Category:
1910s

Mouth Gun



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 08, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Chindogu, 1910s, Weapons

Ostrich Carts



Why these never caught on, I couldn't imagine.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 04, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Travel, 1910s

Invention Merit Badge

The Invention Merit Badge has the distinction of being the least-earned boy scout merit badge ever. Only 10 people ever earned it. The primary reason for this being that it required a scout to "invent and patent some useful article," which was a pretty high bar to set. After only three years the scout organization decided it was too much of a challenge and discontinued the badge. So it was only offered from 1911 to 1914. It was eventually replaced in 2010 by an Inventing badge which didn't have the patent requirement.

Enthusiasts of scout history have tried to figure out who the 10 winners of the badge were and what they invented, but so far it seems that only one of the patents has been identified. It was a "uniform coat with a removable false sleeve on which Scouts could sew merit badges and rank badges," patented by Graeme Thomas Smallwood of Washington, D.C.

More info: Scouting Magazine, "History of the Invention Merit Badge" [pdf]



Graeme Smallwood

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 05, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Inventions, 1910s

Mystery Gadget 65



What's this machine do?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 20, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1910s

Life preserver suitcase

Just imagine if everyone on the Titanic had had one of these! (I'm guessing it must have been inspired by that disaster).



The Kiowa Journal - Oct 7, 1915



Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Boats, Inventions, Travel, 1910s

Boy-Scout Cigarettes

On sale early in the twentieth century. The story is that they were definitely NOT endorsed by the Boy Scouts. Eventually the Scouts got legislation passed making it illegal for companies to use their name.



Boys' Life - Aug 1917



Winfield Daily Free Press - Nov 7, 1917

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 02, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Smoking and Tobacco, 1910s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 14



Wood Gaylor, "Rites of Spring"

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 29, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, 1910s, Russia

Hat Guard

Back in the day when the theft of hats from hatracks was an ongoing problem, Frank P. Snow of Los Angeles patented this invention designed to inflict pain on any would-be hat thieves.

A thief could take the hat, but if he tried to put it on, a "guarding prong" would jab into his skull. The prong locked in place and could only be moved if you knew the code to the combination lock.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office - June 2, 1914

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 14, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Headgear, 1910s

Follies of the Madmen #367



Godzilla-sized soap bar terrorizes city.

Original ad here (page 258).

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1910s

Conversation Hose

Sending messages via hosiery.

This was like the 1910's equivalent of social media.

Harrisburg Telegraph - Feb 19, 1916

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 18, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1910s

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