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Woody Hockaday

Woody Hockaday (1884-1947) made significant contributions to American history, but he's almost entirely forgotten today. According to the Kansas State Historical Society, he was "the first person to recognize the need for highway marking in the United States." So, on his own initiative, beginning in 1915, he started posting mileage markers on highways. Eventually "Hockaday signs" appeared on 60,000 miles of roads from Washington DC to Los Angeles.

But around 1935 he decided he needed to do something different with his life. So he started calling himself "Big Chief Pow Wow" and launched a "feathers instead of bullets" campaign. Dressed in red shorts, a feather war bonnet, sneakers, a painted sunflower on his chest, and carrying a huge bag of feathers, he would pop up at political rallies and pelt politicians with feathers (or sometimes live chickens). He explained that "to attract attention to peace a man must use sensational methods."

In 1936 he broke into the office of Assistant Secretary of War Harry Woodring and scattered feathers everywhere before being hauled away. And soon after that he launched a feather attack on radio priest Charles Coughlin.

In 1940, he combined a Santa Claus costume with his headdress and showed up in Rockefeller Plaza with a wagonload of 600 chickens. He screamed at the crowd, "I'm Santa Claus from Santa Fe. Peace! The whole world will have peace. Here, my friend, have a chicken."

Soon after that he was committed to an insane asylum. He died in 1947.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 09, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Politics, 1930's

All Apologies

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The Mgt. of WU--Alex, Chuck and Paul-- would like to apologize to our readers for foisting an overly political and jejune and tendentious post on you, even by proxy. You'll note that it's been deleted--although the comments formerly attached to it remain behind, so as to archive the wise and tasteful responses of our loyal readers.

Please forgive us, and continue reading as before.

The Powers of Congress

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 17, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Politics, 1940's

Cartoon Campaign Ad

Has there ever been another cartoon campaign ad in the past several elections? How could this great idea go unused?!? SpongeBob SquarePants for Obama! Pinky and the Brain for Bush and Cheney! Just imagine the possibilities!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 13, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Politics, Cartoons, 1950's

Make Mine Freedom

An interesting political cartoon from the guys who brought you The Jetsons and The Flintstones, Hanna and Barbera.

Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Fri May 08, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Politics, Cartoons

Citizens Vote Against Mayor’s Fashion Statement, Mustache Institute unhappy

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According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Dave Snarr, the Mayor of Murray, Utah may be losing his trademark handlebar mustache. Mr. Snarr has put the fate of his mustache up for a public vote and so far, it is not looking good for this favorite facial feature.

This is part of an event to to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network. Unfortunately, even the charitable deeds of politicians are not without criticism. The ire in this case comes from the American Mustache Institute , which has written the mayor a letter and posted a blog entry about the event.

According to the letter, written by American Mustache Institute CEO Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman:

"...you represent a community of downtrodden Americans - Mustached Americans - for whom you stand as a sign that we are not only fit to hold positions in waste collection, motorcycle repair, and hospital equipment maintenance. You are proof that a Mustached American can be a mayor, a leader, a respected beacon of excellence."

The Mayor's response? "...whatever you do, you're damned".

Voting for the fate of the mustache is open until May 16th.
Posted By: dherlich | Date: Fri May 08, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Politics, Officials, Facial Hair

Political Poster Dress

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Look magazine for August 20, 1968, contained this image, with a small bit of text detailing how famed illustrator Norman Rockwell licensed his images to a firm called Sterling Paper Fashions to produce these election-year paper dresses. How much do you imagine they'd be worth today on the vintage fashion market or elections collectible market?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2009 | Comments (12)
Category: Fashion, Politics, 1960's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Enigmatic Warning Sign

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If anyone can explain the logic of this warning, or provide information about where it comes from, please enlighten all of us here at WU!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 23, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Drugs, Politics, Rants, Warnings, Jeremiads, Prophecies and Cassandra-like Figures, Signage, Posters

Franken-Obama Jug

Following up on my recent post about bad Obama art, "Rapijo" pointed us in the direction of this truly hideous example of the genre. It's being offered for sale on Craigslist, so it could be yours. According to the description it's a "One of a kind collectible, North Carolina whiskey jug with President OBAMA's face hand sculptured on it."

It can also be used to frighten small children on Halloween.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 19, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Politics

Every Foto of Lincoln—Save One

Now that a new photo of Abe Lincoln has been found, I'm sure the maker of the video below is cursing those discoverers.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 12, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Politics, Historical Figure, Nineteenth Century
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