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Spanking Machine, 1912

In the era of corporal punishment and children’s sore bottoms, the search was on for the invention of an effective spanking machine. American Professor of theoretical mechanics, Duff Andrew, invented one in 1912. The...

Fels-Naptha Soap Advert, 1903

A 1903 advert for Fels-Naptha, a laundry soap. This is a nicely poetic demonstration of how text-based graphic design could be used to grab attention in a newspaper advert.

Women’s Facial Hair Removal, 1914

A lovely little advert from 1914 for women’s facial hair removal. The “Ejecthair” system makes big promises – “It not only causes the hairs to instantly vanish, but without pain or harm kills the...

Aunt Kate’s Postbag, 1916

I always love a problem page, and it doesn’t matter if it’s from the latest issue of a magazine or a publication 100 years ago. I’m not the only one – my post on...