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1900s

Mrs. Rorer’s Vegetable Cookery and Meat Substitutes

Beyond Meat? Impossible Burger? You'll turn your nose up at these after you've tasted some of Mrs. Rorer's vegetarian recipes!

Read the whole book here.









Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 21, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Vegetarians and Vegans, 1900s, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

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If you walked down Mitte’s Oranienburger Straße at any point between 1990 and 2012, you would have likely noticed a commanding, if dishevelled, structure located just a short distance from the synagogue. Up until five years ago, the second-most visited art attraction in Berlin wasn’t the East Side Gallery or Museum Island, it was this five-storey building: aka Kunsthaus Tacheles. Taken over by artists after the Wall fell in 1990, the building was transformed into a creative commune. It was quintessential post-Wende Berlin: upon their occupancy, the artists launched a legal battle for the property and rescued it from demolition, maintaining a presence for 22 years.


Full essay here.


The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 19, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Antisocial Activities, Art, Outsider Art, Unauthorized Dwellings, 2010s, 2000s, 1900s, Europe

Wild Party, 1905 Style

After the article, you can view one of Madame Gabrielle Réjane's silent films.

Her Wikipedia page, with some great photos.

Source of article: The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois) 05 Feb 1905, Sun Page 3





Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 13, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Dinners, Banquets, Parties, Tributes, Roasts and Other Celebrations, Movies, Publicity Stunts, Public Indecency, 1900s, Dance

Juror Goes Insane

I would totally cite this precedent when trying to get out of jury duty.



Source: The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) 26 Jan 1909, Tue Page 9

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 21, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Law, 1900s, Mental Health and Insanity

Make wine now for children’s parties!

Mason's wine essence was non-alcoholic. But even so, it seems a bit odd that it was marketed as a children's drink.

I can't find a description of what, specifically, it was. Although, by the name, I'm assuming it was wine that had been reduced by slow boiling to a syrup. By then adding water to the syrup, one could make a non-alcoholic wine.

Circa 1900 - via Advertising Archives



T.P.'s Weekly - Dec 22, 1905

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 12, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, Children, 1900s

Buster Makes Room for His Mama at the Bargain Counter

Actually, it's Tige who deserves all the credit.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 13, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Shopping, Comics, Children, Dogs, 1900s

Essay on Silence

Essay on Silence, authored by Fra Elbertus (pen name of Elbert Hubbard) was published by the Roycroft Press in 1905. It consisted of 40 blank pages, bound in leather with a spine printed in gilt. As such it belongs to the genre of empty books.

image source: Specific Object



Wikipedia notes that most empty books are published as political satires. For example, one of the earliest examples of the genre was The Political Achievements of the Earl of Dalkeith, consisting of 32 bound, blank pages. Hubbard's book seems to be the earliest, non-political example of the genre.

A 1905 first edition of the Essay on Silence will cost you $125. But there were various reprints published over the years, which are cheaper. Some of the reprints included a four-page, blank text insert titled, "The Essay on Silence Revised Edition with Corrections and Emendations to Date."

Incidentally, Elbert Hubbard is rumored to be the uncle of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. At least, L. Ron Hubbard claimed this to be so. But Elbert Hubbard's followers disagree, arguing that "L. Ron Hubbard was known to elaborate on his background, and it is said he used the popularity of Elbert’s name to promote his own causes."

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 25, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Books, 1900s

Kiss Me

The urge to prank is eternal.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 16, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: 1900s, Pranks

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