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Your Life Work:  The Librarian



"Are books your friends?"

I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 18, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Education, Books, 1940's

Death by Parrot

It sounds like the parrot had it in for Mrs. Fannie Stewart. Source: Los Angeles Times, Sep 25, 1947.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Death, 1940's

John Braund and His Cure for Cancer



Link to newspaper article of the era.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 02, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Medicine, 1940's, South Pacific

Tsunami Bomb

Back in 1947, there was a lot of speculation in the press about a new secret weapon that was supposed to be as "awesome in its effects as the atomic bomb." Turns out the weapon that was the source of the rumors was the Tsunami Bomb -- a device for creating artificial tsunamis to wipe out enemy forces on land.


The Mexico Ledger (Mexico, Missouri) - June 16, 1947

Wikipedia has a brief article about the Tsunami Bomb, but otherwise there's not a lot of info about it online.

Other mad WWII weapons projects posted about here on WU include the Bat Bomb and the Volcano Bomb.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Aug 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: 1940's, Weapons

Sea of Grass Land Company

Back in 1947, MGM gave away one-acre plots of land located in Valencia County, New Mexico to 689 different movie critics, editors, and publishers throughout the country. It was a publicity stunt to promote the movie The Sea of Grass, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and directed by Elia Kazan.

Of course, the land was barren desert, running alongside a Santa Fe railway line. So it wasn't worth much.

But I wonder what's become of those one-acre plots today. Have they risen in value? Did any of the recipients hold onto the land, paying the taxes year after year, and passing it on to their heirs?

As for the movie, director Elia Kazan said in his autobiograpy, "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 16, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Publicity Stunts, 1940's

Pop Carter

This is Otto "Pop" Carter, 90 years old, in 1947. He was known as "America's oldest and best-known roller skater." At his advanced age, he had been a professional roller skater for 82 years. But even after this he kept on going for quite a while. According to his listing on IMDB, "At age 104, participated in the Southwest Pacific Roller Skating Championships and the Rollerama Show in 1960."

I don't know when he died. Perhaps he's still alive.


Source: Newsweek - July 28, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Sports, 1940's

Simplex Typewriter



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Original ad here.

From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Toys, Comics, 1940's, Nineteenth Century

Doomsday for Pests



Spray that DDT everywhere!

Aren't you a little sad for all those cartoon bugs?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 12, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Disasters, Insects, Nature, 1940's

Flameproof Playsuits

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Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?

Original ad here. (Page 23.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Fashion, Comics, Children, 1940's

Jeez!  The Kid’s Got a Real Gun!

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What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?

Original ad here. (On page 35.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 24, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death, Toys, Comics, 1940's
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