Category:
Animals

President Truman and the Albino Kangaroo



Source.

The animal was spoken of at a press conference.



Source.

But according to LIFE, it came with a name.



Source.

BTW: what was meant by Truman being good at naming dinosaurs? I think this is the answer:



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 20, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, 1950s, Australia, North America

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear

Back in 1921, the chemist Arthur D. Little took it upon himself to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Or rather, he figured out a way to produce a silk-like thread out of sows' ears and wove a purse from this.

Actually, he made two purses. The Smithsonian has one of them. MIT now has the other. (Little was an MIT grad).

The picture of the purse (below) looks nothing like the illustration of it. I wonder what happened. Did the dye fade, or something?

More info: MIT Museum, MIT Library







Pittsburgh Press - Dec 28, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 19, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Science, 1920s

Buster, the Roller-Skating Rooster

He ice-skated also!

Davenport Daily Times - Aug 20, 1952



Baltimore Sun - Oct 12, 1952



Newark Advocate - Aug 21, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 17, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Sports, 1950s

Chicken Diapers

Julie Baker, owner of Pampered Poultry, is cashing in on the recent fad for keeping chickens as pets. She's selling 500 to 1000 "chicken diapers" every month, for $18 a piece. More info at The Outline:

In wealthy cities like San Francisco, chickens have even become an unlikely status symbol, with poultry owners going to unimaginable lengths to care for their pets. As The Washington Post reported in March, certain chicken owners have hired “chicken whisperers” to consult on their pets’ comfort (to the tune of $225 per hour).



(Thanks to Gerald Sacks for the link!)

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Farming, Fashion, Excrement

Why a Monkey on the Leinster Coat of Arms?



"The coat of arms of the Dukes of Leinster derives from the legend that John FitzGerald, 1st Earl of Kildare, as a baby in Woodstock Castle, was trapped in a fire when a pet monkey rescued him. The FitzGeralds then adopted a monkey as their crest (and later supporters) and occasionally use the additional motto Non immemor beneficii (Not forgetful of a helping hand)."

The Wikipedia page.



Article source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Royalty, Eighteenth Century

Eddie the Elegant Elephant



The elephant was brought to Marshall Fields in Chicago as a publicity stunt. She was to rubber stamp copies of a new children's book called THE ELEGANT ELEPHANT. Unfortunately, the elephant did not want to get back on the elevator to leave the building after the book signing. They were forced to build a ramp to the third floor for the elephant to walk down to leave Marshall Field's.


Read the story at much greater length, with many pix, here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 15, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Advertising, Retailing, Books, 1940s

Mirabelle Muller, Thirteen-Year-Old Lady Godiva

I suppose this is somewhat in our line of "Oddball Beauty Queens."



Mirabelle Muller, the 13 year old schoolgirl, rode on a white horse as 'Lady Godiva' in the Carnival Fete procession at Teddington, Middlesex. Mirabelle was asked to leave her convent school after she had been chosen as Godiva.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Public Indecency, 1930s

Frances DuBay





"Frances DuBay (and her Educated Stallion) Vintage 50’s-era publicity still promoting a ‘Broadway Roadshow Productions’ film recording of her: 'LADY GODIVA' act. The horse was a mare named 'Melody Lady', and disrobed her during a strip routine; as well as performing a variety of 32 other tricks."

Apparently she ended up in court in LA in 1951, but I can learn no more than that.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 08, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1950s

The Pigkeeper’s Daughter



Generally SFW.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Exploitation and Grindhouse, 1970s

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