“Men. They look.”

1969 magazine ad for Dr. Scholl's
1969 magazine ad for Dr. Scholl’s

Do your feet hurt? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.

Bits of toe jam:

Dr. Scholl’s full name is/was Dr. William Mathias Scholl.

The human foot has 26 bones.

If you stub a toe, rather than swearing, you can exclaim, “My phalanges!

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I beg your pardon. I never promised you a Weingarten.

Magazine ad for WB Erect Form Corsets from around 1901, I think.
Magazine ad for WB Erect Form Corsets from around 1901, I think.

Uhhuhuhuhuhuhuh… “Erect” Uhhuhuhuhuhuhuh…

“…the implement of detestable coquetry which not only betrays a frivolous bent but forecasts the decline of humanity.” – Napoleon Bonaparte on corsets

Would you like to know more about corsets?

Of corset you would! Here ya go! This too. And how about this?

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Polly want a Packard?

Packard magazine ad found in the July 2, 1927 issue of The Literary Digest
Packard magazine ad found in the July 2, 1927 issue of The Literary Digest

According to this ad, Packard had a Board of Color who would decide on the car color schemes. Just imagine the fights.

Some quasi-random knowledge:

Having your car the same colors as a harlequin macaw would certainly get noticed.

Macaws can live for 50-100 years.

In 1930 (three years after this ad), the average life of a new car was 6.75 years.

The average lifespan of a modern car is not quite 12 years.

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“Gee whiz! Dont I wish every day wuz de fourth”

Art by E.W. Kemble. Scan by me of a photo purchased on eBay of a copy of a photo of a photo of a scan* of a photo of a page in the June 29, 1904, issue of Puck magazine. If any of you happen to have a copy of that issue handy, please sent it to me as I have been on the hunt for it for years.

*My theory.

Sigh. It will have to do for now.

Oh say can you yeeeeeeee-hawwwwww!

The Country Gentleman magazine for July 1926. Cover art by N.C. Wyeth.
The Country Gentleman magazine for July 1926. Cover art by N.C. Wyeth.

In honor of Independence Day, here’s one of my favorite magazine covers in my collection — The July 1926 issue of The Country Gentleman with cover art by American artist (painter/illustrator/muralist) N.C. Wyeth. It was also one of the more elusive magazines for me to track down, but totally worth it.

It’s nice to see Wyeth’s biography is a lot more complete and accessible online than many other illustrators of the era, but sad to find his life ended by a freight train.

Also, it’s no surprise that horses really aren’t very fond of fireworks. Be kind, y’all.

“Are you still using the wearying, old-fashioned, unclean method?”

"I'm fine."
“I’m fine.”
Magazine ad for Torrington Cleaners /  National Sweeper Co. found in the May 1917 issue of The Designer
Magazine ad for Torrington Cleaners /  National Sweeper Co. found in the May 1917 issue of The Designer

Fun facts:

Some of Torrington’s other carpet sweeper model names were Utility, Paragon and Peerless. And under the National name, the Royal Duchess!

Torrington, Connecticut, was once a major part of the Underground Railroad.

I’m still working on what the heck they mean by “laying the dust” but I think it has something to do with sprinkling water on stuff so dust doesn’t get in the air.

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I like big buttons and I cannot lie. You other furries can’t deny.

Man in some sort of a fur suit with very large buttons from some time in the past.
Uncaptioned framed photo found in a Bismarck, North Dakota, antique shop.

ZWEE THONK

Comic book ad for Hostess Twinkies - Spider-Man! in The Spider-Man and the Fly!
I forgot to write down the comic book year and info when I canned this a while back, but I’ll guess the 1970s.

I guess the more dialogue you have, the less you have to draw.

Fun facts:

The first Twinkie was made in 1930. They’re probably stale by now.

Spider-Man plays a key part in Alt Text 19: Witness Protection.

Got a spare million or two? Then check out the ten rarest, most expensive Spider-Man comic books.

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Girdles and napkins and belts, oh my!

“Daaaaaaamn, girl! You lookin’ fine.”
Circa 1947 magazine ad for Kotex Sanitary Napkins
Circa 1947 magazine ad for Kotex Sanitary Napkins

“A short beau in tow is worth ten highboys on the loose.” Forties lingo is killer diller!

Fun facts:

Curious what a smooth and comfortable Kotex Wonderform Belt looks like? Of course you are. [scroll when at link]

Four tips for being a great bellhop from a site that sells shoes so you can probably guess one of the tips.

Wanna learn a bit o’ slang from the 1940s? You’ll recognize some, but not all. Here’s some more.

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You down with DDT?

Yeah, you know me.

"Hey Mom! Can you spray my oatmeal with some more of that dee-licious DDT?" "Sure, Sweetie! Say when!" [spritz spritz spritz spritz...]
“Hey Mom! Can you spray my oatmeal with some more of that dee-licious DDT?” “Sure, Sweetie! Say when!” [spritz spritz spritz spritz…]
Du Pont (DuPont) magazine ad for DDT and other happy fun chemicals — Found in the April 1947 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
Du Pont (DuPont) magazine ad for DDT and other happy fun chemicals — Found in the April 1947 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Fun facts:

DDT stands for dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane (also Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). And now you know why they called it DDT instead.

In 1955 alone, 500 million pounds of DTT was produced.

Some houseflies turned out to be resistant to DDT.

DDT got a dude a Nobel Prize.

And then there’s the whole thing about DDT and raptors and shell thinning and OMG they’re still fighting about that so I’m not going to link to anything about it.

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