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.
1) Multiple limbs.
2) Insect antennae.
3) Called a "jitterBUG."
4) Dog's head.
One of these things does not belong.
Original image here.
More patented boredom for your snooze-inducement.
The thrilling, incomprehensible, unnerving history of tabletop soccer.
Home page of Subbuteo.
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.
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.
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.
A pelican garbed in Colonial clothes with lettering on its pouch is not the intuitive choice for a booze mascot.
Original ad here.
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.
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