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The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 8



It takes an awful lot of coffee to kick start Aunt Mabel in the morning and she’s usually not even fully dressed when she wolfes down the first batch. If the urge is really bad she doesn’t even bother with a cup, but drink it straight from the coffee maker pot. Poor young Johnny witnessed it one day and the sight stayed with him for years, and it wasn’t because of the coffee I can tell you.


The poor young boy developed a rather unhealthy interest in Aunt Mabel’s knickers that she more than willingly let him immerse himself in as the picture to the left here shows. Embarrassing for the rest of us of course, but things like that happens in the best of families – Ted ;-)

Filed under: Humour, Models & starlets Tagged: Aunt Mabel, Half dressed, Knickers, Morning coffee


This Week’s Retro DIY Project–Country Style Plate Rack

1957 Voisin Biscooter C31


Gabriel Voisin was an eccentric genius. A brilliant engineer, he walked his own road through the twentieth century, being in on the birth of aviation and building magnificent classic cars in the twenties and thirties. His company Aeromechanique was taken over by engine builders Gnome and Rhone during the turbulent 40’s.

He designed a very minimalist vehicle using all of his skill and knowledge of aircraft construction. Its Motor Show debut resulted in over 1,000 orders being taken, but Voisin was in conflict over the project with the G&R directors. Gnome & Rhone built 16 examples in the summer of 1949. In October 1950 it was redesigned to include low body sides, and in 1951 got a larger 197 cc Villiers engine. This unique car has a very special cabrio bodywork with circular doors. It was built as a special four-seater, according to the blueprint for the car on view in the museum.

Voisin sold the license in June 1953 to the manufacturer Autonacional SA in Barcelona, who renamed it Biscuter and went on to build 20,000 examples.

This unique car has a very special cabrio bodywork with circular doors. It was built as a special four-seater, possibly as a prototype in 1957, although technically a C-31, this particular car was never mass produced.

Text from Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

Filed under: Automobiles, The fifties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: 1957 Voisin Biscooter C31, Micro cars, mini cars

This Week’s Retro Recipe – Beef And Kidney Pies



You can feast on these meat pies and be patriotic, too! They are so savoury, everybody likes them yet they take little meat. And we all must save meat, now that our fighting forces need so much.

With pie crust, biscuit or mashed potato topping, who doesn’t look forward to a hearty meat pie? And they’re fun to make, real praise winners! Liked by men and youngsters, too!

Another recipe I’ve found in a large bundle of booklets and cut-outs I’ve picked up at a jumbler sale somewhere. From the comment above about patriotism and the fighting forces taken from the ad it is obvious that the recipe is from sometimes in the early forties – Ted    

Recipe HERE

Filed under: Food & drinks, Recipes, The forties Tagged: Beef And Kidney Pie, Meat pies

Weirdly Suggestive Lobbycard For The 1970 Film "Spring and Port Wine"

This Week’s Favourite Female Singers – Those Lovely Dirty Old Blues & Jazz Pioneers

1955 Fuji Cabin


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With Japan in a devastated turmoil, many companies scrambled for survival. Hitachi Aviation, associated with Hino and Isuzu were forbidden to build airplanes and attempted to survive by producing non-war related products. Hitachi became Tokyo Gas-Electric Manufacturing Company and merged with Fuji Automobile and by 1952 was producing motorcycles and small two-stroke engines, called Gasuden.

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The Fuji Cabin was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1955, intended as a fully enclosed motor scooter. Its sleek aerodynamic monocoque body was constructed of polyester, a bold use of this material at the time. Very well engineered by Ryuichi Tomiya, a director of Suminoe Manufacturing which also produced the Flying Feather microcar and bodies for Nissan, the Fuji Cabin featured rubber suspension, staggered seating, a cooling duct down the centre of the car, and beetle-wing motor lids. The tiny, but well engineered Gasuden motor featured a reverse gear.

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Competition was stiff in the Japanese motorcycle market at this time and the price was somewhat steep. This, combined with poor marketing and inexpert handling of the FRP material, contributed to poor sales. This particular car turned up in a derelict condition in Pennsylvania, whereupon it changed hands several times before its acquisition and restoration for this collection. Another example (with two doors and detail differences) of this extremely rare exotic can be seen in Tokyo.

Text from Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

Filed under: Automobiles, The fifties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: 1955 Fuji Cabin, Japanese cars, Micro cars, mini cars

Candy Barr Teaches Joan Collins To Strip!

