Category:
1900s

The Roller Skate Craze

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 21, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Fads, Humor, 1900s

“Fighting the Flames” at Dreamland

The Dreamland amusement park had a spectacle that consisted of a street scene of building facades which would erupt in flames, allowing a mock rescue by fireman-actors. Ironically, the whole park died in a giant inferno.







Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 25, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Firefighting, Arson, Wildfires, Infernos and Other Conflagrations, Simulations, Make-Believe, Cosplay and other Pretend Situations, 1900s, 1910s

The Dog Factory

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 13, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Technology, Dogs, 1900s

The Perfume Concert of Sadakichi Hartmann

Nov 30, 1902: Sadakichi Hartmann gave the world's first "perfume concert" at the New York Theatre. It was meant to be a journey around the world via scents. Hartmann recited a travel monologue as fans blew scents toward the audience.

Sadakichi started out to be the personal conductor of a tour to Japan. The audience was expected to smell its way. To this end, two contrivances which looked like ovens to an abandoned gasoline stove were brought on the stage. In the ovens were placed pad-like layers saturated with various perfumes. Fans operated by electricity wafted the odors to an audience made up of actor ladies and ladies of other professions, accompanied by "gents" conspicuous for white vests and Tuxedos with "shiny" satin collars.

The problem was that in the early 1900s people freely smoked in theaters. So no one beyond the first few rows could smell anything except cigar smoke. The audience soon left, en masse.

Wikipedia article about Sadakichi Hartmann.

New York Evening World - Dec 1, 1902

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 15, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Theater and Stage, 1900s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Deathbed Wedding




Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 01, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, 1900s, Weddings

Easy Lessons in Psychometry

With enough practice, in a mere 56 pages you too can become an occult master.






"I sense a bill...an unpaid bill. It has to do with flames, heating... Yes, it's my utility bill!"

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Supernatural, Occult, Paranormal, 1900s

Dermal Steaming Apparatus for the Head

Full patent here.







Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 22, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Hygiene, Patents, 1900s

Trick Bass Viol

I would have enjoyed seeing the dogs emerge from the viol itself, but--as I interpret the patent--they are in the box at the base of the instrument. Still, a musical instrument filled with beer is also acceptable.

Original patent here.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 06, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand, Music, Patents, Dogs, 1900s, Alcohol

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