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1940's

Camp Siegfried



I always wonder, when watching vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s, about the preoccupation with Nazi spies and sympathizers in the USA. How justified were such fears? Pretty well justified, I guess, based on the video above, and this article.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, 1930's, 1940's, North America

Cartoon Insect with Dog’s Head

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1) Multiple limbs.

2) Insect antennae.

3) Called a "jitterBUG."

4) Dog's head.

One of these things does not belong.

Original image here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 11, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Comics, Surrealism, 1940's, Fictional Monsters

Bookkeeping and You



More patented boredom for your snooze-inducement.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 10, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Boredom, Teenagers, Documentaries, 1940's

Can You Flick It? A Subbuteo Story



The thrilling, incomprehensible, unnerving history of tabletop soccer.

Home page of Subbuteo.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Games, 1940's, Europe

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
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