The forgotten Ones – Candy Barr


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Candy Barr in 1989. DMN staff photo by Randy Eli Grothe

Candy Barr (July 6, 1935–December 30, 2005) was an American stripper, burlesque dancer, actress, and adult model in men’s magazines of the mid-20th century.

903_candy_09During the 1950s she received nationwide attention for her stripping career in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas; her troubles with the law; shooting her estranged second husband; and being arrested and sentenced to a prison term for drug possession, as well as her relationships with Mickey Cohen and Jack Ruby.

After serving three years in prison, Barr began a new life in South Texas. She briefly returned to stripping in the late 1960s, posed for Oui magazine in the 1970s, and then retired. In the early 1980s, Barr was acknowledged in the magazine Texas Monthly as one of history’s “perfect Texans,” along with other Texans including Lady Bird Johnson.


At age 16, though she appeared much older, Barr appeared in one of the most famous and widely circulated of the early underground pornographic movies, Smart Alec (1951). Because of the widespread “underground” distribution and 903_candy_11popularity of this short hardcore 8mm movie, which is no more than 15 minutes long, she has been called “the first porn star.” She originally told a men’s magazine that she did the film for the money, as she then had less than a dollar to her name at the time. Many years later, Barr instead insisted that she was drugged and coerced into appearing in the movie.

Shortly after the release of Smart Alec, and while still underage, she was hired as a stripper at the Theater Lounge in Dallas by Barney Weinstein for $85 a week. She acquired the stage name Candy Barr at this time—given her by Weinstein, reportedly because of her fondness for Snickers bars—bleached her hair platinum blond, and quickly became a headliner. She also worked at Weinstein’s Colony Club, with a large placard of her prominently displayed out front.

903_candy_07Barr established herself in burlesque and striptease with her trademark costume—cowboy hat, pasties, scant panties, a pair of pearl handled cap six-shooters in a holster strapped low on her hips, and cowboy boots.

When the Theater Lounge would close, she would often patronize the after-hours Vegas Club, where she became acquainted with the owner and operator, Jack Ruby, in about 1952. Their friendship was very casual, however, as she never worked for him and never associated with him outside the Vegas Club and the Silver Spur Inn, which he also operated.

She reportedly married her second husband, Troy B. Phillips, around 1953 and had a daughter about 1954. In January 1956, Barr shot her estranged and violent husband when he kicked in the door of her apartment in Dallas. She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, but the charges were later dropped. Phillips was not fatally wounded.

Barr performed for the only time on the legitimate stage in 1957, playing the role of Rita Marlowe in the Dallas Little Theater production of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? In late October of that year, in yet another notorious case, Dallas police raided her apartment and found four fifths of an ounce of marijuana, which was said to be hidden in her bra. She was arrested for drug possession, subsequently convicted, and received a 15-year prison sentence, though, according to her, she was set up and was only holding the marijuana for a friend.



While the marijuana case devolved into a lengthy series of appeals, her fame spread nationwide and Barr became the toast of the strip club runways, reportedly earning $2,000 a week in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as at the Sho-Bar Club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

While stripping at the Largo Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, she met gangster Mickey Cohen and became his girl. According to Cohen, in hisautobiography, In My Own Words, he helped her make bail after Gary Crosby told him, “One thing about that broad, she can make ya feel like a real man.”

903_candy_13Barr accompanied Cohen to the Saints and Sinners testimonial for Milton Berle in April 1959. The mobster, who insisted he wanted to marry her, eventually sent her and her 4-year-old daughter to Mexico so she could evade arrest. He arranged for her hair to be dyed by hairdresser to the stars Jack Sahakian, provided her with a fake birth certificate and social security card, and gave her $1,200 cash. He later sent her $500 after she was established in a Mexican hideaway. She became restless there, however, and returned to the U.S. During this time, her interest in Cohen foundered.

Also in 1959, she was hired by 20th Century Fox Studios as a choreographer for Seven Thieves (1960). She taught actress Joan Collins how to “dance” for her role as a stripper and was given a credit as technical adviser. Barr was quoted as saying, “Anytime Miss Collins wants to leave the movies, she has it made in burlesque.” “She taught me more about sensuality than I had learned in all my years under contract,” Collins wrote in her autobiography, Past Imperfect. Collins went on to describe Barr as “a down-to-earth girl with an incredibly gorgeous body and an angelic face.”

Barr won another chance at reversing her 15-year sentence that October, when the district attorney in Dallas said the U.S. Supreme Court had informed his office that her lawyers would be given 20 days to file a motion for a rehearing.

