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1920's

Follies of the Madmen #237

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Radio, 1920's, Bodybuilding

I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop



Man so hungry he experiences auditory hallucinations.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Music, 1920's, Stomach

Natural Body Brace

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Unnatural is more like it!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 07, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Injuries, Inventions, 1920's

Miss Chicken Feathers

A gold watch is actually a pretty nice prize for having hair most like that of a chicken's feathers.


Source: Milwaukee Journal - Jan 16, 1924
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 28, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: 1920's

Maine man counts one million peas to win bet of $2.50

Life moved at a slower pace in Meddybemps, Maine back in 1922. Probably still does. According to Wikipedia, the 2010 census listed Meddybemps as having a population of only 157.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Boredom, 1920's

Dr. Bouchaud’s Flesh-Reducing Soap

"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr. Anton Phibes?


From The Australian Home Journal, June 1926 [via Vintage Ads]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 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
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