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1910's

Early Brain Surgery

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Given the state of medical science in 1911, this purported good result seems like sheer luck!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Surgery, 1910's, Brain

Emily Davison, Least Intelligent Protestor Ever?



Does suffragette Emily Davison qualify for the title I've given her? The incident is shown in the video starting a bit before the six-minute mark.

She is best known for stepping in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913, sustaining injuries that resulted in her death four days later....

Modern historians agree that Davison was trying to disturb the Derby in order to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide,[3][4] and 2013 analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the bridle of the King's horse. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that her position before she stepped out onto the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out in a haphazard way to kill herself.

Mike Gilhooley, Champ Stowaway

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It's one thing to repeatedly slip across the Mexico-USA border. Dangerous, but in wide-open spaces. It's quite another to stowaway five times across the Atlantic on a confined ship. (Of course, stowing away in a jetliner's wheel well is another matter entirely.)

Original article here.

Little Mike found a sponsor for his immigrant desires, but eventually wore out his welcome.


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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 22, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Emigrants, Immigrants and Borders, Travel, Teenagers, 1910's

The Bullet Knife

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Don't bring a bullet-knife to a gun fight. Or a knife fight. Or to any fight, really. It's just plain dumb.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 19, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: 1910's, Weapons

Life in America:  1915









Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Customs, 1910's, North America

No Touch Tango

From The Fort Wayne Sentinel - Jan 24, 1914:


New York, Jan 24 — Because she didn't like the tango, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish hired its most noted exponents, the Castles, to invent a denaturized form of this dance. She calls it the "Innovation." The dancers take position 12 inches away from each other, look into each other's eyes, but never touch each other during the dance. Her guests on whom it was sprung were NOT madly crazy about it.

I found a picture on wikipedia of Vernon and Irene Castle demonstrating what appears to be this No Touch Tango developed by them at Mrs. Fish's request:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: 1910's, Dance

Follies of the Madmen #215



Does anyone under the age of fifty even know who Felix the Cat is anymore? Having a character born in 1919 as your "hip" cartoon representative seems a somewhat dubious move to me. And Felix is only onscreen for like a millisecond.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Cats, 1910's

Weird 1915 Kite

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What was this home handyman in Popular Mechanics smoking?

Original plans here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 21, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Recreation, Toys, Surrealism, Children, 1910's, Face and Facial Expressions, Fictional Monsters

Clean-O-Pore

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

Read the fascinating history of this device, plus others of the "vacuum suction" mode, at this site.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 04, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

Why the poor are happier than the rich


From the Washington Post - April 30, 1916.

The gist of the article is summed up in the first paragraph:

The poor do not have to worry about what they are going to wear or where they will spend the summer or winter. They have good appetites and enjoy their food when they get it. They lead hard lives and so grow strong and healthy and do not have dyspepsia. They do not have to buy a burial cloth or order a mausoleum. As they have no money to leave, no one is anxious to see them die.

As far as I can tell, the Duke of Manchester (William Montagu), wrote this without a hint of irony or sarcasm. He seemed to genuinely believe that being born rich was a great burden. So it's interesting that he did his best to relieve himself of his riches and become poor. From wikipedia:

Manchester was a notorious spendthrift, and as a result of the excessive spending of both him and the prior two Dukes, the family's fortune (already low) was completely exhausted, culminating in the sale of the family's lands during the tenure of the tenth Duke. He spent much of his life abroad, evading creditors, seeking out wealthy consorts, and attempting to extract money from wealthy acquaintances. He is perhaps most well known in America from the leading case of Hamilton v. Drogo, 150 N.E. 496 (N.Y. 1926), which concerned the establishment of a spendthrift trust for the benefit of the young Duke.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Money, 1910's
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