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Lost in Translation: Lard Vintage Ads

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I’m sure there is a logical explanation why anyone would think this slogan (“eat lard”) worth it the first time, let alone repeating… I just can’t think of one.

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For other ads lost in translation, click here.

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The Eighty-Dollar Champion

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I just came across this story, and knew it was a piece of history that needed to be “undusted”!  The Eighty-Dollar Champion, having inspired both two books and a film, was a white plow horse on the way to the slaughterhouse at the end of an unsuccessful auction.  Harry De Leyer, a Dutch immigrant to New York who fled the Nazi invasion of his home country, was running late to the auction due to a flat tire along the way.  When he got there, he and the white horse looked at each other through the slats of the slaughterhouse truck, and he knew that horse was special.  He bought the horse with the last eighty dollars he had, and the rest is, as they say, history.  Together, they broke into the world run by the wealthy elite owning thoroughbreds, and went on to beat all odds and all competitors.  To see a short trailer for the film, please click on the image below of Snowman and Harry.

Snowman, the Eighty-Dollar Champion - Credit, LIFE Magazine

Also, please check out Elizabeth Lett’s best-selling book, “The Eighty-Dollar Champion:  Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation“, and click on her name to see her sharing the history of her book!

Miss Beautiful, 1921 (International Women’s Day)

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Below are two images:  The first is the line-up for the 1921 Miss America pageant, and the second is the winner, Miss Margaret Gorman.  The first Miss America Beauty Pageant was calling a spade a spade:  What they try to pass off as a “scholarship” program nowadays is a sad joke; but in the line of women shown below, I see something else besides honesty:  Diversity.

Since the 1980s I really couldn’t tell you what the differences were between the winner and the losers – all have to fit a particular body type, height, & weight before they’ll even be accepted into the modern beauty pageant; they don’t even need talents – just a good producer mixing their vocals so they can lip-sync to the musical talent portion (my cousin was one such producer, so that’s straight from the horses’ mouth).

Back in 1921, however, the variety of candidates proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and each young lady was unique.  Personally, I think a primary ingredient in beauty has been stifled beneath the image that media tries to sell women:  Diversity.  This past week was the International Women’s Day, and I think it’s a good opportunity to remind each woman that uniqueness, not conformity to an impossible image, is beautiful.

1921 - First Miss America Pageant

Margaret Gorman, First Miss America (of 1921)

Margaret Gorman, First Miss America (of 1921) — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Snapshot in Time: 1939

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1939 - Kansas wheat, clothes for children so flowered print bags, washout labels

This photo from LIFE Magazine, 1939, shows Kansas wheat, of the Sunbonnet Blue Flour label.  Mothers sewed the flour bags into clothes for their children, so the bags were made in colourful prints with washout labels.  If only more companies today would make reusable packaging!  It may have just been the first commercial example of upcycling.

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