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Victorian tea cups for men??! Who knew?

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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. ūüėČ So, the teacup for men was invented!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustache_cup

“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.”

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Silent Movie Time Capsule: Battle of the Bobbed Hair

so controversial!

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Ladies! Do you realize that by bobbing your hair you are suggesting that you are a man’s intellectual equal? Gracious! How could such a calamity come upon us? (Fans self) Next thing you know, women will be going to college and becoming doctors and lawyers!

Curse you, barbers!

This 1924 article from Photoplay gives the skinny on the scandalous cutting of a woman’s crowning glory. I particularly enjoyed what the stars had to say about the matter. (If it was really them, that is.)

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Did you miss the Doo Dah??!

I went again this year to the best parade around in Pasadena, CA.  Both of my kids one aged 7, the other aged 13, had a great time and that does not happen often!  On top of checking out all of the fun participants, you get to throw tortillas at them.  What else could you ask for??!  Here are some pictures I have collected via Google search as my lovely camera battery went dead right when we got there and I got NOTHING!!

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GAIN weight for the summer??

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!

Times have changed: These adverts for Wate-on, a supplement that can help people out on weight, imply that being skinny will make you unpopular and unattractive

Weighty issue: This advert from The Strand Magazine offers advice on how to how to improve your life by 'putting on flesh'Celebrating curves: According to this advert, it's no fun being skinny and underweight people 'hate the summer'

 


Fun and Funky Vintage

Sometimes I like to just to a search for all things weird and old, today I found these:

Victorian thriller? haha

Victorian batman? or devil

1910 electrical bath? wow

1911 first diving suit