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1900's

Clysmic Water

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Source of B&W image (in back page advert section).

If this ad were selling bottled elk urine, I'd buy the stuff. Luckily, the product actually sounded beneficial.

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Source of text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Art, Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Regionalism, 1900's

To Prevent Burial Alive


Source: The Western Gazette (Apr 15, 1905)

TO PREVENT BURIAL ALIVE
A LADY'S REMARKABLE REQUEST.

"Pray come immediately: Miss Cobbe seriously ill." A telegraph form bearing this message and addressed to Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, of Gloucester, was always kept upon the desk of the late Miss Frances Power Cobbe.
Miss Cobbe had a dread of being buried alive, and Dr. Hadwen, who arrived after she had passed away, superintended the carrying out of the solemn charge laid upon her medical attendant in her last will and testament.
This charge was "To perform on my body the operation of completely severing the arteries of the neck and windpipe so as to render any revival in the grave absolutely impossible."


Here's the wikipedia entry about the woman in question, though it doesn't mention her postmortem request.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Aug 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, 1900's

The Certainty of a Future Life In Mars

Did you know that when you die, your soul goes to a new life on Mars?

You can read all about it right here.

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Here's what happens when the new soul first arrives.

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Here's a little scholarly perspective.

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Source.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 24, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Religion, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Space Travel, 1900's

Japanese Acrobats

A silent film from 1907 featuring surreal acrobatic maneuvers.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 11, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Video, 1900's

Robbed no one but beggars

From The Washington Post - Oct 29, 1905: The Parisian thief Everard thought he had figured out the perfect crime. He only robbed beggars, and only those who were secretly wealthy — knowing they would be reluctant to report the crime since to do so they'd have to reveal their own fraud.

His strategy went wrong when during one of his robberies he ended up killing two men, thereby making himself wanted for murder.

Sounds like it could be the plot for a movie. Though it makes me wonder how many beggars are there really who are secretly wealthy. Beggars who are working scams by faking injuries, disabilities, etc? Definitely. But ones who are squirreling away millions? I always assumed that was a bit of an urban legend. Not that I'm an expert on beggars, however.


Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 13, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, 1900's

Little Nemo in Slumberland

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Surely one of the most enjoyably odd of the classic newspaper comic strips was Winsor McCay's famous LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND.

Many of the strips are finally available online at this site.

Of course, if you desire glorious hardcopy, there are plenty of books too.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 02, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Surrealism, Children, Books, 1900's, 1910's

Speedy Funeral Service

They get your loved ones in the ground in a third of the time!

From the Washington Post - Apr 21, 1907.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Oct 27, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1900's

Saving Money for the Weak of Willpower

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I like this idea a lot. Why doesn't any bank offer such a plan today?

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Original ads here (scroll down).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 19, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Money, Psychology, 1900's

Detect Dangers Before They Happen!

MCP from dath - Tobias Haase on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 06, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, History, Humor, 1900's, Cars

The effect of diet on the face

"The action of certain foods in influencing the formation of the features has been watched, with highly interesting results. The growth of the chin has been discovered to bear a very striking relation to the amount of starch consumed, and particularly when the starch takes certain forms or is combined with other properties....

It has been shown, and seemingly conclusively, that a flesh or greatly mixed diet promotes angularity in the face generally, while the nourishment obtained from a single article, commonly of a starchy nature, coarsens the features. Thus we have the potato lip, the oatmeal lip, the maize lip."

From Fauconberg, W. (1905). "The effect of diet and climate on the face." The Strand Magazine: 418-423.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 29, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Food, Science, 1900's
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