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1940's

Hilton Tupman’s Pedestrian Horn

Los Angeles auto dealer Hilton Tupman wanted to level the playing field between motorists and pedestrians. So he invented a horn that pedestrians could use to honk at motorists. And he made it loud enough to be heard within a 1-mile radius.


Source: Popular Mechanics, May 1948
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: 1940's, Cars

Windmill Car

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Ecowarriors love 1) electric cars and 2) wind turbines. A stroke of genius to combine the two!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 24, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Environmentalism and Ecology, 1940's, Cars

Your Town:  A Story of America



Don't be a "tearer-downer," always causing a "rumpus!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: PSA's, Civic Duties, 1940's

Judy the Dog:  Only Canine POW of WWII

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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

Follies of the Madmen #248



Stops spies from sweating during torture.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 11, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Spies and Intelligence Services, 1940's

Tomorrow:  Television!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 30, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Television, 1940's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Balloon Girl

1947: The entertainment at gunmaker Melvin Johnson's dinner party was a balloon-clad model whom guests (apparently a bunch of old men) shot at with a pellet gun between courses. To the guests' great frustration, the balloons failed to break.


Source: Life - June 30, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Mar 31, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Entertainment, 1940'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

Follies of the Madmen #245

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What was the miracle of "V-line Breez?" Your powerful imagination convincing you that you looked different!

From Esquire for July 1949.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1940's

Nagging as divorce cause

The 1947 case of DeWaal vs. DeWaal established nagging as legitimate grounds for divorce (in Nebraska). I assume this was before the availability of no-fault divorce. (A quick google search reveals that Nebraska only adopted a no-fault divorce law in 1972.)

Note that Mrs. DeWaal argued that her husband was at fault (and not herself) because he went to motion picture theaters and read "sensational magazines."


(left) The Harrisburg Evening News - Oct 28, 1947; (right) The Lincoln Star - Oct 24, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Lawsuits, Husbands, Wives, 1940's
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