In 1904, this young lady was dismissed as "demented." Today she might be recognized as a great performance artist.
Quietly entering the offices of various city officials this morning, a young lady about twenty-five years of age, neatly and attractively gowned in green, opened a paper bag of dried peas, threw a handful on the floor and left after making the statement, "Peas mean something." Later she went to the court house and repeated the act in the offices of Clerk of Courts Fred Badger and Sheriff M.J. Rounds.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern - Apr 12, 1904
From 1909. Can't find much info about this other than the ad itself, so hard to know if it actually had radium in it, or if they were just using the word because it was the buzzword of the day.
via University of Washington Libraries
This seems to me to be a fine Xmas joke easily duplicated today. Pick your victim!
Original article here.
There aren't many famous moose, except for Bullwinkle who doesn't count because he's fictional. So because Stolta achieved some fame in Sweden, that might make her the most famous moose in the world!
After her mother was accidentally killed by a train (circa 1900), Stolta was adopted by a lineman and raised like a tame horse. She pulled carts and sleds, including sleds carrying tourists. And in 1907 her fame was forever secured when she won a harness race against trained horses over an ice-covered lake. Some more info and pictures of Stolta at Nordic Thoughts
Plagues have always been with us. Here's an instance from 1905.
What was this exotic mystery germ? The answer is here.
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Original article here.
About a year ago I posted about a wedding at which the bridegroom dropped dead of a heart attack
right after saying "I do." I thought that had to qualify as one of the worst weddings ever, but this one is pretty bad also. As reported in the Chicago Tribune
- Sep 21, 1907.
The pagan worship of giant beer bottles. Ad from 1907. [via the Rainier beer collection at flickriver.com
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.
Source of text.
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.