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Cheerful Dying Wish Fulfilled

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I regret that I did not have this story ready for you for Christmas. Nonetheless, its spirit lives on through every season!

Thank God the kid didn't wish for the whole world to follow her!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Children, Parents, 1940's

Volto!

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I do believe I've featured Volto before, but I could not resist another encounter with him. Hope you all agree he deserves more fame!

The Complete Volto Archives here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Sexy Banana Spokeslady



This is really four commercials back to back. I like that sentient bananas are willing to strip their skins off and sacrifice themselves for humans.

Number three has one of the typical vintage representations of a cannibal for you to marvel at.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 10, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, Advertising, 1940's

Follies of the Madmen #238

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A pelican garbed in Colonial clothes with lettering on its pouch is not the intuitive choice for a booze mascot.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 30, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, 1940's, Alcohol

Jump Jump the Christmas Elf

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Seriously, Jump Jump looks like a mean, vicious badass to me.

You can listen to Jump Jump's Old Time Radio adventures here.

And if you have a spare $200.00, you can own your own Jump Jump doll.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 23, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Aliens, Holidays, 1940's, Fictional Monsters

Crusader for corporal punishment caned

Eric Wildman was a crusader for corporal punishment. He believed strongly that if you spare the rod, you'll spoil the child. He was the president (and perhaps only member?) of the National Society for the Retention of Corporal Punishment in Schools. To support himself, he sold canes and whipping paraphenalia to schools and caning enthusiasts.

In 1948, he was invited to speak at Horsley Hall, a British school for boys. But the talk didn't turn out as he expected. As he was talking, a group of the boys crept up behind him, grabbed him, pinned him down, and then began beating him with his own canes.

Strangely enough, the assault turned out to have been planned by the school's headmaster, who was strongly anti-caning. He had decided to give Wildman a taste of his own medicine. Wildman threatened to sue the school, but never did.

You can read more about Wildman and the Horsley Hall incident at corpun.com, which also has lots of info about the strange history of corporal punishment.


Wildman and his canes


The Horsley Hall Incident


The Modesto Bee - Nov 26, 1948

Red Out

The 1948 high school fad of "Red-Out." Certainly one of the stupidest high school fads ever.

What it involved: "Students would kneel, breathe deeply 10 times, close their lips around their thumbs and then blow, without actually exhaling, until they turned red and passed out."

Bonus thrill: students would wake up believing they had been chased by monsters!


Lubbock Evening Journal - Nov 26 - 1948
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 29, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Fads, School, 1940's

Drive Me, Daddy



How refreshingly charming to find a young lady who is also a gearhead.

How To Improve Immigrants’ English

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Languages, Foreign Customs, 1940's, Asia, Europe

The Jake Bird Hex

Jake Bird was a truly creepy character — an axe-murderer who may have killed as many as 46 people. But even after he was caught in 1947 and sentenced to death, he's said to have continued killing people by putting the "Jake Bird hex" on them. Six people associated with the trial were said to have succumbed to his hex.

From Wikipedia:

After his conviction was announced, Bird was allowed to make a final statement. He spoke for 20 minutes, noting that his request to represent himself had been denied and that his own lawyers were against him.
Bird then said, “I’m putting the Jake Bird hex on all of you who had anything to do with my being punished. Mark my words you will die before I do.” Allegedly, six people connected with the trial died: Judge Edward D. Hodge of a heart attack within a month of sentencing him to death, as did one of the officers who took his first confession. A police officer who took a second confession died, as did the court’s chief clerk, and one of Bird's prison guards. J.W. Selden, one of Bird’s lawyers, died on the first anniversary of his sentencing.


Modesto Bee - Nov 27, 1948
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Scary Criminals, 1940's
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