twentieth Century

Madge Gill

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Thanks to WU-vie Mark De Novellis, we learn of a new UK exhibition devoted to the work of outsider artist Madge Gill. If you image-google her name, you get tons of examples, such as you see above.

A nice visit if you're in the UK over the next several months.

Exhibition home page.

From the Wikipedia entry:

After recovering from her illness, she took a sudden and passionate interest in drawing, creating thousands of mediumistic works over the following 40 years, most done with ink in black and white. The works came in all sizes, from postcard-sized to huge sheets of fabric, some over 30 feet (9.1 m) long. She claimed to be guided by a spirit she called "Myrninerest" (my inner rest) and often signed her works in this name.




Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 30, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Museums, New Age, Outsider Art, Reader Recommendation, Europe, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century
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