Cameo’s Alligator Woman had to start somewhere…
Toddler with a group of reptilian friends at The Luna Park Alligator Farm in Lincoln Heights, California – c. 1920s
A vintage photograph of Alice White, taken by Elmer Fryer in 1929. Here White wears the stunning boots and costume of a pirate girl as she wore in the opening musical sequence of the pre-code musical Playing Around.
In case you just thought candy cigarettes were just a thing from your childhood, know that they are much much older. Exhibit A, this vintage Gold Tip Gum package.
Made by The Sterling Mint Co., these 5 cent boxes of gum, in four flavors, date back to the 1920s — but were also used through the 1940s. And they look pretty awesome in their original store display stand. (
I’m giving mine away on Listia.)
If the “gold tip” part doesn’t convince you this is cigarette gum, check out what’s written inside the lid of the flip-top box:
The Aristocrat of Gums
Ten 5 cent Sticks
Bessie Love, as a burlesque clown. Perhaps the only clown that, while a tad creepy, isn’t scaring me to death.
Long Beach, California; circa 1920.
We don’t always wish to be remembered for our costumes… Would you be proud to discover your ancestor in this vintage Halloween photo, circa 1920s? Wouldn’t you prefer to remain ignorant to grandpa in blackface? I’d prefer he was the gas-mask wearing guy. But never ever the horn-playing clown. I’m fine, however, with cross-dressing grandma. I have plenty of those in my family tree. (I’m pretty sure I posted pics of that somewhere… But I couldn’t find them, even with Google’s help. Bummer.)
Photo via Lynnstudios.
The Isolator by Hugo Gernsback, as it appeared on the cover of, and the pages in between, the July 1925 issue of Science and Invention.
While Attention Deficit Order, with or without hyperactivity, isn’t mentioned (it didn’t exist as a diagnosis back then), The Isolator was designed to help focus the mind, particularly when reading and writing (literacy is hard work!). The helmet not only eliminated all outside noise, limited sight to just one line of text at a time, but it also pumped in oxygen. From the looks of it, the contraption would also assist in limiting hyperactivity by limiting movement, or, between weight and limited visibility, it would at least slow you down.
So many bright ideas; so many hats. The Illuminants, Ziegfeld Follies Midnight Frolic; Via.
It’s the Philbin Sisters, circa 1926. But we’re certain these girls were real shakers.