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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

Jet-Propelled Papa



Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 09, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Technology, Science Fiction, 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
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