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1910's

April 23, 2016

The Lafargue Retirement Plan

November 1911: Paul and Laura Lafargue were found dead in their home in Draveil, just outside of Paris. They had committed suicide by injecting poison. Laura was the daughter of Karl Marx. She was 66, and Paul was 69.

It turned out that their suicide was the result of a ten-year plan. Or, at least, that's the story that circulated around. Ten years before, they had decided that they could either live ten years very well, or longer with more financial uncertainty. They opted for Plan A. So they mortgaged the house and divided up all they had into 10 equal parts and spent one part each year. When they had nothing left, they both took poison and checked out.

The Indianapolis Star - Jan 7, 1912

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 23, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Suicide, 1910's

April 3, 2016

Sexy Lingerie

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 03, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Underwear, 1910's, Women

February 17, 2016

American Hippo Farming

Over at About.com I posted an article about H.R. 23261 — a bill introduced in Congress in 1910 by a representative from Louisiana. It would have created a hippo meat industry in America by transporting hundreds of hippos from Africa to the marshes along the Gulf Coast. Obviously never got passed, though it had a lot of supporters. One of those things that make you think about what might have been...

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 17, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: 1910's

February 14, 2016

The Wyld Home for Errant Women

When George Albert Wyld of Australia died on January 23, 1911, his will instructed that his estate should be left to his children, but when they had all died it should then be applied to:

"the maintenance of a maternity home to be known as the Wyld Home, and to be available to the extent of its means to young women who have erred for the first time, but under no circumstances for the second occasion."

Wyld's children all passed away by 1949, at which time the executors of his estate applied the remaining money to an "institution superintended by Miss Cocks" adjoining the Methodist Home for Girls at Brighton.

Wyld had five children, but had never married any of their mothers. This probably had something to do with his unusual bequest.

Barrier Miner - Sep 15, 1911



The Adelaide Advertiser - Mar 18, 1949

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 14, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Law, 1910's

January 2, 2016

Hoped brain would prove his innocence

1913: Charles Gilbert, imprisoned for 48 years for the murder of a bounty officer, was so determined to prove his innocence that he requested that his brain be examined after his death — believing that "the investigation would corroborate his claim of innocence by revealing that such a brain as his could not have conceived or exercised the Caldwell murder."

Scientists at Yale Medical School complied with his wish and examined his brain. However, I've not yet been able to find any report of their findings.


Sources: Leavenworth Times (Oct 18, 1913); Lincoln Star (Oct 14, 1913)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 02, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, 1910's, Brain

December 26, 2015

Murdered by Human Wolves

In Oklahoma's Konawa Memorial Cemetery stands the gravestone of Katherine Cross (Mar. 13, 1899 - Oct. 10, 1917), which bears the mysterious epitaph, "Murdered by human wolves."



Image source: Find A Grave



This has generated all sorts of local legends, and it's also inspired a novella by Steven Wedel, Murdered by Human Wolves (The Werewolf Saga).



The most likely explanation is that she died as a result of a botched abortion operation, and that the mysterious phrase was meant to be metaphorical. But still, cool epitaph!

More info: wikipedia, 405 magazine

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 26, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, 1910's

December 24, 2015

Buchstein’s Vulcanized Fiber Limb

It's "soothing to your stump."

Popular Mechanics - Dec 1917




via Bifurcated Rivets

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 24, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Advertising, 1910's

December 12, 2015

Paleo Diet of 1916

The idea that we'd all be healthier if we lived and ate like the cave man did has been around a long time. It long predates the current "paleo diet" trend.

For instance, back in 1916, the makers of Nujol wanted everyone to believe that if you pooped a lot, like the cave man did, you'd be a model of health. Nujol was basically raw petroleum, which is why it was sold by the Standard Oil company. It's name meant "New Oil." Read more of Nujol's history here.

Source: Oregon Daily Journal - Sep 21, 1916



Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 12, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Medicine, 1910's

December 7, 2015

Parachute Hat

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 07, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Air Travel and Airlines, 1910's

December 1, 2015

Captain Tick-Mouse

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Original images here.

I am not sure having a rat-like figure as your patriotic icon is the best choice of imagery.

Here is a little background on the character, from this source.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 01, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Politics, Propaganda, Thought Control and Brainwashing, War, 1910's

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