Category:
1940s

Please Kill Me

Unsolved after 20 years, and from what I can see, unsolved to the present day.

Source for first clipping: Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri) 11 Nov 1948, Thu Page 4

Source for second clipping: The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas)17 Aug 1968, Sat Page 11







Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 25, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Unsolved Mysteries, 1940s, North America

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 36



"Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst with his sculpture, Capricorn, 1947"

Foto source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 13, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Surrealism, Statues and Monuments, Husbands, Wives, 1940s

The Glamorous Women of the Spruance Rayon Plant

From DuPont's Better Living magazine (Sep/Oct 1949):

they are six of the 800 women employees at Spruance rayon plant.

These Virginia beauties have been photographed in a distinctive style, developed by leading U.S. lensmen to create an aura of glamour about their subjects. Such pictures have helped establish American women as the world's most glamorous...

They bespeak the beauty of Virginia women and qualify the Du Pont girls to rank with Hollywood's and Park Avenue's best as representatives of U.S. glamour.

I'm intrigued by their job titles. What in the world is a "slashing creel operator" or a "throwing operator"?

Some info about the Spruance Rayon Plant: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 12, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, 1940s

Miss Continuous Roller Towel

Or, simply, Miss Continuous Towel. I found both forms of the title used.

The title was conferred upon Trudy Germi of Chicago by the linen supply industry in 1949.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Dec 25, 1949



I'm always curious what becomes of these people who achieve 15 minutes of fame for weird reasons.

In Germi's case, after performing in a production of South Pacific, she married Lt. Carl Seiberlich in 1952. As far as I can tell, this ended her career as a model/actress.

Her husband eventually became Captain of the USS Hornet, which was the ship assigned to recover the Apollo 11 astronauts from the Pacific. I found a photo on a military website of the two of them together, attending a celebration for the recovery of the astronauts. I assume she's the one wearing sunglasses.

She died in 2018.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 27, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1940s

The Airphibian

Flying cars just had a recent moment in THE NEW YORK TIMES. But there have been many predecessors.

We are continuing our streak from yesterday's Amphicar: bi-modal transport!



The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 14, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Kludges, Hacks and Duct-tape Repairs, Air Travel and Airlines, 1940s, Cars

My Honey Chile



"She's got a wooden leg, all stiff at the knee...just a limb from the old apple tree."

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 06, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Music, 1940s, Differently Abled, Handicapped, Challenged, and Otherwise Atypical, Love & Romance

UK Shopping:  1949

Halfway to Christmas!





Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 29 Jun 1949, Wed Page 3

Uncle Holly apparently dates to 1950:



Source.



Info on Ginger Nutt here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 02, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, Retailing, Myths and Fairytales, Cartoons, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, United Kingdom

Field Umbrella

Patent No. 2,320,848 was granted to Hollie Lee Byars of Parrish, Alabama for an umbrella designed to protect people stooped over. She imagined it would be useful for field workers. Although anyone who spent a lot of time hunched over could benefit.

There have been times when I've been weeding my yard that I could have used something like this.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 21, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, 1940s, Weather

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