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Miss Fireworks of 1954

Hula dancing on a bomb.

Leatherneck - Magazine of the Marines - Sep 1954

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 04, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1950s, Armed Forces, Weapons

The best defense against an atomic bomb…

"... is not to be there when it goes off."

Advice which remains true to this day.

Manchester Evening News - Feb 18, 1949

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 18, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: War, Weapons, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940s

Games Couples Play, #2

July 1947: Newlyweds Jane and Lloyd Gulledge of Dearborn, Michigan decided to play a couple of rounds of Russian roulette. Lloyd lost. "Police say they had been drinking."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette - Jul 28, 1947



(L) Nevada State Journal - Jul 29, 1947; (R) Palm Beach Post - Aug 3, 1947



Related: Games Couples Play, #1

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 09, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Marriage, 1940s, Weapons

Follies of the Madmen #534

Who knew that domestic life could be so medieval?

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 08, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Domestic, Advertising, Weapons

Cutting a sheep in half with one stroke

Swordsmanship shows often used to include demonstrations of the ability to cut a dead sheep in half with one stroke.

I've never been to a swordsmanship show, but I'm guessing that this particular display of ability is no longer a standard routine.

I'm also guessing that it must be pretty hard to do.

Birmingham Gazette - Apr 16, 1920



Ithaca Journal - Sep 23, 1922

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 06, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Weapons

Ideal Fighter Jet Toy



Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 26, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Toys, War, Weapons, 1950s

Ann Frickman, Sharpshooter

During World War II, one of the best rifle shots in the United States was a housewife — Ann Frickman. Remarkably, she hadn't grown up shooting rifles. She first picked up a rifle in her late twenties, and eighteen months later she was beating the Army's top sharpshooters.

San Francisco Examiner - Dec 20, 1942



Pasadena Star News - Feb 24, 1942

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 15, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: 1940s, Women, Weapons

The Voice Bomb

This is another example of the military's interest in using sound to demoralize the enemy. This device was rather straightforward: "Dropped from a plane, the balloon bomb would drift to earth while the recorder blared out surrender demands or other morale-breaking messages to the enemy."

See also: Weird alien sounds designed to terrify and panic, and Ghost Tape Number Ten


The Pantagraph - Oct 12, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 07, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Psychology, 1950s, Weapons

Mystery Illustration 102

What type of publication is this dramatic illustration from? A true-crime magazine? A government report on urban violence? Publicity for a cop movie?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 07, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1970s, Weapons

Square-Wheeled Tank

In 1957, Albert Sfredda secured a patent (No. 2,786,540) for a square-wheeled tank. He explained:

A vehicle equipped with square wheels of the type contemplated by my invention gives better traction and a smoother ride when used on rough terrain than one having circular wheels. Following are the reasons: the sides of a square wheel constitute large flat surfaces for bridging ruts and cavities in the ground whereas a circular wheel follows the surface of the ground and enters many ruts; and the sides of a square wheel provide a large contacting area with the ground when they lie parallel thereto, and, hence, afford better pushing effect, whereas a round wheel affords only a small pushing area, which often results in causing a digging effect.



Sfredda was correct that square wheels would provide better traction on rough terrain than circular wheels would. The video below explains why. But the problem, of course, was that his tank would have difficulty moving on a regular, flat road.



Along similar lines, Macalester College has had a square-wheeled bicycle on permanent display since 1997. More info: macalester.edu

image source: StanWagon.com

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 21, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Motor Vehicles, War, Weapons, Patents, 1950s

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