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1920's

4-way Suicide

"Wearied of a life of egg frying," the unfortunate Jim Smith decided to end it all. But despite trying to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously, his plan didn't succeed.

I'm skeptical that this ever happened. It sounds like the kind of thing reporters used to make up to pad newspaper columns. From The Seattle Star - March 24, 1922. (via Weird Shit in Historic Newspapers)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 27, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, 1920's

Mystery Gadget 23

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Take your best guess!

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1920's

John and Mary Newlywed

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In 1925 and 1926, Popular Science featured the antics of "John and Mary Newlywed," a young married couple so stupid they did everything wrong around the house. In the instance above from March 1926, John and Mary--despite having perfected anti-gravity as attested to by the unsupported car--are about to blow themselves up and smother themselves with gas fumes.

I regret the Newlyweds did not have a longer run. They would have been the Gallant-less Goofuses of the hobbyist set.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 11, 2014 | Comments (20)
Category: Husbands, Wives, 1920's, Goofs and Screw-ups

Andrew “Bossy” Gillis, Two-Fisted Mayor of Newburyport

As intermittent mayor, he ran Newburyport, MA, from his gas station, and when out of office was not averse to punching the current mayor in the face.

There's a good summary of his antics here.

The kind of authentic politician so lacking today. The article from 1937 below gives some of his flavor.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 04, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Politics, Curmudgeons and Contrarianism, 1920's, 1930's

Wolrd’s First Mobile Phone from 1922

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 07, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Telephones, 1920's

Mystery Gadget 21

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Early fecal transplants? Your best guess, before clicking through to the answer. (Scroll down half a page.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 19, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, 1920's

1920s Anti-Forgery Pen

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To read the text better, visit original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Technology, 1920's

Obsolete Vocations

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 29, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Self-help Schemes, Work and Vocational Training, 1920's

Gay’s Lion Farm



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For almost 20 years, the only commercial lion breeding facility (and tourist attraction) "in the world."

The Wikipedia entry.

Article from 1926.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 26, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Farming, Sightseeing, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's

Mystery Gadget 20

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Taking into account the presence of a wired-up conch shell, please explain what this gadget from the 1920s does.

Answer after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 16, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, 1920's
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