903_candy_06She and hairdresser Jack Sahakian were married November 25, 1959, in Las Vegas, while she was headlining at El Rancho Vegas Hotel. Days later, despite rumors that her arrest had been a setup designed to punish the stripper for her wantonness in conservative Dallas, Barr was arrested by the FBI when her appeal on the marijuana conviction was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Prison term and release

On December 4, Barr reportedly left her daughter with her third husband, Sahakian, and entered the Goree State Farm for women near Huntsville, Texas. While serving her sentence, she was a witness in Los Angeles in mid-1961 in the tax evasion trial of her former boyfriend Mickey Cohen. She testified that he paid $15,000 to her attorneys and lavished gifts on her during their brief engagement in 1959. She said that among the other gifts she received from him were jewelry, luggage, and a poodle. It was her understanding, she said, that Cohen was to settle a clothing bill of hers for $1,001.95.

After being incarcerated for over three years, Barr was paroled from Goree women’s unit on April 1, 1963. She left the prison without any fanfare or publicity, having requested that no pictures be taken and no interviews arranged. Barr had intended to return to Dallas, but her parole stipulations were so strict that it was not permitted. Instead, she returned to her hometown of Edna, where her father and stepmother still lived.

903_candy_14At this time, she became closer to Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby in telephone conversations. As she was having health problems when she was released from prison, she decided the best way to earn a living was by raising animals for profit. Ruby went down to Edna and gave her a pair of dachshund breeding dogs from his prized litter to get her started.

Twelve hours after Lee Harvey Oswald was murdered by Ruby, the FBI arrived in Edna to interview Barr. She made a statement, as Juanita Dale Phillips, regarding her knowledge of Ruby prior to Oswald’s assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Ruby’s subsequent murder of Oswald. It was rumored that she knew more than she disclosed, but she later said, “They thought Ruby had told me names and places and people, which he didn’t.”

The Texas governor, John Connally, pardoned her for the marijuana conviction in 1968. Barr said, “I really don’t know why, unless he studied the case and knew it was an injustice whether I was a victim or not.”


Comeback and later life

Barr returned to the stripping circuit in early 1968, including appearances at the Largo Club in Los Angeles and the Bonanza Hotel in Las Vegas. She also returned to the Colony Club in Dallas.

She then moved to Brownwood, Texas, as her father was ill in Kerrville. She was arrested and charged with marijuana possession again in 1969 in Brownwood. Barr later said, “While my father was in the process of dying, they decided to take advantage of my situation there and busted me. I knew the marijuana wasn’t there, I hadn’t had any around me for three years.”

The district attorney in Brown County eventually dismissed the case against her for lack of evidence. In 1972, 56 poems that she wrote while in prison were published with the title A Gentle Mind . . . Confused.

903_candy_01At the beginning of the book, she wrote:“Loneliness is like an early frost. Let us be among the seedlings that survive …” The title poem further set the tone:

“Hate the world that strikes you down,
A warped lesson quickly learned.
Rebellion, a universal sound,
Nobody cares, no one’s concerned.
“Fatigued by unyielding strife,
Self-pity consoles the abused,
And the bludgeoning of daily life,
Leaves a gentle mind … confused.”

The 41-year-old grandmother was featured in a 1976 issue of Oui magazine. She also gave an interview in Playboy soon afterward.

The film rights to Barr’s early life story was purchased by producer Mardi Rustam in 1982. In 1984 Texas Monthly listed Barr among alongside other Texans like Lady Bird Johnson as one of history’s “perfect Texans.” In March 1988, it was announced that Ryan O’Neal would direct Farrah Fawcett in a biopic about Barr based on ascript by George Axelrod, who wrote the Broadway play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, but the movie was never produced.

Final years and death

903_candy_12In 1992 Barr moved from Brownwood back to Edna. Living in quiet retirement, with her animals at her rural home, she was content not to exploit or relive her legendary past. She said she was never interested in arousing men, she just wanted to dance. As Garbo had, Barr said she just wanted to be left alone.

On December 30, 2005, Barr died at age 70 from complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Victoria, Texas.

Candy Barr is among the inductees in the Hall of Fame of Exotic World Burlesque Museum, Helendale, California, halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Her lip prints are part of the museum’s display.

