Category:
1910s

Urban Daredevil

REYNOLDS, J., PERFORMING ACROBATIC AND BALANCING ACTS ON HIGH CORNICE ABOVE 9TH STREET, N.W






Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 05, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, 1910s

Intestinal Chimney Sweeps

Back in the early twentieth century, the French laxative Jubol ran an ad campaign that featured tiny chimney sweeps climbing up into intestines and scrubbing them out.

It reminds me of that old urban legend about Richard Gere and the gerbils.

Image source: vintage-ads — historical source: Rire - Dec 14, 1918



"Voila le petit ramoneur de l'intestin..." (Here's the little chimney sweep of the intestines)
L'Illustration - June 10, 1916

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 28, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Health, Advertising, 1910s

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish



In this unusually broad comedy for Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays "Coke Ennyday", a cocaine-shooting detective who is a parody of Sherlock Holmes. Ennyday is given to injecting himself from a bandolier of syringes worn across his chest, and liberally helps himself to the contents of a hatbox-sized round container of white powder labeled "COCAINE" on his desk.


Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 24, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Addictions, Detectives, Private Eyes and Other Investigators, Drugs, Humor, Parody, Movies, 1910s

Mystery Illustration 94



What's up here?

Answer at the link.

Or beyond the jump.



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Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 18, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: 1910s

Coca-Cola Naughty Nun Belt Buckle

The Coca-Cola Company released this bronze, cigar-cutting belt buckle as a promotional item for the 1915 Trans-Pan Exposition in San Francisco. This was evidently before the company had begun cultivating its wholesome image.

There must have been quite a few of these buckles created, because you can find a number of them for sale on auction sites (such as here, here, and here). They range in price from $48 to $125.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 14, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Kitsch and Collectibles, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1910s

America at Play

Check out that weird amusement park ride around :45 and onward.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 06, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1910s

The Universal Beauty Trip

There's a great novel or film lurking in this historical incident.

In the summer of 1915, in large part in order to advertise the existence of his newly-established Universal City Studios, Universal Moving Pictures President Carl Laemelle organized a cross-country procession that would culminate in a beauty pageant at Universal City, California (which, like Universal Studios, Laemelle had only founded in March of that year). Comprising "America's Most Beautiful Girls" from each of the forty-eight states, as well as studio representatives including Laemelle himself, the Universal Beauty Trip proceeded by automobile and rail from the East Coast to California, stopping at major cities along the way and at important tourist sites like the Grand Canyon



Read entire article here.







Foto source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 07, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Movies, 1910s

The Radium Wedding

Much more exciting than Platinum.

Article source.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 03, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Anniversary, Husbands, Wives, 1910s

1919 Cartoon “Hamlet”

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 04, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Literature, Cartoons, 1910s

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