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A Community of Respectful Pals



Dear WU-vies:

Alex and I have just taken a step which I do not believe we have ever needed to take before in the long history of WEIRD UNIVERSE. We deleted someone's comment because it was nasty, rude, hostile and generally boorish. (And may I also say that the suffering longtime member of the community, the commenter to whom the insults were addressed, reacted with restraint, dignity, calm and a noble nature.)

Let me take this unfortunate occasion to remind everyone that WU has always been a landmark of collegiality and friendliness and acceptance, albeit happily flavored with irony, black humor and appreciation for the world's incredible stupidity. Especially in comparison to much of the internet, WU remains a happy place. Let's try to keep it that way.

Thanks, as always, for your attention, support and understanding.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 22, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Weird Universe, Comments

Salad Beauty Treatment

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 06, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1960s, Europe

Miss Geico

Am I alone in this, or does Miss Geico appear to be one of the hideous sea-folk who live off the coast of Lovecraft's Innsmouth, and conspire to interbreed with humans, producing hybrid abominations?




Home page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 04, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Horror, Motor Vehicles, Fictional Monsters

Cavalcade of Jazz Beauty Pageant

There is very little historical information about the annual "Cavalcade of Jazz" festival held in Los Angeles at Wrigley Field. Surprising, in light of lots of appearances by big-name artists.

But one thing is certain: they also held a beauty contest.







Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 05, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Music, 1940s, 1950s

Messy Girls Gift Book





With Xmas just around the bend, the search for presents intensifies. Who wouldn't like a book of photos of women covered in foodstuffs?

More pix here at eBay for as long as the auction is up.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 21, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Food, Hygiene, Misbehavior, Rebellion, Acting-out and General Naughtiness, Photography and Photographers, Fetishes, Women, Body Painting

Shadowgraph measures beauty

It's interesting that they always have the contestants stand at a slight angle. You'd think it would be easier to have them stand facing the shadowgraph, in order to standardize the measurements.

Minneapolis Star - July 25, 1939





Chicago Tribune - July 24, 1939



Bristol Daily Courier - July 27, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 1930s

Prettiest Waitress and Most Handsome Bellboy Contest

This item in our "Odd Beauty Contest Files" appears to represent a one-time-only competition, held as part of the famed 1939 World's Fair.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1930s

Beauty Mask

March 1940 — At the International Beauty Shop Owners' show in New York City, Ruth Scott modeled a mask to heat the face and tone up the skin. The scratchers on her fingers were brass thimbles to protect nail polish until it dried.

Newsweek - Mar 25, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 09, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Costumes and Masks, 1940s

Miss Beverly Hills 1960

In our continuing annals of oddball beauty contests, this 1948 event must qualify as exceptional.




Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 12, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Children, 1940s

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