More Candy Barr movies HERE

I must admit that Candy Barr is not really among the forgotten ones, at least not among lovers of classic glamour and burlesque. But working on the last post made me want to build a post dedicated to her anyway – Ted

Text From Wikipedia

Filed under: Actresses, Article, Motorcycles, Music, Strip-tease, The fifties, The seventies, The thirties Tagged: Burlesque dancers, Candy Barr, Glamour models, Glamour photgraphy, Strippers

The Lure Of The Mad Men–Part 23



“MARRIED – No reason to neglect stockings! Constant runs are unsightly. Husbands admire wives who keep their stockings perfect. Lovely stockings add so much to your appearance Don’t risk constant runs, snacky seams and wrinkles.”

Man, I love the look on that bloke’s face, he looks like he’s looking at something particularly disgusting the cat brought in. Unfortunately I have little experience with stocking runs, snacky seams and wrinkles as my tastes lean more towards the tomboy type of girls. Blue jeans and long gipsy skirts don’t wrinkle that easy. On the other hand, should I ever come across said stockings I hardly think my reaction would quite match the bloke on the picture’s.

Besides, I’m not married anymore and haven’t been for 20 years and my girlfriend is 21 years younger than me and you don’t criticise all that much then ;-) – Ted

Filed under: Advertising, Advertisments, People, Photography, The forties Tagged: Husband's admiration, Mad Men, Stocking runs, Stocking wrinkles

When You Got A Cold, You Got A Cold

Bengers Ribana Badeanzüge

The Sunday Comic – Pretty Close At Least

This Week’s Girliemag Article – The Frat-House Mascot


A digital recreation of an article published in “Wench  Magazine”  Vol1 No1 – 1962



Hilda is an exchange student from Munich, Germany, and from the looks of things it was a good piece of bartering. When she first came to the university, she didn’t know a shred of English. She discovered, however, that this didn’t hamper her in her relations with the other students, especially the males, who spoke a sign language’ that could be understood in any country.

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures HERE

Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  are against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above. In other words you’re flying solo from here on – Ted ;-)

Filed under: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, The sixties Tagged: 1962, Glamour photography, Wench magazine

The Goldwyn Girls


Man, What A Pair

Round The World By Steam – Orient-Royal Mail Line


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The Orient Steam Navigation Company was formed by Anderson in 1877, to run services from London to Australia. Initial services used chartered tonnage and orient-royal mail line5sailed via the Cape. At the time, the Pacific Steam Navigation Company (PSNC) found themselves in financial difficulties with their services to the west coast of South America. Many PSNC ships were laid up, and service speeds and departures were reduced. Two PSNC ships were sold to Royal Mail Lines, and four others were chartered (and later sold) to the Orient Line in 1878 for their new service to Australia. The Orient Line venture was so successful, that sailings were soon increased from monthly to fortnightly, and the extra ships required again came from the PSNC. PSNC entered into a joint venture with Orient Line, marketed as Orient-Pacific Line, although management remained with Orient Line. The best PSNC vessels at this time were all deployed on the Australian route. PSNC ships adopted an Or- prefix, in line with Orient practice. From 1881, alternate sailings used the Suez Canal route, and the Cape route was abandoned altogether in 1883.

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By 1906, brighter prospects in their original trading area allowed PSNC to sell their Australian interests to Royal Mail, along with the four PSNC vessels used, orient-royal mail line6and the Australian service became known as Orient-Royal Mail Line. The new partners did not get along, and Royal Mail pulled out of the partnership with Orient Line in 1909. In 1919, P&O acquired a controlling interest in the Orient Line, although Orient retained its managerial independence within the group. From 1938, services were extended beyond Australia to New Zealand. In post-war years, services were marketed as P&O-Orient Lines, and the Orient ships retained there distinctive corn-coloured hulls. In 1965, P&O acquired the whole Orient Line shareholding, the ships received white P&O hulls, and the Orient Line title was dropped.

Ship on the poster

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RMS Ophir was a British steel twin-screw ocean liner of the Orient Steam Navigation Company of London, which worked company’s London — Aden — Colombo — Australia route from 1891. In 1901 she served as the Royal yacht HMS Ophir. In 1915 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and was an armed merchant cruiser until 1918, when she was returned to her owners. She was not restored to passenger service, but was scrapped in 1922.


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One appreciative passenger was "the Welsh Swagman" Joseph Jenkins who embarked at Melbourne on 24 November 1894, bound for Tilbury Docks in a second-class cabin at the fare of £26 15s 6d. When he first saw the vessel, it appeared so huge that he wrote "it is a wonder to me that it would move".Jenkins, a noted diarist, proceeded to record in detail the 103-day voyage passing through the new Suez CanalIn 1901, as HMS Ophir, she took the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) on their tour of the British Empire. The visit was scheduled to open the new Federal Parliament in Melbourne, Australia, but the royal party also visited Gibraltar, Malta, Ceylon, the Straits Settlements, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. The Admiralty provided crew for the tour, while the engine-room staff came from the Orient Company´s own engineers.

