What horrid crime did this nice little old lady commit? Murder? Embezzlement? Drunken driving?
Answer after the jump.
A reader known as "Pat@firstname.lastname@example.org" recently wrote in with some good info on an old WU topic:
" I have been a fan of Buckminster Fuller's writings for many years and just recently found out that he actually didn't invent the geodesic dome. It was invented by Walther Bauersfeld, a German engineer, some 30 years earlier for use as the first projection planetarium. Fuller did, however, apply for and was granted the U.S. patents. He took it's design and construction further and is credited with popularizing it. We have one in Fairbanks built in 1966 at a site originally called "Alaskaland" which was built to commemorate the centenial of the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. It's called the Gold Dome and now houses an aviation museum. Also, there were many "golf balls" in the state during the Cold War which were used for radar."
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Imagine the streets of a city filled with these lethal machines!
Original story here.
Predictions from 1928 of how women would be dressing in 1978 and beyond, modeled at the "Dream of Fair Women" charity ball. From the San Antonio Light
- May 6, 1928:
"It is taken for granted that the honeymoons of that period will be spent in airplanes, and Mrs. Campbell's outfit is distinctly designed for aviation."
"Miss Faith Celli, of London, wore her conception of what the nun of 1980 will wear. It is immediately recognizable as a convent garb, but shown unmistakably the influence of Reinhardt's "The Miracle," particularly in the tall headgear and collar forming plane formation. Several clergymen who saw the costume pronounced it an ideal one, expressing splendidly the simplicity and seclusion of life in a convent of the future."
"It seems to be the more or less general opinion of the women who participate in the ball that the women of the future will go in less and less for skirts. Mrs. Donald Armstrong Jones appeared in a charming walking suit consisting of loose jacket of soft, clinging material, and breeches marking a complete departure from the present day 'plus-fours.'"
I sure wish I could get a ouija board to do all my writing for me!
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From the Daily Kennebec Journal
- Aug 23, 1928:
Remarkable confidence in the future ability of the German nation to redeem at "a reasonable price" all outstanding German paper marks issued during the World War is found in one of the clauses of the will of a wealthy out-of-State man whose death occurred recently and whose will has been filed with Assistant Attorney General Philip D. Stubbs for the assessment of the Maine inheritance tax on the shares of the Maine corporations in the estate. The will was drawn in June of 1926.
The deceased left an estate of approximately $800,000, aside from one hundred and forty-three trillion German marks which had cost him about $6,000. The will is unique in the fact that the executor is directed to hold these marks until such time as they shall be redeemed rather than to appraise them as practically worthless.
The following clause in the will covers this point:
"In the belief that the German people will ultimately require redemption of all outstanding German paper marks issued during the World War of 1914-1918 at a reasonable price, I direct my said executor and trustee to continue to hold the German paper marks of such issue as may belong to me at the time of my death (amounting to about one hundred and forty-three trillion marks according to the American method of reckoning) until such marks can be sold at about the cost thereof to me, namely about $6000."
Although the article says the trillions of marks were acquired during World War I, that must be wrong. The period of German hyperinflation
occurred from 1921-1924.
Shown is Helen G. Sweeney who won the title of Miss Washington D.C. back in 1924. But she also served, more specifically, as Miss Treasury Department.
Apparently young women were chosen to represent all the various offices of the federal government. So in addition to Miss Treasury Department there was:
- Miss Bureau of Standards (Betty Grace Tucker)
- Miss Veterans Bureau (Elsie L. Schulze)
- Miss Commerce (Estelle Meisenheimer)
- Miss Navy (Etelka Kearney)
- Miss State Department (Adeline Shuler)
- Miss Post Office (Ellen S. Waller)
- Miss Department of Justice (Helen T. Gallagher)
- Miss Civil Service (Irma Beaver)
- Miss Labor (Margaret McKinley)
- Miss Bureau of Engraving (Elizabeth Thompson)
- Miss War Department (Pearl B. Henry)
- Miss Government Printing Office (Evelen M. Smith)
- Miss Agriculture (Jewell Sager)
- Miss Interior (Minnie Jean)
- Miss Federation (Margaret M. Mattare)
- Miss Interstate Commerce (Sarah M. Boyle)
- Miss U.S. Employee's Compensation Commission (Edith S. Webb)
Source: The Washington Post
, Dec. 1, 1924