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Mystery Illustration 27



Which regional magazine of the fifty states decided this would be a good way to illustrate the pleasures of summer?

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 11, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Magazines, Regionalism, Sex Symbols, Junk Food, 1970s

Hitler Is Alive!

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In its heyday, THE POLICE GAZETTE was a goldmine of weird news. It was recently revived by Steven Westlake, son of the famous crime novelist Donald Westlake, and he has now compiled a book of the best Hitler articles from the magazine. Looks like a winner!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 22, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Magazines, Europe, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

The Clover Club

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Original ad here.

Isn't this the exact ad that pimps today use to trick women into becoming "escorts" on Craigslist?

What exactly was the purpose of the Clover Club? Answer after the jump.




More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 30, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Magazines, Sexuality, 1910s

One of These Ads Is Not Like the Others

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I think Dad would rather look at the last ad in this sequence.

All taken from the same 1951 issue of BOYS LIFE.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 09, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Magazines, Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950s

Alfred, Meet Jimmy



Recent scholarship has traced the roots of Mad magazine's Alfred E. Newman back to the nineteenth century. But I don't believe anyone has ever before noted his resemblance to this animated version of Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen, as seen in the 1942 Superman cartoon "Showdown," embedded above.

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How fitting that today both Jimmy and Alfred are owned by the same company, Warner Bros.!


Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 14, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Magazines, Twins, Lookalikes & Doppelgangers, Comics, 1940s, Nineteenth Century

Fake Facial Hair for Sale

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[From Playboy for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]

I can imagine a man being follicle-challenged and able only to grow a patchy beard or mustache. But most of us can grow a perfectly fine crop of facial hair for free. Why would anyone spend money for a fake? And the price! The Inflation Calculator I always use says: "What cost $30 in 1968 would cost $185.89 in 2010."

But the weirdest thing is the appeal to scam your girlfriend or one-night-stand with fake hair. Huh?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 27, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Magazines, Sexuality, 1960s, Facial Hair

Pothead Jesus

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Funny, Jesus never said anything about this in his autobiography that I cited a here a little while ago!

Long, scholarly article from HIGH TIMES.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 17, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Drugs, Magazines, Religion, Historical Figure

Nutritional Advice from BOYS’ LIFE

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Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 09, 2012 - Comments (17)
Category: Magazines, Candy, Chocolate, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930s, 1940s

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