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A petty officer named Harry Price was with the tour from February to November 1901, and made a careful record, later published as The Royal Tour 1901, or the Cruise of H.M.S. Ophir; Being a Lower Deck Account of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York’s Voyage Around the British Empire. The 1901 cruise was also filmed by CPO McGregor working for AJ West’s ‘Our Navy’ company and cinematograph film and lantern slides of the cruise were shown to the British Royal Family and staff at Sandringham on November 9, 1901.

On the completion of the royal tour, Ophir was paid off at Tilbury Docks 6 November 1901.

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WWI Slang Still With Us To Day


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One of the subtlest and most surprising legacies of the First World War is its effect on our language. Not only were newly named weapons, equipment, and military tactics being developed almost continually during the War, but the rich mixture of soldiers’ dialects, accents, nationalities, languages, and even social backgrounds—particularly after the introduction of conscription in Great Britain in 1916—on the front line in Europe and North Africa produced an equally rich glossary of military slang.

Not all of these words and phrases have remained in use to this day, but here are 21 words and phrases that are rooted in First World War slang.

1. ARCHIE Apparently derived from an old music hall song called Archibald, Certainly Not!, Archie was a British military slang word for German anti-aircraft fire. Its use is credited to an RAF pilot, Vice-Marshall Amyas Borton, who apparently had a habit of singing the song’s defiant chorus—“Archibald, certainly not! / Get back to work at once, sir, like a shot!”—as he flew his airplane between the exploding German shells on the Western Front.

2. BASKET CASE While it tends to be used fairly light-heartedly today (usually describing someone who constantly makes stupid mistakes, or who crumbles under pressure), the original basket case is an unexpectedly gruesome reminder of just how bloody the War became. In its original context, a basket case was a soldier who had been so badly injured that he had to be carried from the battlefield in a barrow or basket, usually with the implication that he had lost all four of his limbs.

3. BLIGHTY Derived from vilayati, an Urdu word meaning "foreign," blighty is an old military nickname for Great Britain. It first emerged among British troops serving in India in the late 19th century, but didn’t really catch on until the First World War; the Oxford English Dictionary records only one use in print prior to 1914. A "blighty wound" or "blighty one" was an injury severe enough to warrant being sent home, the English equivalent of a German Heimatschuss, or “home-shot.” Self-inflicted blighty wounds were punishable by death, although there are no known reports of anyone being executed under the rule.

4. BLIMP As a military slang name for an airship, blimp dates back to 1916. No one is quite sure where the word comes from, although one popular theory claims that because blimps were non-rigid airships (i.e., they could be inflated and collapsed, unlike earlier rigid, wooden-framed airships), they would supposedly be listed on military inventories under the heading “Category B: Limp.” However, a more likely idea is that the name is onomatopoeic, and meant to imitate the sound that the taut skin or “envelope” of a fully inflated airship makes when flicked.

5. BOOBY-TRAP Booby-trap had been in use since the mid-19th century to refer to a fairly harmless prank or practical joke when it was taken up by troops during the First World War to describe an explosive device deliberately disguised as a harmless object. Calling it “one of the dirty tricks of war,” the English journalist Sir Philip Gibbs (1877-1962) ominously wrote in his day-by-day war memoir From Bapaume to Passchendaele (1918) that “the enemy left … slow-working fuses and ‘booby-traps’ to blow a man to bits or blind him for life if he touched a harmless looking stick or opened the lid of a box, or stumbled over an old boot.”

6. COOTIES As a nickname for body lice or head lice, cooties first appeared in trenches slang in 1915. It’s apparently derived from the coot, a species of waterfowl supposedly known for being infested with lice and other parasites.

7. CRUMP-HOLE Crump is an old English dialect word for a hard hit or blow that, after 1914, came to be used for the explosion of a heavy artillery shell. A crump-hole was the crater the shell left behind.

8. DAISY-CUTTER Before the War, a daisy-cutter had been a cricket ball or baseball pitched low so that it practically skims along the surface of the ground. The name was eventually taken up by troops to describe an artillery shell fitted with an impact fuse, meaning that it exploded on impact with the ground rather than in the air thereby causing the greatest amount of damage.

