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1910's

Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls

"Sex trafficking 2016," meet "white slavery 1910."

Original text here.

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 16, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Sexuality, Public Indecency, The More Things Change, 1910's

Shave the Corpse

Another phrase that would be a great name for a band.

According to the Charles Addams blog, this ad was originally published in January 1912 in Casket and Sunnyside ("The foremost journal of the funeral profession since 1871").

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

Dolph Traymon, 97-year-old at the Keyboard

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I cannot find anything to contradict this review from 2015 which had Dolph Traymon still tinkling the ivories at his Fife and Drum restaurant.



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Source of 1948 ad.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 19, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Restaurants, 1910's, Longevity

The Lafargue Retirement Plan

November 1911: Paul and Laura Lafargue were found dead in their home in Draveil, just outside of Paris. They had committed suicide by injecting poison. Laura was the daughter of Karl Marx. She was 66, and Paul was 69.

It turned out that their suicide was the result of a ten-year plan. Or, at least, that's the story that circulated around. Ten years before, they had decided that they could either live ten years very well, or longer with more financial uncertainty. They opted for Plan A. So they mortgaged the house and divided up all they had into 10 equal parts and spent one part each year. When they had nothing left, they both took poison and checked out.

The Indianapolis Star - Jan 7, 1912

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 23, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Suicide, 1910's

Sexy Lingerie

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 03, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Underwear, 1910's, Women

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