The 1964 New York World’s Fair saw a slew of fascinating and interesting exhibits, shows, and even beauty contests. One of them was a contest for the “Prettiest Legs at the Fair.” Let’s just say that the women participating to get a leg up in the competition….
Janice Lee Ortieb, age 4, and Patricia Lynn Barlow, age 16 were elected the San Fernando Valley’s first Pumpkin Princess and Pumpkin Queen at the Balboa Mission Center on November 20, 1961. The girls will reign through Thanksgiving Eve from a throne inside a $15,000 custom-built Pumpkin House at the Balboa Mission Shopping Center, Balboa and […]
Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word ”mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.” Early in the morning on May 30th, 1907, Bertha, believing her husband was planning on leaving her, took a razor and sliced off his penis. While her husband ran to get […]
Remember how I mentioned they had beauty contests for just about anything? Well this beauty contest to find the Queen of Arkansas Tree Farm System is just more proof. Ceremony launching the Arkansas state tree farm program, held in Fordyce, Arkansas saw the crowning of Billie Wilson as the Queen of the Arkansas Tree Farm […]
Yesterday, William Bean’s letter to his mother was posted. Today, here are five Christmas postcards he sent home in 1918. All five have the words “Merry Xmas to All. Will.” In 1918, Bean was serving as a military policeman with the 59th Artillery. In a letter to his mother, he tells her of his plans to […]
The following letter was sent from Corpora William James Bean from Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York to his mother – Harriett Bean in Syracuse, New York. He was inducted into the United States Army on December 15, 1917. In this letter he discusses camp life and being away from home during Christmastime. Fort Hamilton […]
Selected ‘Miss Christmas Tree of 1951’ by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn arrived in the United States seven weeks prior from Paris, France and was a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper and reportedly stated that ‘she seemed prettier that the rest of them’. […]
Cher Ami was a Blue Check carrier pigeon, one of the 600 birds owned and flown by the US Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. She delivered twelve important messages from the Verdum front to her loft at Rampont. On average, Cher Ami flew a distance of thirty kilometers in around twenty-four minutes. […]
Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word ”mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.” In 1972, Steve McQueen was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska for drunk driving. The famed actor posted bail and left town. He was later convicted in absentia for reckless driving.
The Psychograph was a phrenology machine invented and marketed by Henry C. Lavery in the early part of the 20th century. It was claimed the machine followed the principles of phrenology, which focused on the measurements of the head as a way to determine what character and mental skills a person possessed. It also, allegedly, discerned […]
On an overcast day in March 1973, Associated Press photographer Slava “Sal” Veder captured an image of a POW being greeted by his family. The image, which became the quintessential homecoming photograph of the Vietnam Era, was aptly titled “Burst of Joy.” The photograph was sent around the country, running in countless newspapers. It also […]
In this advertisement by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, a woman is depicted doing a yoga headstand and talking on the telephone to another woman (inset) in the same pose. The tagline “Reach out. Reach out and touch someone” is shown on the bottom with additional text that read: Feeling fit, and all’s right […]