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Like many holiday’s these days, we play the marketing game and buy, buy, buy everything they tell us and end up broke until January. Also, like many holidays, most people do not know the history and origins of many of our traditions. Here are some fun Halloween facts for you to get hip on and hopefully share with your kids so they also know what Halloween is all about!
Halloween’s roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their “Druid” religion, November 1st was New Years’ on their calendar. The celebration would begin on October 31st ,and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year, would rise up and roam the earth on this night. This is an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
- Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
- Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
Some people view Halloween as a time for fun, putting on costumes, trick-or-treating, and having theme parties. Others view it as a time of superstitions, ghosts, goblins and evil spirits that should be avoided at all costs.
As the Christian debate goes on, celebrating Halloween is a preference that is not always viewed as participating in an evil holiday. Halloween is often celebrated with no reference to pagan rituals or the occult.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
Have a safe and fun holiday season.
Many Victorian men where known for their mustaches. As a mater of fact they were judged by the size of their mustaches, so obviously this caused for embarrassing moments during tea time. 😉 So, the teacup for men was invented!
“The moustache cup is a drinking cup with a semicircular ledge inside. The ledge has a half moon-shaped opening to allow the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep moustaches dry. It is generally acknowledged to have been invented in the 1860s by British potter Harvey Adams (born 1835).
Moustaches flourished throughout the Victorian era. Often, moustache wax was applied to the moustache to keep it nice and stiff, with every hair in place. And therein lay a problem that cropped up when steaming hot cups of tea or coffee were carried up to the mouth for sipping: the steam melted the wax and sent it right into the cup. Another problem soon became apparent. Sipping hot tea or coffee, moustaches also often became stained. Finally, Harvey Adams, an innovative Englishman, in 1860 came up with an unusual invention, “the moustache cup”. The latter had a ledge, called a moustache guard, across the cup. The ledge had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup. The pampered moustache then rested safe and dry on the guard while sipping a hot beverage through the opening. The new invention spread all over the European continent and soon, every famous potter was making the new cups. A multiplicity of moustache cups were made by famous manufactories such as Meissen, Royal Crown Derby, Imari, Royal Bayreuth, Limoges and others. Each potter created his own version of this masculine tableware and the news of that invention soon spread to America.”
Big Bear City Airport proudly presents the Big Bear Airfair 2013 Celebrating 110 Years of Flight to be held Saturday August 24, 2013 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
The morning skies will be filled wiith the sights and sounds of vintage Warbirds, antique aircraft, and many others. Now in the 16th year, the Big Bear Air Fair continues to be on of Big Bear’s most exciting family entertainment events.
This one-day show attracts and estimated 8,000 spectators from all over to see static displays, sky divers, and more. Also on hand enjoy lots of vendors, aviation vendors, community group exhibits, military displays, and more. There will be a lot of new and exciting aircraft for this year’s Air Fair. The appearance of a pair of B-25s, P-47 Thunderbolt, F3F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, Mk XIV Spitfire and Zero are sure to be eye-catchers. There will also be television and movie stars flying-in. The B-25, “Executive Suite”, was seen in the movie Catch-22 and other aviation and entertainment media. The PT-17 seen in the TV show JAG will be here as well the PT-17 and Val (movie conversion) from the movie Pearl Harbor.
Classic cars will be displayed next vintage aircraft. A variety of vendors will have aviation regalia and representatives from community organizations will be present. There is food for any and all tastes along with tasty treats. For those of all ages there will be a full motion simulator, face paint along with spray and glitter tattoos and a balloon artist. Rides will be available in vintage aircraft and a helicopter.
Arrive early at 7:00AM for the Kiwanas pancake breakfast to start your day right. Fly-ins of all types are welcome.
Flappers were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Flappers had their origins in the liberal period of the Roaring Twenties, the social, political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of World War I, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe.
The slang word flapper, describing a young woman, is sometimes supposed to refer to a young bird flapping its wings while learning to fly. However, it may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean teenage girl, referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail flapped on her back; or from an older word meaning prostitute.
The slang word “flap” is known to have been used for a young prostitute as early as 1631. By the 1890s the word “flapper” was emerging in England as popular slang both for a very young prostitute, and in a more general – and less derogatory sense – of any lively mid-teenage girl.
In the 1920s, however, many Americans found the flapper incredibly threatening. Flappers represented a new moral order. Although they were the daughters of the middle class, they flouted middle-class values. They shrugged off their chaperones. Worse still, they danced suggestively and openly flirted with boys. Flappers prized style over substance, novelty over tradition, and pleasure over virtue.
This is my 100th post!! Time flies when you are having fun, and I still have tons of ideas to write about. Have no fear, I’m just getting warmed up with my blog. I appreciate all of the viewers and would like to remind you to please like the posts you enjoy most so I can see what my audience desires!! Thank you for all of your support and please, keep coming back for more!! I update several times a week.
NYC in 1913, 100 years ago!
Los Angeles 1913
San Francisco 1913
Newspapers from 1913
Facts from 1913:
- Darktown Follies opens in Harlem and helps to make Harlem a black cultural center.
- Billboard magazine publishes a list of the most popular vaudeville songs. It’s the predecessor to their trademark charts.
- First crossword puzzle appears in the New York World. See Crossword Puzzle Guide
Federal spending: $0.72 billion Consumer Price Index: 9.9 Unemployment: 4.3% Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02
Read more: Top News Stories from 1913 | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/year/1913.html#ixzz2ZVxCjo5u
For the first time, American motorists can drive coast-to-coast via the Lincoln Highway, which goes from New York’s Time Square to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, Calif.
The average house cost $5,935 Equivalent today: $131,171
The average car cost $600 Equivalent today: $13,261
James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor, first on stage, then in film, where he had his greatest impact. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances, he is best remembered for playing tough guys. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its 50 Greatest American Screen Legends.
To see all of his wonderful movies check out my most favorite reference site:
This pre-code film had me LOL over their risqué behavior and lame double standards!! It was still a very enjoyable and unbelievable film!!
While he goes out on the town, with his new, sultry secretary Kitty “Minty” Minter Patsy Ruth Miller, and, his new client, Diane O’Dare Laura La Plante, who wishes to divorce her husband for neglect. She is unaware that her husband, who is Felix, the Great Zero.
When Madeline Smith, Richard’s wife (Esther Ralston), returns early from her trip, Felix knows that the jig is up; or, is it.
It’s a question of who’s fooling who. Zero, angry at being played for a patsy by Smith, arranges for the maid to make a pass at Smith, who thinks Zero is Smith himself. After a series of events, Smith ends up chasing Zero with a loaded gun.
They know they’ll reform their ways, if any of them survive the night.
Exercise clothing of the era was either a cotton singlet with shorts or, going back a few more decades to the Victorian era of the late 1800s, the smart tailoring that would have been worn as day to day dress. Definitely not something comfortable…comfort for women has always seemed forbidden!
Passengers of the doomed Titanic, which sunk in 1912, on exercise bikes in the boat’s gymnasium wearing their extravagant cruise outfits, again, does not look very breathable or designed for comfort.
A woman demonstrating an exercise machine, known as the Gymo Frame.
I’m not sure how well these worked but whatever gets your heart pumping!! Hope you enjoyed!
Yes!! Once upon a time, women were found attractive with a little meat on their bones. There were actually advertisements giving women advice to gain weight for the summer. Since our society has completely turned around, I figured it would be nice to see some different ads for a change, check this out!