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“Show me your bubbies!”

1944 magazine ad for Seagram’s V.O. Canadian Whisky
1944 magazine ad for Seagram’s V.O. Canadian Whisky

Bubbies?

A Britannica history of the videophone.

AT&T gave it a go in 1992 with the VideoPhone 2500 — Just $1,499 or $30/day!

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Is that her foot or is there a body under the couch?

Magazine ad for Lucky Strikes found on the back cover of a 1934 issue of Country LIfe.
Magazine ad for Lucky Strikes found on the back cover of a 1934 issue of Country LIfe.

The donkey cigarette holders I’ve seen aren’t quite as classy as hers.

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The Imperial March starts playing…

Hiram Walker, “benevolent despot“, was into millin’ and distillin’.

What’s the difference between whiskey and whisky? Besides the “e”, that is.

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Let’s get Necco with Santa!

Magazine ad for Necco Wafers. I forgot to write down the year.
Magazine ad for Necco Wafers. I forgot to write down the year.

Necco Wafers refuse to die.

Everyone’s least favorite Halloween candy has been making us miserable since 1847.”

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The Bootlegger

Cover of the December 4, 1919 issue of Life magazine

Cover of the December 4, 1919 issue of Life magazine

Not to be confused with bootlicker.

A little bit and another little bit about artist Paul Stahr.

History not-so-fun fact:
This issue is dated December 4, 1919.
Prohibition began in the United States on January 17, 1920.

Insist on the hole.

1919 Life Savers magazine ad found as the inside front cover of a Life magazine.

1919 Life Savers magazine ad found as the inside front cover of a Life magazine.

Did you know Wint-O-Green Life Savers spark in the dark? Here’s why.

You never know when you’ll suddenly have to know a lot more about Life Savers. Mental Floss has you covered.

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It’s got a cat on it.

Cover for The Countryside Magazine and Suburban Life, April 1917 - art by Paul Bransom
Cover for The Countryside Magazine and Suburban Life, April 1917 – art by Paul Bransom

Along with ads of yore, I also love a good magazine cover.

From my collection, here’s The Countryside Magazine and Suburban Life’s cover for April 1917 (Spring Planting Number) with art by Paul Bransom.

The New York Times has a rather fine obituary/biography of the “Dean of American Animal Artists” here.

Insidious Diseases and Hidden Decay

Would you trust your tree with this man?

“I will go out on a limb for your tree.” — John Davey, probably
Ad for Davey Tree Surgeons found in the April 1917 issue of Countryside / Suburban Life magazine.
Ad for Davey Tree Surgeons found in the April 1917 issue of Countryside / Suburban Life magazine.

Bone shards:

I didn’t realize that tree surgeons were a thing until I read a bit about the profession in a Straight Dope column about Groucho Marx by Cecil Adams. Yes, you should read the entire column.

Way back in the day, Groucho Marx hosted a radio/TV quiz show called “You Bet Your Life. During one show when he was interviewing a tree surgeon, he asked, “Have you ever fallen out of any of your patients?”

Read one heck of an obituary for Groucho here.

And now you know about tree surgeons too.

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Three words: Giant Riding Saw

Giant Riding Saw

Bone shards:

So would this thing actually work as advertised, or was it one of those early Caveat Emptor / Buyer Beware moments?

Wanna see the world’s largest saw? Yes, yes you do.

Wanna hear Ave Maria played on a musical saw? Yes, yes you do.

Why buy a giant riding saw when you can just hire one of these guys?

One of these contraptions still exists! Sadly, they don’t show it in action.

Lastly, and not for the squeamish, a history of the punishment known as Death by Sawing.

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“Aveu!” “Gesundheit.”

1947 magazine ad for Roger & Gallet’s Aveu perfume
1947 magazine ad for Roger & Gallet’s Aveu perfume

Is he about to push her over the railing?

Or maybe he’s a chiropractor about to make an adjustment.

Bone shards:

“Aveu” is French for “confession”, so “Aveu Confession du désir” means “confession confession of desire”.

“It is a feminine floral, created in 1946. Just at the end of the war, women were looking for beauty, flowers, things that would cheer them up after years of hardship, and Aveu was launched for this purpose.”

I have been unsuccessful in tracking down information on the assumed artist, Cydney. If you know anything, please hook me up!

The sophisticated name for a railing is balustrade. The vertical thingies on a balustrade are balusters. Now aren’t you fancy!?

Check out that sweet ampersand.

ampersand
ampersand

I was hoping there’d be a fancy name for those fingerless long/arm/sleeve gloves. Alas. “Gants à manches sans doigts” is a bit of a mouthful.

A 50ml flacon of this vintage perfume could set you back over $300.

A flacon is a bottle.

A falcon is a bird.

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