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Nineteenth Century

Early Slapstick and Boxing Cats

The more of these early Edison clips I see, the more convinced I become that the great inventor was a prankster nerd.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 03, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Comedians, Pranks, Cats, Nineteenth Century

American Artifacts

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Here's a neat site that offers lots of strange gadgets from the past, such as this "Radio Disease Killer."

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 03, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Medicine, Nineteenth Century

Seminary Girls

Did you know that Thomas Edison pioneered the "Girls Gone Wild" theme?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 01, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Education, Exercise and Fitness, Nineteenth Century

Sunflower Carnival

What is weirder? The fact that our ancestors dedicated a festival to the humble sunflower, or the fact that we don't?

In any case, here are some shots from the 1899 Sunflower Carnival Parade, Colorado Springs, Colorado, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

As always, click to enlarge.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue May 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Agriculture, Parades and Festivals, Political Correctness, Regionalism, Nineteenth Century

The Baron of Arizona

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Bernie Madoff was a piker.

He stole a few score billion dollars.

But how much is a whole state worth? All the land, natural resources, and structures?

That's what James Addison Reavis stole--almost getting away with the theft too.

Last night I watched THE BARON OF ARIZONA, a 1950 film by Samuel Fuller and starring Vincent Price. It tells the true story of Reavis, who cooked up an incredible con job to lay claim to the entire territory of Arizona in the year 1883.

You can read a fascinating essay about it here.

This is one film definitely worth renting for those with a taste for weird history.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 29, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, History, Historical Figure, Wild West and US Frontier, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Movies, Nineteenth Century

Follies of the Mad Men #64

A prosperous banker-type, an American Indian, a sailor (or is he a Turkish immigrant?), and what looks to be Uncle Sam, are all sitting around in front of a billboard, having a gay old chat, when out of a handy box pops the sexy cigarette fairy, who dispenses butts to all, even scattering them around in bountiful waste. Then a sign is unfurled, claiming WE ALL SMOKE.

Massive WTF attack, all thanks to Thomas Alva Edison!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 20, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Movies, Tobacco and Smoking, Nineteenth Century

Every Foto of Lincoln—Save One

Now that a new photo of Abe Lincoln has been found, I'm sure the maker of the video below is cursing those discoverers.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 12, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Politics, Historical Figure, Nineteenth Century

Dr. Seth Arnold’s Great Infantile Regulator

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For Christmas this year, I received Picturesque Rhode Island, an 1881 guidebook to my native state. I love such antique manuals, as they often hold quaint forgotten information about familiar places.

(Looking online, I discover that the entire book has been digitized here, so that you can have your own virtual copy.)

The front and back sections of the volume are full of ads. Here are two for some nostrums that I am sure contained plenty of dope.

No wonder the citizens in the drawings all look so relaxed and peaceful!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 20, 2009 - Comments (11)
Category: Medicine, Regionalism, Advertising, Products, Babies and Toddlers, Nineteenth Century

Nancy Luce, Chicken Lady of Martha’s Vineyard

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A few years ago, visiting the island of Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast, I learned of Nancy Luce (1814-1890). An eccentric loner artist who self-published her own poetry--mainly devoted to her beloved pet chickens--and buried the birds with fully engraved headstones, she is the subject of a biography still available on the island at various gift shops: Consider Poor I by Walter Magnes Teller. You can read what The New York Times had to say about the book here. You might even be so moved as to purchase a lovely woodcut print of Luce here.


Perhaps we should commemorate Luce with a sample of her poetry:

POOR LITTLE HEARTS
Poor little Ada Queetie has departed this life,
Never to be here no more,
No more to love, no more to speak,
No more to be my friend.
O how I long to see her with me alive and well,
Her heart and mine was united,
Love and feelings deeply rooted for each other,
She and I could never part,
I am left broken hearted....




Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 10, 2008 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Domestic, Eccentrics, Literature, Books, Writers, Regionalism, Nineteenth Century

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