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Steampunk Playing Cards

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Theory11′s $6 Steampunk Playing Cards are manufactured in concert with the American Playing Card company on custom bronze-effect paper stock. The cards feature machinelike illustrations and are really rather well done. More at theory11 Filed under: Design, Ephemera Tagged: Playing cards, Steampunk

Stamp Semaphore As Early Emoticons

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From an 1890 edition of the Szarvas és vidéke, a weekly Hungarian newspaper, an explanation of the "stamp code" used to signal one’s intention when sending mash notes and such through the Emperor’s post. The secrets of the language of stamps. For all those who are in the situation of Hero and Leander, and similarly [...]

Ex-King Farouk 1, “Fat Freddy Farouk” At It Again

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The January 1959 issue Whisper takes on ex-King Farouk I of Egypt—who was a favourite tabloid target of the time—describing him as “Fatso Farouk”, “the roly-poly playboy of the Nile”, “the balding balloon boy” and worse. Readers are told that he was at Maxim’s in Paris one night and saw Coccinelle do a song accompanied [...]

Another All Girl Band – The Sunnygirls From Sweden

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The Sunnygirls was formed to the foundations of the ex-Plommons in 1967. At first they were Suzie & the Sunnygirls, but Suzie’s (Watson) solo career made her soon to leave the band. Also the original guitarist Helena Thunholm resigned herself, and she was replaced by Carina Leijd, who, besides she was couple of years younger [...]

More Burlesque Dancers And Strippers

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Since my stats show that there is a large interest for burlesque and stripper foyer cards, here’s another gallery featuring 200 of such cards. Since I’ve posted a lot of these all ready there bound to be repost here and there, but most of them should be new – Ted To the gallery: Filed under: [...]

SS Canberra, The Great White Whale

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SS Canberra, nick named The Great White Whale, was an ocean liner, which later operated on cruises, in the P&O fleet from 1961 to 1997. She was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland at a cost of £17,000,000. The ship was named on 17 March 1958, after the federal capital [...]

A Real Life Donald Duck’s Car

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Did you know that Donald Duck is the only duck character in Disney comics that drives only one car?All other ducks (Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck, etc.) had more than one. Donald’s car is red and has a license plate with a number 313. It’s his birthday. March, 13. But did you know that one copy [...]

R. White’s Lemonade

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R. White’s Lemonade is a brand of a carbonated soft drink, which is produced and sold in the UK by Britvic.  R. White’s is a brand of lemonade that has been produced for over 150 years. Robert and Mary White produced the first R. White’s lemonade in Camberwell, London, in 1845. The White Family took [...]

Eve Arnold, April 12 1912 – January 4 2012 – Photographer

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If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” -Eve Arnold Marilyn Monroe in the Nevada desert going over her lines for a difficult scene she is about to play with Clarke Gable in the film "The [...]

Brandy Martin – Socialite Stripper

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Brandy Martin emerged from the same society set as Grace Kelly to become burlesque exotic.Recreated from an article by Arch Ayres in Cabaret Magazine No 5 1956 BECAUSE her parents are conspicuously prominent Philadelphia socialites Brandy Martin’s name is as real as a twelve-dollar bill. But that’s the only phony thing about this dignified ball [...]

Phoebe Anna Traquair – Irish Artist

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Phoebe Anna Traquair (pronounced /trəˈkwɛər/ (1852 – 1936) was an Irish artist, noted for her role in the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland, as an illustrator, painter and embroiderer. Family life Phoebe Traquair was born Phoebe Anna Moss in County Dublin, and married the Scottish palaeontologist Ramsay Heatley Traquair in 1873. The family moved [...]

Round The World With Nellie Bly

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Game based upon the legendary, 72-day trip around the world accomplished by 25-year-old Elizabeth Cochrane (aka Nellie Bly) in 1889/90, a feminist reporter for the New York World. Her feat, inspired by the fictional trip in Jules Verne‘s Around the World in 80 Days, created a media sensation, and many considered her to be the [...]

Finally A Sensible Use For The Rubik’s Cube

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Designer Pete Fecteau constructed a huge Martin Luther King Jr. portrait called “Dream Big“using 4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes. Measuring 5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm and weighing 454kg, this artistic endeavor was possible due to Kickstarter.com, where the artist raised the necessary money for this project. A series of fortunate events led to the creation [...]

Naughty glasses

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These kind of items must have been very popular in the US, I’ve posted another set of glasses like them earlier and some stripping pens as well. A bit tacky may be, but who cares. One man’s tinsel is another man’s gold – Ted Image found at “grooveland” Filed under: Advertising, Models & starlets, Strip-tease, [...]

The Aetna Drivotrainer

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Students at Brooklyn High School in New York learn to handle the controls of a car and experience simulated traffic conditions flashed onto a screen by means of projected film, using the Aetna Drivotrainer. – Image and text found at “Formicarius” What fun they must have had (I wonder if they managed to keep from [...]

Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches – Fit For A king

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Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches 2 large bananas 6 slices of white bread 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter 1 cup of peanut butter Peel and mash bananas. Mix peanut butter thoroughly with bananas. Toast bread lightly and spread mix on bread. Melt butter in skillet and brown sandwiches on each side slowly until golden [...]

The Rudge And It’s Caravan

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The Rudge Caravan was introduced for the 1927 model range, further exploring this uncharted territory for touring motorcycles. A complete outfit was offered, with Rudge 500cc ohv motorcycle and ‘Semi-Sports’ sidecar, plus the trailer, for £136.50. The Caravan itself was 7’3" (2.23m) long 4’10" (1.5m) wide, and 4’7" (1.4m) high. Inside were two small beds, [...]

Ann Corio – American Burlesque Ecdysiast And Actress

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Ann Corio (November 29, 1909 – March 1, 1999) was a prominent American burlesque ecdysiast and actress. Unlike others in her profession, Ann Corio did not have a stage name. Biography Born in Hartford, Connecticut, she was one of fourteen children of parents of Italian immigrants. While still in her teens, Corio’s good looks and [...]

Just The Thing When The Snow Comes

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Around my neck of the wood there hasn’t been much snow this winter yet, but when it comes I’d love a rig like this to clear it away – Ted Image found at “Timeless Transport” Filed under: Automobiles Tagged: British cars, Rolls Royce, Snow plow

Testing The Bulletproof Vest

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Testing the bulletproof vest. 13th September 1923. Washington, D.C. This must be the perfect job for the clinicly insane. Just look at the wild grin on the man’s face. No kind of promise, money or new facinating equipment would make me let someone shoot at me from that distance – Ted Image found at “America [...]