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Rolling Pin Throwing Contest, 1928

Providing the proper motivation:

"The target of the rolling pin is a life-size dummy of a husband and the contestants are 30 women trained by Miss Ann Beggs of the home economics department of the university."

The Salem News (Salem, Ohio) - Aug 17, 1928



Winners of a 1932 rolling pin contest (via NCSU Libraries):

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 29, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Sports, Husbands, 1920's

Cattle Delivery Via Motorcycle

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I really wish this practice had caught on, for I would be delighted to be driving down a highway and see such a sight.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 28, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Farming, Inventions, 1920's, Motorcycles

Tests theory that he cannot die

Having recently got religion, and consequently filled with the fire of faith, young Albert Strate decided that "God would not let him die." So he took strychnine to test the theory. The coroner pronounced it suicide. Give Albert a Darwin Award.

Source: Lincoln Evening Journal - Apr 19, 1926


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Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 15, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Death, 1920's

Mystery Gadget 30

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I've deliberately blotted out the product name here, so you can't google the device. After you register your guess, visit here for the answer
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 14, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Technology, 1920's

The Bible Diet

The spiritual nourishment was too rich for this boy's system.

Source: Florence Morning News - Jan 9, 1926.


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Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Food, Religion, Books, 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
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