Reader submission: "I pray you never get scaly leg": Blake Stough of Preserving York writes: "Up until now, I never really looked closely at the image of the lady with the hand that doesn't seem to go with her body. I have a different theory of how it came to be. I feel there may be a man crouching behind her, and out of the camera's view, who is holding the chicken for her. Just my thoughts, but a possibility." (Editor's note: Our in-depth analysis of this 1922 photo and it's likely manipulation has become one of my favorite things on this blog.)
Coupons from the E.H. Koester Bakery Co.: Jeannine (Deville) McCarrick writes: "My father, Dillard 'Frenchie' Deville, worked for Koester's from 1954 until they sold it to Schmidt's in 1977. (He was one of the few men that Schmidt's kept on as salesmen.) Dad loved his job and was often the company's top salesman. Koester's was very good to my father. I was born in 1963 and as a toddler my photo won a company contest as the 'Koester Baby', or something like that...I'm looking for the paperwork/certificate to prove it! I have a plaque that was awarded to my Dad in his 9th year of employment with the twins logo on it...I've got fond memories growing up of ALWAYS having fresh bread in the house and I always wanted to ride to work with my father in his bread truck, but he always told me he couldn't do that...instead, he let me go grab the packet of bread off the truck! Thanks for the warm memories of Koesters!!!"
Delving into Henry K. Wampole & Company: Sabra Smith writes: "Ah, how the internet takes us down lanes and paths! I'm putting together a chronology of the architectects Schermerhorn & Phillips in an effort to save a local 1917 school building they designed. In 1906 it appears they designed a factory building for Mr. Wampole... but as you note above, he killed himself. I'm beginning to wonder about these architects.... in 1902 they were designing a house for a Mr. Acuff who suddenly dropped dead due to 'paralysis of the heart.' Thanks for sharing your Wampole insights!"
An all-star lineup of Camel smokers from 1954: Mel Kolstad of Ephemeraology writes: "WOWIE!! Look at how young Mickey Mantle is - I didn't recognize him! It's so weird to see cigarette ads like this - and how odd is it that something so ubiquitous has turned so 'evil' in a very short amount of time? Growing up ALL of my friends' parents smoked, including mine. I'd love to go back in time and be able to smell what our schoolrooms smelled like, not to mention restaurants and other people's homes. Yet I don't recall being bothered by the smoke smell as a kid."
Over 1,000 tested and proved ideas for making money at home*: Jeffrey Smith writes: "Don't be too quick to write off the mail order ideas. The 50's and 60's were the golden age of mail order, and I remember knowing and dealing with people who turned hobbies into extra income that way. Advertising was cheap, even in the dozens of nationwide specialty magazines. I remember being fascinated by things like '10 old postcards for $1.00' or 'tumbled gemstones for 10 cents each.' To be honest, I rather miss them."
Top of an old box of Tiddledy Winks: JT Anthony of A Pretty Book writes: "In a non-disparaging tone, I must ask, 'There's a North American Tiddlywinks Association with a song committee?' Oh the things you learn on Papergreat."
Advertisements from 1891 issue of North American Review: Vince Gotera writes: "Thanks for posting a link to this in our Facebook group 'Friends of the North American Review.' To clinch the date of this issue, you can browse Cornell University Library's 'Making of America' website, where all the 19th-century NAR issues are available on screen. Oh, incidentally, I've also posted a link to this blog post in the NAR's Facebook page. Thanks again!"