1940 Anti-FDR Button Featuring Alfred E. Neuman
The iconic image we know as Alfred E. Neuman actually predates the debut of “Mad Magazine” in 1954, and appeared in various incarnations dating back to the 19th century.
from Heritage Auctions (HA.com)
“The Mystery of the Hermetic Arts,” illstration from Speculum Sophicum Rhodo-Stauroticum by Theophilus Schweighardt (1618). The alchemist kneels before his smoldering censer in a tent reminiscent of the tent used by the Scythians to perform their cannabis purifications, as well as the tent containing the incense altar in the Hebrew’s Ark of the Covenant, and Esarhaddon’s incense tabernacle depicted on a stele from 8th century BCE.
‘It’s Great to Be Alive!’
Vintage Children’s Safety Manual, c.1950s
We’re going to die, children. Don’t hasten it by riding your bike in a foolish manner. Thus ends the lesson.
I had one of these growing up and I was such shit at it I literally have never heard one used for anything other than plonky, labored renditions of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in my living room. This is gorgeous.
I believe that, as a society writing e-mails and texts with our thumbs, we now may be really qualified to try a Kalimba.