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1910's

The Clover Club

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Original ad here.

Isn't this the exact ad that pimps today use to trick women into becoming "escorts" on Craigslist?

What exactly was the purpose of the Clover Club? Answer after the jump.


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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Magazines, Sexuality, 1910's

Orange Is the Old Black

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To investigate the conditions in the New York State prison system for women circa 1916, socialist reformer Madeleine Zabriskie Doty arranges to have herself incarcerated, masquerading as a real criminal, under the name "Maggie Martin."

Read her experiences here, in SOCIETY'S MISFITS.

Kaiser Wilhelm Toilet Paper

I knew that it's popular to put politician's faces on toilet paper (for instance, Amazon sells Obama toilet paper as well as Mitt Romney toilet paper), but I didn't realize that these kind of novelty products were being sold even back in World War I. [via Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 11, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

Unique Auto Horn

Walter George Newman definitely sounds like he was a bit of a character. I like the idea of having a guy blowing on a trumpet instead of a horn.


The New York Times - Aug 17, 1910

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 12, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, 1910's, Cars

Otto Witte, the King of Albania

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Wikipedia article here. Click text below in first article to enlarge.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 28, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Eccentrics, 1910's, Europe

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
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