Weird Universe Archive

January 2015

January 17, 2015

Scotland Yard Fashion Show

On September 14, 1967, Scotland Yard held a fashion show to display the new uniforms for policewomen. I suspect this is the ONLY fashion show Scotland Yard has ever held. The caption that ran in American papers read:

"Scotland Yard, apparently bitten by the swinging London bug, holds fashion show here 9/14. Here, London policewomen display the new Norman Hartnell-designed uniforms. Although a far cry from the miniskirted scene stealers, the new ensembles do have shaped skirts."




Source for top image: Flickr

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 17, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1960s

Lesbian Space Gals of 1973

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"We read PLAYBOY and PLAYGIRL magazines," laughed Capt. Evelyn Jean Parks....."

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 17, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1970s, LGBT, Women

January 16, 2015

Can-Fed Husbands


Shamokin News-Dispatch - Apr 1927


From Songs of a Housewife, by Marjorie Rawlings. It's an odd book of poetry, recording in verse all the various complaints and problems of 1920's housewives, such as husbands who complained about being given canned food.

Available at Amazon, which gives the following, fuller description of it:

This charming collection of poems that Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek) wrote in the 1920s were so popular that they appeared one-a-day in a New York newspaper for two full years. Organized by task, the poems graphically depict the life of a housewife (mending, baking, dusting, and the joy of a sunny window) with wisdom and humor. In the days before convenience stores and microwaves, Rawlings reminds us of the horror of having company show up with nothing fixed to feed them. Or in a more timeless vein, the disdain a harried mother feels for the neighbor who has all her Christmas shopping done and wrapped early.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 16, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Wives, Poetry, 1920s

The Sunshine Belt

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As Alex showed us earlier, Florida merited a celestial spotlight to be shone upon it. But it was not the only favored land!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 16, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Advertising, 1910s, South Pacific

January 15, 2015

Your Name Here

The latest Kickstarter weirdness. In return for a $10 donation, tattoo artist Illma Gore will tattoo your name on her body. Her goal is to completely cover her body with around 2500 names. She hasn't got all those names yet, but she's already got enough donations to get her project funded.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 15, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Art, Tattoos

Mystery Illustration 4

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What household product is kept inside this lovely container?

The answer is here. (Scroll up a bit.)

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 15, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Products, Nineteenth Century

Bobbitt v2.0h NO!

Taking her lead from the famed Mrs. Bobbit, Mrs. Feng Lung of China not only counted coup once but snuck into the hospital to redo the act a second time.

The UPI has all the details but, alas, has omitted the instruction manual. Maybe Fiskars has something you ladies may find helpful.

Posted By: Expat47 - Thu Jan 15, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Genitals

January 14, 2015

Young’s Rectal Dilators

These things were widely advertised in newspapers during the early 20th Century, promoted as a "guaranteed cure" for just about everything, but particularly for piles and constipation. As the American Journal of Gastroenterology notes, they do actually have some legitimate medical uses. But in 1940 the federal government sued the Dr. Young company for making misleading claims, and after that the ads stopped appearing in newspapers. Read more about the history of these dilators at The Quack Doctor.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 14, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Medicine

Pop Art Fridges

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Come to think of it, why can't you buy fridges nowadays with decorated fronts?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 14, 2015 - Comments (18)
Category: Art, Appliances, 1960s

January 13, 2015

Tarco Space Pilot Helmet, 1952

The sound of whizzing in space.




[via bifurcated rivets]

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 13, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Space Travel, Headgear, 1950s

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