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This week’s prompt inspired me to look for images of strange inventions. I happen to be rewind a book called TheWonderful Future that Never Was, which is full of cool, quirky devices. (I’ll review that book, when I finish it.)

These wacky inventions do have purpose and whimsy, but when they were first made, I assume the inventor was serious.

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Source: Nationaal Archief at the Hague

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Popular Science Monthly (via Internet Archive)

I guess roller blades won out.

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Radio hat, Nationaal Archief

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Rubber Boat Boots from National Archief

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I think bicycles are one of the most pleasant forms of transportation and exercise.

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Illustration from “Wheels and Cycling,” 1888

I like the illustration above as a work of art.

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Palace Emporium, New South Wales, 1899

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William Wheatley Collection, n.d.

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Motobike that turns into a motosled! 1902

My favorite that I found on Flickr Commons is this bike that you can turn into a sled. Talk about ingenuity.

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Down under it’s warm and people can swim outdoors. Here are some images from the past who show us swimming way back when. If you would like to see more responses to this prompt, visit the links on Sepia Saturday.

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Mrs. Whitehead’s Life Saving Team, 1906, Australia National Maritime Museum

Tea break at the Holborn Oasis - an outdoor swimming pool in London, 1955

Tea Time at the Pool, London, 1955

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Pier Club Mom, Surfers, 1932

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This prompt has inspired me to find and share photos of couples.

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My Favorite. National Library of New South Wales, circa 1939

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Source: LlGCNLW, circa 1945

Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra singing “Tea for Two and Two for Tea.” I didn’t know all the lyrics. Then they sing a medley that’s delightful.

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National Library of Denmark, n.d.

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National Library of Ireland, 1911

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This week I’ll dig around and share some family portraits I’ve found. First a couple of my family.

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Kelly – Stahl Clan, Christmas Eve 2017

 

You may notice the funny glasses and the kids in what look like garbage bags. One of our traditions is to exchange gag gifts. This year we all got funny glow-in-the-dark glasses. All the kids got “Sauna Suits,” which were black plastic suits that make you sweat and possibly lose weight.

Here are some photos from the Flickr Commons:

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Field Museum, South American Expedition, 1923

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Source: Library of Virginia, n.d.

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Japanese ambassador to Germany & Family, circa 1912. Source: Library of Congress

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Source: Library of Virginia, n.d.

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