Sign of the Times

I wonder if these were considered funny at the time. Or they were lame, even in 1909?


A Firm Answer
The Rev. Mr. Freuder, of Philadelphia, tells this story of himself.

Some time ago he was invited to dine at the house of a friend, whose wife went into her kitchen to give some final orders. Incidentally, she added to the servant, “We are to have a Jewish rabbi for dinner today.”

For a moment the maid surveyed her mistress in grim silence. Then she spoke with decision. “All I have to say is,” she announced, “if you have a Jewish rabbi for dinner, you’ll cook it yourself.”—Lippincott’s.

Why Homosexuals Resist Cure (Feb, 1964)

This article is interesting in what the author doesn’t say. He doesn’t say that homosexuality can or cannot be “cured”. He also doesn’t say it should be cured if it can be. He says it is “advisable” but there are a lot of ways to take that. And in the last paragraph he recommends liberalized sex laws.

In all it seems like a sort of big hypothetical to ease people into being slightly more understanding and compassionate towards gays.

Here is a scan of the article referenced at the end: “A Radically New Sex Law”.

Why Homosexuals Resist Cure

Some of the reasons that make it difficult to change homosexuals by psychotherapy.

by Donald Webster Cory and John P. LeRoy.

Mr. Cory is the well-known author of “The Homosexual in America” and editor of “Homosexuality: A Cross-Cultural Approach.”

Mr. LeRoy is a free-lance writer.

Amid a tangle of contradictory reports, there is a growing belief that homosexuality can be “cured” and that the homosexual can be changed — if he wants to be.



Uncle Sam is paying fortunes these days for uranium ore, and it’s easy to find, too. What are you waiting for?

By Lester David

ABOUT a year ago, a tall chap from Minneapolis l knocked at the door of the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters in Grand Junction, Col., and asked to see one of the staff scientists. Ushered into the office of Dr. Al Rasor, he said he’d heard a lot about uranium prospecting and would like to try his hand.

Blowing Off Steam (Sep, 1915)

These are pretty terrible jokes. I wonder if they were actually funny in 1915…

Blowing Off Steam

An Unofficial Source
City Editor—”What did you mean when you wrote, ‘The statement is semi-official?’ ”
Reporter—”Mrs. Blinks wouldn’t talk, so I got the story from her husband.”—Philadelphia Public Ledger.

Glimpses of of Men in the Public Eye (May, 1929)

Glimpses of of Men in the Public Eye

WHEN, a little more than ten years ago, Edward R. Armstrong first propounded his idea of building a series of great floating airdromes and anchoring them at intervals across the Atlantic to provide way stations for a regular flying service between America and Europe, the public regarded it as a fantastic dream. Aviation experts took the idea more seriously. Armstrong’s words, as consulting engineer in charge of mechanical and chemical experimental development for the Du Pont company, carried authority. Still, realization of the project was considered a thing of the dim future.

Uncle Sam’s New Ocean Empire (Jun, 1938)

And three years later Japan gave us their response.(video)

Uncle Sam’s New Ocean Empire



WITH the recent landing of colonists on sun-baked Canton and Enderbury Islands in the mid-Pacific, Uncle Sam launches a momentous program to extend his domains.

Naval supremacy in the Far East, leadership in bridging the Pacific with commercial airways, ownership of vast new stores of mineral treasure—all these are at stake in the first major move to hoist the American flag over new land since we purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark in 1917.

Experts Pick 1951’s Biggest Science News (Dec, 1951)

Cortisone addiction is no allegory.  The movie of Bigger Than Life was based on a 1955 New Yorker article titled “Ten Feet Tall” written by Berton Roueché who also wrote the 1980 book Medical Detectives which became one of the inspirations for the House TV series.

Experts Pick 1951’s Biggest Science News

What was the biggest news from the laboratories and workshops of the scientists this year?

If you were to ask 10 of America’s best-known science reporters—as Popular Science has done—you would get 10 different answers to this question.

The 10 journalists to whom the question was put are pictured below. All of them are members of the National Association of Science Writers. They cover science news the way Washington correspondents cover politics and police reporters cover crime. They have spent the past year interviewing scientists, attending scientific meetings and studying scientific reports to obtain the news of science for the readers of the newspapers, press associations and magazines that they represent. The stories that they consider this year’s biggest news are summarized in the article that follows.

Impotence vs. the Marriage Contract (Oct, 1964)

The parties slept together but the wife habitually wrapped her night clothes and bedding around her and absolutely refused all sexual intercourse. The court, although somewhat baffled by the facts, allowed an annulment, saying that the wife’s unusual conduct pointed to some sort of incapacity, arising from nervousness, hysteria or unconquerable fear.

Think about the mindset that allows a husband a divorce when the wife refuses sex but would not let her get one because she didn’t want to have sex with him.

“The New York court said that it made no difference what the husband had said before the marriage concerning his sexual potency, because an offer of marriage by a man is as good as saying that he is potent.”

“One problem in making this kind of decision is the fact that women — unlike men — do not have to perform any active physical function in coitus.”

Despite of all the conservative idiocy about marriage in our national dialog(s), we have still come a long way forward when it comes to marriage.

Also, it seems that most of the issues presented here could have been solved by premarital sex.

Impotence vs. the Marriage Contract

Inability to perform sexual intercourse can sometimes annul a new marriage.

by John Warren Giles, LL.B.
A practicing member of the bar, Mr. Giles was formerly Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America and the University of Kansas.

Can a marriage be annulled because the husband is impotent? Or because the wife is unable to engage in sexual intercourse?

In many states, laws provide that a marriage may be annulled on the ground of sexual inability of either spouse. In such cases the courts have the power to require either or both of the parties to submit to a physical examination.

Tibet – Golden Roof of the World (Nov, 1950)

This article is a total piece of garbage. It would be better titled: “Tibet: how can we steal all the gold and screw the populace over before the commies do. Crap, we can’t!”

Tibet – Golden Roof of the World

In the sacred soil of ancient Tibet, nestled high in the great Himalaya Mountains, lie millions of tons of gold—waiting for the world to discover it.

By Harrison Forman

FANTASTIC Tibet could be the site of the greatest gold rush in all history!

I have seen tons of gold there. Yes, literally tons of it! I have seen whole rooftops of Tibetan temples and shrines heavily sheeted with gold. Giant golden Buddhas sat in these temples’ murky interiors with massive incense burners and altar pieces of solid gold. I have seen libraries of sacred Buddhist scripture whose dog-eared volumes were bound with bands of pure gold.

THE AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE: “Proudest profession of them all” (Nov, 1954)

Brought to you by Romney for America.*

* Of course poor stay at home moms are lazy freeloaders who have no pride.

THE AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE: “Proudest profession of them all”

Here’s how Jeanne Ludlow, Philadelphia mother of four, answers “marriage experts” who give advice on how to escape the “dull” duties of a housewife


Professional bemoaners not only lambaste the American housewife, they also explain sympathetically how she deteriorated into being part drudge, part soap-opera addict—and why, when she goes to a party, she’s likely to drink too much. The housewife has been told she has been grievously wronged by civilization’s social pattern—her budding premarriage talents crushed by child care and domestic routine.