William Seltzer Rice
Decorative Bird Study
June 17, 1928: Amelia Earhart Takes Off on Landmark Flight
On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart began her transatlantic flight, the first by a woman. Earhart and her team left from Trepassey Harbor in Newfoundland and landed in Burry Port, Wales, nearly twenty one hours later. The landmark flight made headlines around the world.
When the crew returned to the United States, they were greeted with a parade in New York and enjoyed a reception at the White House with President Calvin Coolidge. This monumental flight made “Lady Lindy” the best known female flier and one of America’s first celebrities.
Three weeks before her 40th birthday, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and her story became legend.
‘The Best French Folders - Spectacles to suit all Sights’ - Optician’s Advert published in London - 1882
1978 Vol. 33, No. 7
Homes of Greater Value
April 16, 1930. “These Washington society girls will compete for fencing title of the District of Columbia at the Mayflower Hotel this week. Left to right: Elizabeth Bunting, judge; Priscilla Holcombe; Maj. Walter E. Blunt, referee; Margaret Montgomery; and Lillian Shuman, judge.” Harris & Ewing. View full size. Via Shorpy.
Brian Eno for Purina cat food, 1970s.
LAKESIDE: 1969 LAUGH-IN Electric Drawing Set
Allow me to divert your attention to something that is a money-making venture (or as the author says, “an experiment” in self-publication). This is just a longtime fan of the author’s website making a plug for something relevant to readers of this blog, and the author (have you seen his Tumblr?) didn’t suggest or pay me to post this. Still with me?
Tiny Lies - Piles Cures, Prostate Guns, Nose Shapers: Dubious & Miniscule Advertisements is a 150 page book in the form of a PDF containing a ton of old classified-category advertisements from the back of magazines, pointing out some silly, ill-advised, dangerous, and fraudulent blurbs, many with a bit of historical information attached to them. It’s a really good read, and I recognised 3 ads as being ones I’ve scanned myself and posted here. (Note: I’m not saying he borrowed anything from this site but that we’ve come across the same ads in our journeys, though he admits he did find some online and as it so happens this page is on the Internet…)
The download is free, but you are more than welcome to click the PayPal button on the book’s webpage if you like the book, appreciate the no-middle-man approach to publishing books online, or your conscience says that authors deserve a few sheckles for their work. It’s definitely worth the $1.25 donation in my opinion.
Australia. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland,’ Gert Sellheim, 1930-1939 (HT Brainpickings)