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German guns pounding Dover, WWII.


That's a British 3.7 Inch AA gun.
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Mug Shot from News Castle, PA Police Department: Gerald Schooley was 19 on the fourth of July, 1940, when, as a protest against Pennsylvania’s ban on fireworks, he spent an hour trying to set fire to cars in his neighborhood. Four cars were destroyed. He was given a two-year suspended sentence.

I guess the reason I find vintage mugshots interesting is that it shows us how our ideas of what life was like for earlier generations are often wrong. This incident happened during WWII, at a time when our popular conception of small town life was that people were all spending time selling war bonds and collecting for the scrap metal drive. Instead, this dingbat was protesting a fireworks ban by torching cars. People have been doing the kind of crazy out of control things we think of as modern behavior throughout history- like the woman (probably drunk, and maybe stoned) who dumped the oil cans out in the service station. If you were to look at the constable's recorfs for colonial Pennsyvlvania, you'd probably find some 19 year old in the middle of the Revolutionary War who set fire to his neighbor's horse-cart because he looked at him funny. 

Even the kid's shirt seems a little anachronistic for the era - it looks like something from the 1960s. Like those photos of people in the 1940s who seem weirdly out pf place by their dress in a crowd scene, who might be time travellers.

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Dr. Oilver Sacks, neurobiologist and author of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat", does a full squat with 600 pounds, setting a state record back in 1961.

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Sad to say, he has terminal cancer and won't be with us much longer.

Err hate to break it to you but he died today Phone Post 3.0

Really? Shit, sorry to hear that. 

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29th August 1936: "St John’s Ambulancemen handing out oatmeal drinks in the heat at the football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park."

Oatmeal drinks?

I'd swear that was Alfalfa from the Our Gang movies just to the left of the highest bucket.

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Chorus girls from the show ‘Sauce Tartare’ at the Cambridge Theatre in London, keep cool on the roof of the theatre with a block of ice, 28th June 1949. From left to right, they are Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993), Enid Smeedon and Aud Johanssen of Norway.

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19th April 1952: 19 year old usherette Margaret Lewis from Carmaethen, Wales, who lives in Kensington, caused a stir in Piccadilly when she decided to beat the heat wave and travel to work clad only in bikini and high heels.

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Mug Shot from News Castle, PA Police Department: Katie Payne was arrested for “felonious cutting” on 26 October, 1934. She had used a razor to slash the face of a woman who was having an affair with her husband. She and her husband remained married until they died, within months of each other, in 1963.

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Is it me, or were people in the past decidedly uglier than they are now?
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1912: Franz Reichelt attempts a Base Jump from the Eiffel Tower and falls to his death.


 

You'd think he could of tested it out with a dummy first.


He did.
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Ex-Nazi rocket scientist and U.S. "Paperclip" Wernher Von Braun First rank, from left to right, General Dr Walter Dornberger (partially hidden), General Friedrich Olbricht (with Knight’s Cross), Major Heinz Brandt, and Wernher von Braun (in civil garment) at Peenemünde, in March 1941.

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Granpa - Is it me, or were people in the past decidedly uglier than they are now?

Poorer nutrition for many people, orthodontia was unknown, people worked outside a lot more so the UV rayes weathered their faces more...but faces back then just seemed to have a distinctive look to them. When you see actors in the current day playing people in the 1930s and 1940s it often doesn't look right.

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More of Bill Donovan's "Paperclips": After their surrender, a group of German rocket scientists pose with members of the US 7th Army, 44th Infantry Division, near Oberammergau, Germany, May 2, 1945. Among those pictured are Dieter Huzel (1912 – 1994) (left center, in leather longcoat and hat) and, continuning left, Magnus von Braun (1919 – 2003) (left, in leather longcoat and no hat), Major General Walter Dornberger (1895 – 1980), Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Axster (1899 – 1991), Wernher Von Braun (1912 – 1977) (arm in cast), Hans Lindenberg and Bernhard Tessmann (1912 – 1998).

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1st August 1911: Men sleeping on the sands at Westcliff to escape the nighttime heat during a British heatwave.


It was so hot, people slept on the beach. But not so hot, that people would take off their suits to sleep
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Dr. Oilver Sacks, neurobiologist and author of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat", does a full squat with 600 pounds, setting a state record back in 1961.

Badass Phone Post 3.0

Sad to say, he has terminal cancer and won't be with us much longer.

Err hate to break it to you but he died today Phone Post 3.0

Really? Shit, sorry to hear that. 


Blue name please:

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RIP Oliver Sacks
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1st August 1911: Men sleeping on the sands at Westcliff to escape the nighttime heat during a British heatwave.


It was so hot, people slept on the beach. But not so hot, that people would take off their suits to sleep
It doesn't make sense. Phone Post 3.0
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Granpa - Is it me, or were people in the past decidedly uglier than they are now?

Poorer nutrition for many people, orthodontia was unknown, people worked outside a lot more so the UV rayes weathered their faces more...but faces back then just seemed to have a distinctive look to them. When you see actors in the current day playing people in the 1930s and 1940s it often doesn't look right.


Something else that may have contributed to how those men looked: The average male back than had a noticeably higher testosterone level than a male born in the past 20-30 years.

Several studies have been done. One showed that a man born in 1970 had about 20 percent less testosterone at age 35 than a man of his father’s generation at the same age.

Two later major studies have confirmed the phenomenon, one in U.S. men and another in Danish men. In the U.S. study, the total testosterone levels measured in men’s blood dropped approximately 22% between 1987 and 2004.



Huh.

That would explain I have so much higher testosterone than the current generation.

I've heard the estrogenizing effects of diet posited as a cause for this, but maybe we're just breeding less masculine men. 

Don't know if it's related, but there was a study that found that women when they were ovulating were most attracted to very masculine looking, musular, confident men - but when not ovulating, the same women were more attracted to men with slim builds, more woman-like features, and more diffident personality types. Maybe back in earlier generations that wasn't the case.

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Gary Dahl, inventor of the Pet Rock:

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1st August 1911: Men sleeping on the sands at Westcliff to escape the nighttime heat during a British heatwave.


It was so hot, people slept on the beach. But not so hot, that people would take off their suits to sleep
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I know. It looks like a mass-murder scene.

People back then wore ties as part of their normal attire, I guess. Cowboys often wore ties, something you don't often see in westerns. Service station attendants wore ties when I was a kid. Things were more formal back then, and if you went out, you often wore a tie, even if you were lower class.

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Harvey Ball, creator of the Smiley Face.

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Josh Reynolds, inventor of the Mood Ring.

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stevezur - 
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1912: Franz Reichelt attempts a Base Jump from the Eiffel Tower and falls to his death.


 

You'd think he could of tested it out with a dummy first.


Think of it as the rest of us testing it with him as the dummy.