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Love & Romance

Jane’s skin didn’t pass the love test

Jane didn't use Lux Toilet Soap. So she was doomed to be forever alone.

Previously posted: Lux ads about "undie odor" and gossiping underwear. During the 1930s and 40s, Lux Soap specialized in ads designed to terrify women into buying its products.

San Francisco Examiner - June 18, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 07, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1930s, Love & Romance

Josiah Oldfield, the Fruitarian Hospital and Kissing

Fruitarianism is a kind of vegetarian practice which today seems very strict. But 100 years ago, when Josiah Oldfield practiced it, there was more variety allowed in the diet.

Oldfield advocated for fruitarianism, putting him at odds with the Vegetarian Society.[16] He was a member of the Fruitarian Society, whose members lived on "the produce of harvest field, garden, forest and orchard, with milk, butter, cheese, eggs and honey".[6] His own "fruitarianism" was close to ovo-lacto vegetarianism. He was not a vegan: he recommended a daily diet of dandelion leaves, eggs, grapes, honey, lettuce, milk, salad, and watercress.


In any case, Oldfield founded several hospitals whose healing methods involved this diet. See the video below for more details. I have no idea of their success rate.

However, he found time to theorize about other things besides diet, such as the art of kissing. I apologize for the illegibility of the snapshot. Here's a sample or two of the text.





Newpaper source: Omaha Sunday Bee-News (Omaha, Nebraska) 30 Aug 1931, Sun Page 41





Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 01, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Hospitals, Hygiene, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Love & Romance

Courting Stick

The 'courting stick' was a device that allowed young couples, in puritan New England, to talk in private while being chaperoned in the family home. More info: New England Folklore

image source: NY Public Library



The Trukese people of Micronesia also had a courting stick (or 'love stick'), though its use differed from the New England version. According to the Smithsonian:

The Trukese allow sexual experimentation among young people, provided it is kept discreet. To arrange for an evening rendezvous, a young man used to insert a 'love stick' through the thatch of the hut where a young girl slept. The girl recognized the suitor by the carving on the stick and then either pushed the stick out to signal 'go away,' wiggled it to indicate 'come back later,' or drew it inside to signify 'come right in.'

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 30, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Love & Romance

Ella Fitzgerald, “Get Thee Behind Me Satan”

This is a very weird song. Is Satan the boyfriend? I'm not sure. Gospel music of course deals with this subject matter all the time, but to the tune of a wistful ballad?






Get Thee Behind Me Satan Lyrics
[Verse 1]
Get thee behind me, Satan
I want to resist
But the moon is low and I can't say "No"
Get thee behind me

Get thee behind me, Satan
I mustn't be kissed
But the moon is low and I may let go
Get thee behind me

[Bridge]
Someone I'm mad about
Is waiting in the night for me
Someone that I mustn't see
Satan, get thee behind me

[Verse 2]
He promised to wait
But I won't appear and he may come here
Satan, he's at my gate
Get thee behind me
Stay where you are, it's too late

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
Satan, get thee behind me
He promised to wait
But I won't appear and he may come here
Satan, he's at my gate
Get thee behind me
Stay where you are, it's too late

[Outro]
It's too late
It's too late

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 07, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Music, Religion, Love & Romance

Widdershins

Many thanks to longtime WU-vie Gerald Sacks for pointing us towards this neat little steampunk cartoon, whose anachronistic future is decidedly weird.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 15, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Science Fiction, Reader Recommendation, Cartoons, Love & Romance

The Tweter, sweater for two

The tweter was a fashion gimmick introduced in 1963. It continued to be sold for about a year before the public lost interest.

Lexington Herald - Nov 1, 1963



Life - Oct 25, 1963



For young women, the tweter apparently posed some challenges. If they agreed to wear it, were they implicitly agreeing to do more than just holding hands? Molly Mayfield thought so.

Tucson Daily Citizen - Dec 5, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 18, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, 1960s, Love & Romance

How to get a teenage boy

"step-by-step stalking strategy"

More info: flashbak.com



Posted By: Alex - Sat May 14, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Teenagers, Books, 1960s, Love & Romance

Dud Leaves Home

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 03, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Children, Cartoons, Dogs, 1910s, Love & Romance

Happy Valentine’s Day 2022!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 14, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Death, Holidays, Hollywood, Magazines, Love & Romance

Flirtation Codes of the early 20th Century

What a chore flirtation must have been back then if you had to memorize all these codes.

Philadelphia Inquirer - Oct 8, 1916

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 16, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Languages, 1910s, Love & Romance

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