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  • The Loneliest LetterMadge Alphabet - Abisselfa's sister? (NYPL) Did you know that the loneliest letter is A? Well, it is. According John Russell Bartlett in the Dictionary of Americanisms (1848), anyway. And this brings us to the odd obsolete word of the week: Abisselfa...
  • The Write Sort of Pen
    on Feb 28, 2011 in 1910s retro writing literary retro
    Popular Mechanics, Sept. 1906 So I'm thinking about writing fiction again, even though a year ago I thought I probably wasn't going to anymore. But there are characters and places and events that won't get out of my head. Last year I asked them very...
  • The Laugh Fiesta
    on Feb 22, 2011 in 40s retro Retro Chicago novelties
    The Rotarian, Nov. 1944 Yes, it was the best Ladies' Nite we ever had. I suppose. We started off by misspelling "night," though. That was the first thing that went wrong. And then, well - we were all sitting there, hooting with laughter at all the j...
  • An Inspiring Ceiling Fan
    on Feb 16, 2011 in retro decor City Life 1910s retro
    Popular Mechanics, August 1911 Wherever you're being creative, a little fresh air circulating around you really does feel inspiring. It's good for the brain, especially in the summer. And if you're like me, a person who loves to open windows even in...
  • A Well Traveled Bonbon
    on Feb 15, 2011 in Victorian retro candy
    Scribner's Magazine ad, 1888 They're peppermint. They're Italian. And yet - they are made in Munich, Germany. And sold in New York City by a man whose name is one letter away from the country of Liechtenstein. A melting pot in a little tin - and not...
  • Amazing New Magic Dice
    on Feb 11, 2011 in Retro Chicago novelties
    Popular Science, March 1946 Here's a special pair of fun dice that can do anything you want them to. This is exactly the sort of thing I need. Too bad they don't write blog posts too, because I am not feeling very inspired today. I'm working on reca...
  • Tabasco: An Enlivening Culinary Tradition
    on Feb 5, 2011
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine. Popular Science, Dec. 1920 We all know that Tabasco - made from Louisiana hot peppers,...
  • Whistle While You BrushLife, April 4, 194 But you can't whistle while you brush. And if you whistle after you put the toothpaste on the brush end, you will get toothpaste all over your hand. The theme for today is whistling. I don't really know why. If only there was a w...
  • An Elegant PreparationAdvertisement in The National Druggist, 1888 Watt's Jelly of Violets was a Victorian skin preparation which had a lot of celebrity endorsements. Chief among the actresses who liked Glycerine Jelly of Violets (in Collapsible Tubes) was Miss Lillie Lan...
  • Cheaper Than Shoe Leather
    on Jan 28, 2011 in 60s retro cars books 30s retro
    Can you imagine riding this thing at 35 miles an hour? With no seat belt. In a playsuit. While waving to the camera. Or taking the whole family out for a Sunday drive in the large version? Well, what with the balloon tires, 2 speed transmission engin...
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