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“Kalle Anka Firar Jul” – “Donald Duck Celebrates X-mas” In Swedish

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Kalle Anka, for short, has been airing without commercial interruption at the same time on Sweden’s main public-television channel, TV1, on Christmas Eve (when Swedes traditionally celebrate the holiday) since 1959. The show consists of Jiminy Cricket presenting about a dozen Disney cartoons from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, only a couple of which [...]

The Corsetieres And The Stout Woman

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The ‘stout woman’ was one of the corsetiere‘s favorite clients! After all, a thin women can be sold a corset, however, the change to her  figure will not be very apparent (outside the world of tight-lacing). With the avoirdupois of the stout woman, anything is possible! The background photograph comes from the Spirella house magazine [...]

Cotton Candy Truant Testing Elizabeth Taylor’s Beauty Tip

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In her own words: When I was little, I remember hearing on television that when very young Elizabeth Taylor went to bed, she would place a wooden clothespin on her nose to ensure that beautiful breath button looked perfect the next day. I heard this and tried it. I whimpered throughout the night and awoke [...]

Lloyd Lindroth, The Liberace Of The Harp

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Lloyd Lindroth was not a character on SCTV, but he could have been. Lloyd moved to Nashville in the early 1980s, and performed on The Nashville Network and Hee Haw. For years he did a Vegas style show in the open air Cascades section of the Opryland Hotel. Here’s a postcard that he passed out [...]

Rumi Scooters And Motorcycles

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1955 Rumi Formichino Scooter The Rumi organisation was formed at the beginning of the century and originally supplied cast components to the textile machinery industry. At the outbreak of WW2, Rumi became involved in the manufacture of armaments, miniature submarines and torpedoes. After the end of the war in 1950, Rumi decided to get involved [...]

Endre Surányi And His Microcar

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Endre Surányi, a motorbike racer in the ‘40s and ‘50s, who went on to become a driver for Communist party leaders. In 1946, he completed his first microcar, a 50-cc two-seater, a “motorized shoe” Image and text found at “When we were cool” Filed under: Automobiles Tagged: Endre Surányi, Micro cars, mini cars

The Delights Of A Low-Carb Diet

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Nothing like following a low-carb diet. Who doesn’t love to gobble down as much pure lard by the spoonful as you possibly can and still keep your figure – Ted Image found at “CrocodileJock” Filed under: Humour, Tackieness Tagged: Diets, Low-carb, Pure lard

More Erotic Illustrations

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This time the gallery feature Martin Von Maele’s illustrations from “La Grande Danse Macabre des Vifs”, Paul Avril’s illustrations from “Fanny Hill” and a series of illustrations by Franz von Bayros. To the gallery: Filed under: Art, Illustration Tagged: Erotic art, Erotic drawings, Erotic illustrations, Franz von Bayros, Martin Von Maele, Paul Avril

Kim Jong-Il Has Stopped Looking At Things

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The Son of Heaven and the leading star of the communist world has stopped looking at things. He has stopped drinking expensive cognac and banging foreign prostitutes as well, in fact he has stopped doing everything, to quote Monty Pyton’s parrot sketch, he has expired and gone to his maker, he has in fact become [...]

Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman, Australian Professional Swimmer, Vaudeville And Film Star, And Writer

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Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (6 July 1886 – 6 November 1975) was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville and film star, and writer. She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume and inspired others to follow her example. She is often credited for inventing the sport of synchronised swimming after her [...]

Debee Ashby, Former English Adult Model And Actress

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Debee Ashby (born 2 July 1967 in Coventry) is a former English adult model and actress. She is also known as Debbie Ashby or Debby Ashby. Ashby became well known at the age of 16 years when she was expelled from King Henry VIII School, Coventry on 16 December 1983 because she had posed topless [...]

Norwegian Julebrus

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Julebrus is a Norwegian soft drink, usually with a festive label on the bottle. It is brewed by most Norwegian breweries, as a Christmas drink for minors, who aren’t eligible (by law) to enjoy the traditional juleøl (English: Christmas Ale). Although the soft drink is supposed to be for sale through December only, it is [...]

The Longest Nose In World

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Believe it or not, but the longest nose in world was 19 cm (7.48 inches). Thomas Wedders (18th century) was the proud owner of this huge nose. He was exhibited throughout England and was said to be mentally retarded.The nose earned him a place in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Piccadilly Circus. Anyone [...]

Bernardet Scooters

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The history of the firm dates back to 1921 when the brothers Bernardet built their first sidecars and presented them at the Paris, Berlin and Geneva shows. The company was founded in 1932, and the brothers continued with racing and commercial success until 1940 when the production of civilian models was interupted. After hostilities ceased [...]

Retro DIY Project – Graceful Garden Chair

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This new design for a garden seat is lighter than the common Cape Cop chair and can be made of odds and ends – Description and plans in both jpg and pdf format for this project from Popular Science April 1935 can be found here Filed under: Retro DIY projects, The thirties Tagged: Carpentry, DIY, [...]

A Mechanical Horse

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From Popular Science Monthly, April 1933: “A mechanical horse that trots and gallops on steel-pipe legs, under the impulse of a gasoline engine, is the recent product of an Italian inventor. With this horse, he declares, children may be trained to ride. The iron Dobbin is said to canter along a road or across a [...]

1958 BMW Isetta 600 Limo

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The BMW factory since the 1930′s has catered mostly to the wealthy car buyers around the World. Yes they have had some lower line models like the 315, an affordable Sports Car, but not until the mid-50′s did they take on a whole new generation of Micro cars, called the Isetta 600, designed for it’s [...]

Elmer Batters, Photographer

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Elmer Batters (November 24, 1919 – June 25, 1997) was a pioneer fetish photographer who specialized in capturing artful images of women with an emphasis on stockings, legs, and feet: ahead of his time in popularizing foot fetishism imagery as erotic entertainment. Career Batters started out publishing his photographs himself, and since the late 1960s [...]

Ursula Bloom On Driving A Ford Car, 1937

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This glorious film was made as an insert in a cinema short called Driverisms. Introduced by authoress and film personality Ursula Bloom, it shows how Ford made cars more comfortable for women, whether they were driving or as passengers, with luxuries such as fitted seat covers, ashtrays and even a radio!. It is a delight [...]

Interiors of The Titanic

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2nd Class Smoking Room Palm Court Gymnasium Pantry Reception Room Images found on “Retronaut” Grand Staircase French café Stateroom Reading Room B-59 Stateroom Filed under: Maritime history Tagged: Ship interiors, Titanic