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Twentieth Century

Richard Teschner, Art and Puppets





Teschner segment starts at 1:50.

Lots more at this link. Then be sure to follow the two additional links at the bottom of the page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 11, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Surrealism, Europe, Twentieth Century

Emma Harbin, the Dixie Eagle

Not only was she one of the earliest women aviators, but she also helped her husband run a tourist court and dairy! (Lots of great fotos at the link.)



Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 28, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Regionalism, Air Travel and Airlines, Hotels, Twentieth Century

Bathtubs Over Broadway

A new documentary about "industrial musicals" is just hitting selected theaters.

The film's homepage.

The book that served as the source.




Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 27, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Theater and Stage, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Outsider Art, Surrealism, Twentieth Century

Thérèse Humbert, Con Woman



Story with pix here.

In 1902, a political and financial scandal rocked the French nation when it was discovered that Madame Thérèse Humbert (née Aurignac), daughter-in-law of the deceased Minister of Justice, had swindled nearly 100 million francs from the French government and its citizens over twenty years. How did this woman, who was not particularly beautiful, educated, or well born, manage to defraud scores of people, ranging from the brightest and sophisticated of French society to the simplest?





Contemporary article on their capture.

Read a review of the book here, which contains a good synopsis of the case.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Europe, Twentieth Century

How to Take Apart a Volkswagen Beetle

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 06, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Twentieth Century, Cars

Strange Beauty Queens

This blog has a fine post with many fotos on our theme of oddball beauty contests.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 03, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Twentieth Century

The Mystery of Ambrose Small

Master Weirdist Charles Fort once made a jest involving two mysterious vanishings: "Was somebody collecting Ambroses?"

One of the Ambroses involved was the famous Ambrose Bierce.

The other was much less-known: Ambrose Small.

One would think that after so many years, all had been said about Small's disappearance. But I can't find any reference to this further extension of the case as seen below.






Original article here.

More on the Small case.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Cult Figures and Artifacts, Death, Twentieth Century

The Girl Gershwin

A forgotten figure today, Dana Suesse was once dubbed (by the New Yorker magazine no less) as "the Girl Gershwin," a label that probably did her more harm than good. In her era, her talents, in a woman, were certainly and unfairly considered "weird" on some levels.





Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 07, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, Women, Twentieth Century

Behind the Burly Q

Trailer is Safe For Work. Link to book or DVD below.







Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Entertainment, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, Books, Documentaries, Twentieth Century

Alice in Dairyland

I can see having a beauty queen to represent the dairy region. But what's the Lewis Carroll connection? The website is not forthcoming. Does she have surreal adventures or not?



Source.



Home page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Agriculture, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, Regionalism, Twentieth Century

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