Author Archives: Hannah K.

Let Us Make You Fat – Old Advertising

“Gee. Look At That Pair Of Skinny Scarecrows. Why Don’t They Try Sargol?” Early 20th Century Advertising As this 1915 ad proclaims it is “no longer necessary to be “thin scrawny and undeveloped.” Our thin conscious society today might be … Continue reading

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UFO In A 15th Century Painting?

A Flying Saucer Or Just A Radiant Cloud? The Madonna with Saint Giovannino by Domenico Ghirlandaio 1449 – 1494, is on display in the Sala d’Ercole in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. There is nothing unusual about the painting until you … Continue reading

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Classic Hollywood #39

Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury – 1954 This very appealing photograph was taken in 1954 and shows Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury eating lunch at the Paramount studio commissary. Rathbone and Lansbury areĀ  in costume for the filming of The … Continue reading

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How Much Did A Working Girl Need To Live On In 1922?

According To One Report – A Miniscule $468 Per Year Would Supply A Working Girl “All The Necessities Of Life.” In 1922, a single working woman could live comfortably on $9 per week and, $17 a week with “luxuries” according … Continue reading

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Increase Your Bust Ad – 1915

Same Scam As Today, Perpetrated 100 Years Ago Before plastic surgery and breast implants became the way to change your natural assets, there were charlatans preying upon young girls and women’s insecurities. Growing up I remember reading magazines in the … Continue reading

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Why Are There Annoying Flies At Jones Beach Field 6?

Is There Anything You Can Do To Keep The Flies Off Of You? In the summer if you ever go to Jones Beach in Long Island, especially the often filled popular field 6, you will notice one of two things, … Continue reading

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May Day In Brooklyn -1919

10,000 Girls Celebrate May Day In Prospect Park, 1919 I may not be 100 years old, but I do remember being in public school celebrating May Day with a traditional maypole dance. May Day in New York has other connotations … Continue reading

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Ladies Day – Rowing On The Harlem River Circa 1905

Ladies Get Ready For Rowing At An Annual Regatta On The Harlem River At the turn of the century, the male dominated rowing clubs of New York City, Long Island and Hoboken would hold regattas and invite the fairer sex … Continue reading

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Gas Price Wars – 1967 Style

Remember Paying 27 Cents A Gallon For Gas? War Over? No, Not Quite. Too late, sir, the gasoline price war is over. Or is it? This sign leaves consumer Don Lambert wondering. Yesterday the price had risen three cents a … Continue reading

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How A 1919 New York Law Enacted To Help Women, Ended Up Costing Them Their Jobs

An Uproar Ensues When Women Take Men’s Jobs In Wartime New York 1917 – Marie Bocinec Becomes The First Woman Streetcar Conductor In New York City. As New Doors To Working Women Were Opening, Everything Was About To Go All … Continue reading

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