Category:
Body

EARrings

Created by artist Nadja Buttendorf. She says "price on request," so I guess they are for sale.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 16, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Jewelry

Nullo Deodorant

Still available today.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 02, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Body, Hygiene, 1950s

Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, Dancers?



Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are so jealous!

They had a recent naked performance in NYC.

Link is to safe-for-work NEW YORK TIMES coverage.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 15, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde, Dance

Blew Nose, Eye Fell Out

In September 1942, a young miner, Ronald Cutler, had finished his shift, so he blew his nose to get the coal dust out. His eye fell out onto his cheek. A superintendent was able to pop it back in, and Cutler appeared "little the worse for the occurrence."

News of the World - Sep 20, 1942

Kingston Daily Freeman - Oct 29, 1942



In April 1899, a similar case was reported in the Southern California Practitioner (which in turn got the story from a German-language paper, the Illinois Staatz Zitung). A glass blower blew his nose violently, and his right eyeball came out of its socket. A colleague was able to put it back in, but on the way to the doctor's office the same thing happened again... and then a third time at the doctor's office.


There's an old legend that if you sneeze with your eyes open, your eyeballs will come out. Mythbusters says that's not true, noting, "although a sneeze can erupt from your nose at an explosive 200 miles per hour, it can't transfer this pressure into your eye sockets to dethrone your eyeballs. Plus, there's no muscle directly behind the eye to violently contract and push the orbs outward."

How then do we explain these odd cases of eyeballs coming out when people blow their nose?

Update: I just found a third case of eyeball dislocation following nose blowing, reported by Dr. John Tyler of Kansas City in 1888. His patient, upon waking in the morning, "felt the need of a good, hard blow, and said he really was making an extra effort, when to his horror and amazement he felt his left eye pop right out between the lids, and stick!" His wife popped the eye back in, and the man suffered no apparent damage from the incident.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Eyes and Vision, Health

The Tubby Hubby Diet



Original ad here.



Original ad here.

I just cannot believe the arrogant sexism and objectifying behavior of Josephine Lowman! I feel cheap and soiled, on behalf of all tubby hubbies.

LATE ADDITION TO THE POST: I could not resist adding this new term I just thought of: "schlub-shaming."

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 01, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Dieting and Weight Loss, Public Humiliation, 1950s

The Frozen Woman

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Original article here.

Alas, two years after the coverage above, she was gone.

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 17, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Human Marvels, Medicine, Nature, 1950s, Alcohol

Contortionist Extraordinaire


Sophie Dossi is an amazingly talented young lady! She has a great sense of showmanship as well.

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 09, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Performance Art

Go Topless Day:  August 28, 2016



Needless to say, bare chestal areas of XX-chromosome carriers in video and at homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 28, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No's, Holidays, Parades and Festivals

Chinese Fingernail Reading



I had been unaware until now that Chinese Palmistry interpreted one's fingernails as well.

A modern guide is here.


But I rather like these interpretations from 1905.


Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 09, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Superstition, 1900s, Asia

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