Olympic Athletes Smoke Camels! (1935)

From the July 21, 1935 San Antonio Light (San Antonio, TX). Notice that this ran in the comics section of the paper...


Free Movie Film Library (1932)

This article appeared in the February 14, 1932 San Antonio Express (San Antonio, TX).


How Will Christopher Columbus Be Seen In 2362 A.D.? (1927)

From the July 4, 1927 Fresno Bee (Fresno, CA):
It is to wonder what the people of the year 23;62 A.D. will make of the exploits of Byrd over the North Pole and Lindbergh over the Atlantic.

The year 2362 is 435 years hence: 435 years before 1927 Christopher Columbus was making his voyage and getting his name into history. Of Columbus' mysterious past there has been much speculation. Obscure as have been his antecedents, his deed remained glorious until now, when a French biographer, Marius Andre, comes forward with the charge that Columbus was no navigator, that he was no sailor, no captain, no hero, no conquistador -- nothing but a fraud, a profiteer, a slave dealer, a liar of no mean ability, a discoverer whose major achievements were in his imagination.

All this finding is in style with the newer trends of historical research -- to tear down any glamour that any man has acquired through the centuries. Defenders of Columbus will of course rush forward to clean the smudge from the shield of their idol, but it is really unnecessary. The accomplishment of the man, which can not be effaced by any besmirching of character, make his position secure.

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Happy Birthday America? (1976)

Since I was just a twinkle in my father's eye in 1976 (that's creepy-speak for "not born yet") I'm always amazed when I come across bizarre "down-but-not-out" advertisements celebrating the U.S. Bicentennial.

This ad for the Grand Prairie State Bank appeared in the July 4, 1976 Grand Prairie Daily News (Grand Prairie, TX). Are there any comparable ads being put out today, given the tough economic times we face?

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Dial 911 For Help! (1968)

Remember the days before 911? Neither do I.

This edition of the long-running strip Our New Age by Athelstan Spilhaus ran in the June 16, 1968 Progress-Index (Petersburg, VA)


You're Never Going to Get Married Without Colgate (1958)

Advertisement from the June 15, 1958 Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)


Because it's not smart to cancel on Mom (1977)

It's like a TiVo that always flashes "12:00."
November 2, 1977 Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba)


Ten Golden Rules (1931)

These "ten golden rules" for health and happiness appeared in the Dec 6, 1931 Daily Capital News and Post-Tribune (Jefferson City, MO).

1. Eat slowly.
2. Be Cheerful.
3. Brush Your Teeth Daily.
4. Learn Something Each Day - Do Your Best.
5. Avoid Contagious Diseases.
6. Qeep Clean - Body, Clothes, Mind.
7. Always Cover a Sneeze or Cough.
8. Drink at Least Four Glasses of Water Daily.
9. Sleep Eight Hours in a Well Ventilated Room.
10. Play Hard and Fair.


Boonson[?] quarter[?] [...] (1921)

Apparently this image confuses the Library of Congress as well. The title to this photo is listed as: "Boonson[?] quarter[?] [...]" Can anyone shed some light as to what's happening here? Is it a Bocce photo shoot?

You can download a high quality version of this image at the Library of Congress Prints and Photos website.


Working Wives Change? (1959)

The August 24, 1959 Tri-City Herald (Pasco, WA) ran this gem by Douglass Welch.
A prominent psychologist says that the working wife probably is not as much in love with her husband as her counterpart, the non-working wife. This is because she is not as much dependent upon him for her livelihood. And her workaday tasks require her to think of her boss, her job and her own relationship to the world of business.
The fact is, the working wife is more of a realist and less a romanticist. She has less need of continual reassurances that she is loved. And the woman who earns more than her husband may love him, but in time that love tends to become the kind you lavish on an awfully nice but ineffectual relative.
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For Tighter Marriage, Just Button Your Lip! (1959)