Category:
Animals

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

Birds of South Vietnam

It wasn't the subject of this book that made it weird, but instead when it was published: in 1968, at the height of the war in Vietnam. Not a time when a lot of people were going to Vietnam for bird-watching.

The British author, Philip Wildash, didn't even mention the war, except to obliquely refer to it in the first sentence by saying, "Vietnamese ornithology has long been rather neglected."

Amazon link: Birds of South Vietnam.


Minneapolis Star Tribune - Oct 6, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 22, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Hobbies and DIY, War, Books, 1960s

Fearless Fagan

The reality:



Hollywood version:



Wikipedia article on the film.

The LIFE magazine article.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 13, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Movies, Pets, 1950s, Armed Forces

Swallowed a turtle

May 1968: two-year-old Brad Haines somehow managed to swallow a turtle, apparently because it belonged to his sister, whom he was mad at. But then the turtle remained alive in his stomach for quite a while, which worried doctors. Thankfully it did eventually die, and Brad then managed to get rid of it the natural way. So no surgery was required.

Opelousas Daily World - May 30, 1968



Stevens Point Journal - June 4, 1968


Posted By: Alex - Wed May 09, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Food, 1960s

The Chipmunks:  “America the Beautiful”

Is there any other country that will feature such a version of one of its sacred national songs? I thought not. Case for the USA being the greatest nation: closed!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Music, 1960s, North America, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Being a sheep

Artist Miranda Whall spent much of last summer crawling around on her hands and knees through the Cambrian Mountains in Wales, while dressed as a sheep, with 14 cameras strapped to her body.

She did this in order to immerse herself in the mountains and be able to better tell their story for the documentary she was creating. She said, "I wanted to challenge the assumptions and misconceptions about sheep and the Welsh uplands, both of which are central to Wales' heritage and identity."

For her next project, she's thinking of crawling through Scotland as a deer, and then it's off to the Pyrenees to crawl around as a boar or bear.

More info: BBC News

image source: mirandawhall.space

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 24, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Art

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