One Horse is a-plenty!

Magazine ad for St. Louis Coffin Co.'s No. 15 Wagon
From the December 1910 issue of The Casket, found and preserved by Charles Addams in Dear Dead Days.
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Rhythm is gonna get you.

1948 magazine ad for Rhythm Lingerie
1948 magazine ad for Rhythm Lingerie

Slip into something a little more comfortable.

Enjoy a brief history of nylon from Mental Floss.

Enjoy a less-brief history of nylon from Science History Institute.

A little bit and a little bit more on “artist of the stars” Bradshaw Crandell.

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If a frock has pockets, are the pockets called frockets?

1948 magazine ad for Country Club
1948 magazine ad for Country Club

Yes, yes they are, because I said so.

I believe this ad also promoted the horror movie, “Attack of the 50 Foot Magic-Plaid-Wearing Woman”.

In 1948, this company made dresses available in sizes 10 to 18. Did you know that dress sizes have changed dramatically over the years?

$6 in 1948 is equal to $65.89 in 2020.

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“I’m a terrific tornado…” — Mayhem

1904 Connecticut Fire Insurance Co. advertisement
1904 advertisement found in a 1959 collection by Charles Addams (of Addams Family fame)

“Cow.”Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt), Twister (1996)

AccuWeather identifies five types of tornadoes.

Do you know the Fujita Tornado Damage Scale?

From what I can tell from a version of this in the Library of Congress’s collection, this might have been a post-Victorian trade card, an advertising blotter or perhaps the top of a calendar.

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For Movers and Quakers

I forgot to note the year of this Quaker Oats magazine ad, but the packaging matches those sold in the late 1890s.
I forgot to note the year of this Quaker Oats magazine ad, but the packaging matches those sold in the late 1890s.

“Does this cereal taste great? Who knows? But at least the box is cute.” — Crazy People (1990)

Do you know the difference between Quakers and Shakers?

In 1969, Quaker Oats owned Fisher-Price.

Quaker Oats paid for the production of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Quaker Oats is currently owned by PepsiCo.

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Turn the page with me.

“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.