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1920's

Killed by falling tombstone

People who manage to get killed while digging graves for others seems to be a recurring theme in weird news. Here's an example from 1925:


Source: The Ottawa Journal - Feb 21, 1925
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jun 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, 1920's

Chief Os-ko-mon, Broadway Star

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Can we really believe that the Broadway producer behind the HITCHY-KOO REVUE really enlisted an actual Native American into his troupe? Or that the Chief later appeared in another variety show?

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And yet the noble Chief Os-ko-mon seems to have actually recorded a record or two. And in this essay, he is deemed a member of the Yakima tribe.

I toss out the question of his legitimacy to all WU-vies. Should he not be recorded as an early stalwart of Native American achievements, Broadway-style?



Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: 1920's, Actors, Native Americans

Doing the Charleston

1927: 10-year-old Mildred Unger dances the Charleston on the wing of an airplane, while it's flying in the air.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 01, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Air Travel and Airlines, 1920's, Dance

Mystery Gadget 26

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What's it do? The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1920's

Pajamas as Streetwear:  1929

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These kids in 2015, wearing pj's to class!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 02, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Fashion, 1920's, South America

Imperishable Burial Robes

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Alex gave us green burials--here's the opposite! Keep your corpse looking fresh, stylish and whole!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Death, Fashion, Body Fluids, 1920's

Violet Rays

Good thing they clarified that this was NOT a vibrator. Otherwise someone might have gotten hurt.


Source: Illustrated World, March 1920.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 18, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, 1920's

Losing 103 lbs to Music!

Mrs. Derby suffered from a "mountainous burden of flesh," but when the music started to play, the pounds just melted away.


Source: The Ladies Home Journal, Nov. 1922
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 14, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1920's

Baby Cage

Problem: It's hard to travel with a baby.

Solution: build a portable cage to carry your kid in. I wonder if the TSA would approve of these. Source: Illustrated World (Mar 1920).


Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Babies, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, 1920's

Stockings for Camels

In the early 1960s, Alan Abel ran a long-running hoax involving an organization (The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) whose members wanted to put clothes on all the naked animals in the world. So I was amused to discover there was a similar, but non-hoax, campaign back in 1926. The "philanthropic Englishwoman" Mrs. F.K. Hosall spearheaded an effort to get women to donate their old stockings so they could be worn by the donkeys and camels of north Africa. However, it wasn't exactly similar, because it sounds like Mrs. Hosall had a sensible reason to put stockings on the camels — to prevent fly bites.

Source: The Alamance Gleaner (Graham, N.C.) - Feb 11, 1926.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Fashion, 1920's
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