Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
“Handle with care - This Side Up”
“Raw! Raw! Raw! Roysterers on the half shell”
Savrogram Crackfiller advertisement starring a rather poorly disguised Sherlock Holmes.
~ Modeled to Fit, Warner Brothers, c1894
via Baker Library, Harvard University
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“For stout ladies of full figure.” I should keep this around for people who want to argue that there were no fat people in the old days.
~ The Guest’s Handy-Book and Guide to Prominent Points of Interest in New York, Complete with Street Directory, Business Landmarks, and Official Time Tables of Express Trains on Leading Railroads Out of New York (Entertaining, Readable, Valuable & Necessary POCKET DIRECTORY for Visitors and Residents); Hotel Publishing and Advertising Co., 1886
“No accidental fires can occur by their use, as they are NON-EXPLOSIVE.”
“NO DANGER!” “NO ODOR!” “NO POISIONING!” “NO MORE FIRES!”. I think this “Safety Taper Matches” advertisement needs a bit more work on the art of reassuring customers.
Soyouthinkyoucansee miss Duke
“Duke Cigarettes are the Best” say all corseted lady Matadors.
Czech armored train(former Zaamuret), Yenisei province, Russia, 1919
Mennen Skin Bracer advertisement from 1942.
Women! Take Part in the Elections to the Soviets!
Uzbek-language poster published in Tashkent, 1920s. The ghostly visage of the Soviet Woman gradually materializes behind the veil as the Communist calls her to action.
This reminds me that Queensland State and local council elections are coming up soon.