Vintage Beauty

“I’m so sick and tired of everyone calling me a dog. ‘Look at that Enid,’ they all say. ‘What a dog.’ So I’m getting my hair done, then a manicure, and then — look out, world, it’s a brand new me!”

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A dog with its fur set in curlers at George Constantinides’ hairdressing salon on Hornsey Road, London, December 1968. (Photo by Paul Fievez/BIPS/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Via Gizmodo.

Luck, Be a Lady Tonight

Can you believe this koo-koo mutt over here? I get two pair, he gets three of a kind. I get a straight, he gets a flush! This keeps up, I’m gonna have to put in another week at the Copa Room just to pay off this dirty dog! What’s his secret?

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Via Buzzfeed.

Vintage Cliché Spoiler

For countless generations, anyone expressing incredulity or skepticism could rely upon the phrase “I’ll believe that when pigs fly.” By absurdly granting the common pig, perhaps that most earthbound of animals, the gift of flight, the maxim became a plainspoken, potent expression of the impossible.

And then this happened.

Great Career Changes in History

Walt Disney often said his media empire “all started with a mouse.” But it almost never started at all. Strange as it may sound, Disney originally aspired to be an exterminator, with a novel business plan: training cats to hunt mice. The plan unraveled when Disney learned that cats already knew how, but not until he had created a series of elaborate training diagrams that would change his life — and film history — forever.


Via Shorpy.

Vintage G’day

Australia, 1942:  A visiting American soldier comments on how much smaller the rats are compared to his native Brooklyn.

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More classic cuteness from Flickr Commons.

Vintage ResQte

From the Smithsonian Institution comes this very old photo, along with a heartwarming story of a dog who rode the rails:

Owney was a stray dog who wandered into the Albany, New York, post office in 1888. The clerks let him stay the night, and he fell asleep on a pile of empty mailbags. Owney was attracted to the texture or scent of the mailbags and began to follow them, first onto mail wagons and then onto mail trains. Owney began to ride with the bags on Railway Post Office (RPO) train cars across the state, and then the country. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags from his stops on his collar


Via Flickr Commons, collections of the world’s photo archives.

Vintage Sleight-of-Paw

In the heady days of vaudeville, one of the more unusual acts was the Whisker Sisters, a magic act consisting of a pair of kittens. Audiences loved them, even though their ability to guess the selected card was at the level of statistical chance.


Date unknown, from the National Archives, Netherlands. Via Flickr Commons.

Update: By request, here’s a link to the photo’s page, which has a little more info.

More updates: Nikki calls Rule 14, and someone corrects my spelling of “sleight.”

Vintage Cat in the Hat

Once, long ago, some girl dropped a bonnet,
And a curious kitten crawled in and upon it.
‘Twas 1885, that’s quite a while,
So only the kitten is still in style.

Image from George Eastman House via The Commons on Flickr.

Vintage Overboard

“Hey, guys? Could somebody throw me one of those — oh, what are they called? — those rescuing things? Oh, you know, the round things with the hole. Um, it’s named just like the candy? Totally drawing a blank here; it’s not Necco Wafers, I know that… Now I’ve got the word preserver stuck in my head, so it must be that candy with lots of preservatives… Man, it’s right on the tip of my tongue…”

Paris Exposition: ship, Paris, France, 1900 from Flickr Commons. (And yes, we know Life Savers were invented in 1912.)

Vintage Cannon Fodder

Way back in your great-great-grandfather’s days in the Navy, it was customary for sailors to pose the ship’s mascot in one of the big guns. Don’t worry, they weren’t loaded. (The guns, that is. The sailors, that’s another story.)

Images from Flickr Commons: The ship’s cats, HMS ‘Hawkins’ (top) and A cat on HMAS Encounter

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