Spy pigeon (1914)

November 9, 2012

An heir to pigeon post and predecessor of modern drones — a pigeon photographer. “As the bird flies the camera operates, making numerous exposures which record details of the territory beneath.“

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Original wiper (1914)

November 9, 2012

“To prevent the obstruction of the motorman’s vision by rain drops, sleet or snow accumulating on the windows of car vestibules, a device which keeps the exterior of a pane of glass clean has been invented.”

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Ilustration from “The Floating City” (1870s)

November 9, 2012
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Captain Nemo’s Nautilus

November 9, 2012

A scene from an early Universal Pictures movie.

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World’s greatest curiosity!

October 30, 2012

World’s greatest curiosity! A woman with 3 legs and 2 bodies! An 1878 poster. There are two right legs. I don’t know if that’s significant. But I am having a difficult time seeing the second body. I guess one just had to go see this curiosity in person at 251 Rue S.-Honore…

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Medical curiosity

October 30, 2012

A French medical curiosity book poster (1883),  featuring urinary tract and bladder ailments. It is possible that the book was meant to be of use to medical profesionals while also creating some interest in the general public.

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Parlor games on the verge of impropriety (1853)

October 21, 2012

These images of parlor games from a 1853 book provide adequate proof of repressed sexuality. Complete with inappropriate touching, provocative poses, sensual symbolism and all manners of frivolity. Astonishingly, the book’s subtitle states that it comprises “explanations of the most approved games for the social circle.” One fears to imagine what less approved games existed, [...]

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Facial mask for removing and preventing wrinkles (1909)

October 13, 2012

A device which is designed to remove lines and wrinkles around the mouth, nose and eyes, to improve the shape of the nose, and to prevent the cheeks from becoming flabby and dropping so as to cause a double chin to form. Looks so good. Why take it off at all, I wonder?

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One of nine lives

October 8, 2012

Cat: Do as you’re told. Mother knows best. Kitten: But, Ma, Can’t I lead at least one of my own lives? Life Magazine, 1927

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The Princess Bust Developer and Bust Cream or Food (1897 Sears Roebuck Catalogue)

October 8, 2012

A New Scientific Help to Nature. Combined with the use of the bust cream or food, forms a full, firm, well developed bust. It is designed to build up and fill out shrunken and undeveloped tissues, form a rounded, plump, perfectly developed bust, producing a beautiful figure. If nature has not favored you with that [...]

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