Did you know there was actually a ‘Face-book’ in 1902? This newspaper article was originally published in a U.K. newspaper called the Western Times, describing a book in which ‘everyone who comes to stay has to draw a face in… however badly, and sign his name underneath’
During WWII, soldiers were known to take precious family photos (and Pinup Girl photos) and put them under clear grips on their 1911 pistols – called Sweetheart Grips. Many of the grips were made from pieces of broken plastic windows from bombers.
Back in 1911, Imogene Rechtin led a campaign against kissing, as leader of the World’s Health Organization (which, to clarify, had nothing to do with the UN’s World Health Organization, founded in 1948). Her followers wore buttons that read, “Kiss Not.” One newspaper at the time remarked, “Judging by the facial features of the presidentess of the cult appearing in the public prints, she is immune without wearing the button.”
According to the New York Business Journal, the Campbell Soup Co. has recently dramatically increased its marketing budget with the launch of a multimedia ad campaign centered around a boy with a long beard (“The Wisest Kid in the Whole World”) who advises people to have soup.
Recently some folks at the New York Public Library discovered a box containing old reference questions from the 1940s to 1980s. They’re posting the questions to their Instagram account, noting, “we were Google before Google existed.”
Balloonfest’86 was a publicity stunt in which the United Way of Cleveland released 1.4 million balloons over the city. The balloons tied up highway and air traffic, caused lawsuits seeking millions in damages, and interfered with a Coast Guard search for two boaters who were later found drowned.