9. DINGBAT In the 19th century, dingbat was used much like thingummy [Ed. note: British term for "thingamajig"] or whatchamacallit as a general placeholder for something or someone whose real name you can’t recall. It came to be used of a clumsy or foolish person during the First World War, before being taken up by Australian and New Zealand troops in the phrase "to have the dingbats" or "to be dingbats," which meant shell-shocked, nervous, or mad.

10. DEKKO Like "blighty," dekko was another term adopted into English by British troops serving in 19th century India that gained a much larger audience during the First World War; the Oxford English Dictionary has no written record of the term between its first appearance in 1894 and 1917. Derived from a Hindi word of equivalent meaning, dekko was typically used in the phrase "to take a dekko," meaning "to have a look at something."

11. FLAP "To be in a flap," meaning "to be worried," dates from 1916. It was originally a naval expression derived from the restless flapping of birds, but quickly spread into everyday English during the First World War. The adjective unflappable, meaning unflustered or imperturbable, appeared in the 1950s.

12. IRON RATIONS The expression "iron rations" was used as early as the 1860s to describe a soldier’s dry emergency rations, which typically included a selection of hard, gritty provisions like rice, barley, bread, biscuits, salt, and bacon. During the First World War, however, the term came to be used as a nickname for shrapnel or shell-fire.

13. KIWI The UK declared war on August 4, 1914, and New Zealand joined immediately after. By August 29, New Zealand had successfully captured Samoa—only the second German territory to fall since the war began. Within months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, began to arrive in Europe. They quickly gained the nickname Kiwis, as an image of New Zealand’s national bird was featured on many of their military badges, emblems and insignias. Incredibly, some 100,444 total New Zealanders saw active service during the First World War—equivalent to 10 percent of the entire country’s population.

14. NAPOO English-speaking soldiers frequently found themselves serving alongside French-speaking soldiers in the First World War, often with little chance of one understanding the other. So when French soldiers would exclaim “il n’y a plus!" meaning “there’s no more!” the English soldiers quickly commandeered the expression and anglicised it as napoo, which they took to mean finished, dead, or completely destroyed.

15. OMMS-N-CHEVOOS English troops arriving in France in 1914 were unceremoniously loaded onto basic railway transport carriages marked with the French notice “Hommes: 40, Chevaux: 8” on their doors. The notice designated the carriage’s maximum occupancy (“40 men, 8 horses”), but for those English troops with no knowledge of French, the carriages themselves became known as omms-n-chevoos.

16. POGEY-BAIT Pogey-bait was candy, or a sweet snack of any kind, among American and Canadian troops. No one is quite sure where the term comes from, but the first part could be pogy, a nickname for the menhaden fish (i.e. literally “fish-bate”), or else pogue, a slang word for a non-combatant or weakly soldier.

17. SHELL-SHOCK Although the adjective shell-shocked has been traced back as far as 1898 (when it was first used slightly differently to mean “subjected to heavy fire”), the first true cases of shell-shock emerged during the First World War. The Oxford English Dictionary has since traced the earliest record back to an article in The British Medical Journal dated January 30, 1915: “Only one case of shell shock has come under my observation. A Belgian officer was the victim. A shell burst near him without inflicting any physical injury. He presented practically complete loss of sensation in the lower extremities and much loss of sensation.”

18. SOUVENIR Derived from the French for “memory” or “remembering,” souvenir has been used in English since the 18th century. However its use in military slang to refer to wounds, scars, shrapnel, and other permanent reminders of battle emerged during the First World War, and has since been traced back as far as 1915.

19. SPIKE-BOZZLED Spike was used during the First World War to mean “to render a gun unusable.” Spike-bozzled, or spike-boozled, came to mean "completely destroyed," and was usually used to describe airships and other aircraft rather than weaponry. Exactly what bozzled means in this context is unclear, but it’s probably somehow related to bamboozled in the sense of something being utterly confounded or stopped in its path.

20. STRAFE One of the German propagandists’ most famous World War I slogans was "Gott Strafe England!" or “God punish England," which was printed everywhere in Germany from newspaper advertisements to postage stamps. In response, Allied troops quickly adopted the word strafe into the English language after the outbreak of the War, and variously used it to refer to a heavy bombardment or attack, machine gun fire, or a severe reprimand.

21. ZIGZAG Zigzag has been used in English since the 18th century to describe an angular, meandering line or course but during the First World War came to be used as a euphemism for drunkenness, presumably referring to the zigzagging walk of a soldier who had had one too many.

Text from MentalFloss

Filed under: British, Literature, WW I Tagged: Language, Slang, WWI slang

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