Category:
1910s

Whiskey for Health

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Such was the medical wisdom of 1912.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 03, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Health, Advertising, 1910s, Alcohol

Long Lance



I'm trespassing on Alex's territory here, with an hour-length documentary on what was once a famous hoax.

Here's the story in a nutshell.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 21, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, North America, Nineteenth Century, Native Americans

The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions

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I've just finished reading the fine book about weird fraternal lodge devices from a century ago. It would make a fine gift for any WU-vie.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Inventions, Books, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, Pranks, Nineteenth Century

Dr. Olgierd Lindan’s Collection of Unusual Medical Devices & Antique Electronics

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WU-vies will find much to amuse them on this page of weird medical gadgets.

One of the prime charlatans whose stuff is on display was a fellow named Dr. Albert Abrams pictured to the right.

You can read a book he wrote here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 05, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Medicine, Body Fluids, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, Nineteenth Century

Violet Healing Rays

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Original ad here. (Scroll down a bit.)

Read the history here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 23, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Health, Technology, Appliances, 1910s

Big Tree Inn

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Read the bare facts about this charming place here.

I sure wish it was still around.

(Click image for more detail.)

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 08, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Restaurants, 1910s, Natural Wonders

The Trados Nose Shaper



An odd advertisement that I noticed while browsing through a 1916 journal, Current Opinion, on Google Books. It's for the "Trados" Nose-Shaper. The blurb tells us:
Upon the impression you constantly make rests the failure or success of your life. Which is to be your ultimate destiny? My new nose-shaper "Trados" (Model 22) corrects now ill-shaped noses without operation quickly, safely and permanently. Is pleasant and does not interfere with one's daily occupation, being worn at night. Write today for free booklet, which tells you how to correct ill-shaped noses without cost if not satisfactory. M. TRILETY. Face Specialist.

If this was Model 22, I wonder what models 1 through 21 were like?

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 23, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Body Modifications, 1910s

Slowest Marathon Ever

Now, I can be easily distracted, but I'm nothing compared to this guy. It seems that he stopped for some OJ at a garden party during his run, and just had a hard time starting again. He did eventually finish, 54 years later. Futility Closet

Posted By: Lovemonkey - Mon May 11, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Exercise and Fitness, Sports, 1910s, 1960s

Boys Will Be Boys

The Washington School for Boys Drama Club, circa 1910. (via Shorpy)

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 21, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Gender, 1910s

California State Fair—1913

Sorry about that failed post earlier today. The host seems to have deleted that video. Thanks go to Expat47 for bringing the matter to my notice.

Nonetheless, I've found the essential bit: the train collision.

Enjoy!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 15, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1910s, Trains

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