On this day: the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is Formed

Waaf Australian Auxiliary Air Force REcruitment Poster Second World War Two 1940s

Second World War recruitment poster.

Britain’s Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, whose members were known as WAAFs, was formed on the 28th of June, 1939, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Conscription of women began in 1941.

Women in the organisation worked in many fields, from parachute packing to meteorology, aircraft maintenance, and work with codes, in addition to catering and nursing.

Two WAAF cooks at an Royal Air Force aerodrome, following recipes for a hundred pies and a hundred scones. September 1940.

Two WAAF cooks at an Royal Air Force aerodrome, following recipes for a hundred pies and a hundred scones. September 1940. X

By 1943 over 2000 women were enlisting a week, bringing the force’s numbers to a peak of over 180 000.

At the end of the war numbers reduced significantly, and the WAAF was turned into the  Women’s Royal Air Force in 1949.

On this day: the opening of the Sands Hotel and Casino

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada opened on the 15th of December, 1952.

The Sands was one of the city’s famous hotels, regularly hosting stars like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The complex was demolished in 1996 and is now home to The Venetian.

This advertisement for The Sands appeared on the 27th of December, 1952.

Source

Sands_opening_ad_Billboard_1952Opening of the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas-ad in Billboard December 27, 1952.

On this day: a land sale in Brisbane

Given Terrace in Paddington West, Brisbane, Australia was sold by auction on the 22nd of November, 1884.

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The first land sale in the area took place in 1859, while a horse bus was introduced into this hilly part of the city in 1879. Today the suburb it is considered a desirable place to live in the capital city of the state of Queensland.

Below is the area less than twenty years after the land sale advertised above, circa 1902:

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On this day: the birthday of the Tootsie Roll

Vintage Tootsie Roll Advertisement

The famous American confection, the Tootsie Roll, was officially introduced on the 23rd of February, 1896.

Leo Hirshfield, the founder of Tootsie Roll Industries, migrated from Austria and introduced Tootsie Rolls to the candy industry on February 23, 1896 from a small store in Brooklyn, NY.

It was created by an Austrian immigrant named Leo Hirshfield, who began his business opening a small candy shop in Brooklyn, New York.

A circa 1918 advertisement celebrating troops coming home from World War One:

1918 Tootsie Roll advertisement celebrating American troops returning home from WWI

 

On this day: The Borovansky Ballet closed its doors in 1961

Jan Melvin and Joan Boler in the Dance of the Hours in Borovansky Ballet’s Coppélia. Though the company may have folded, it gave way to today’s Australian Ballet.

I would love to know what these costumes looked like in colour. I know the dance as the Waltz of the Hours, but no matter what you call it, it’s my favourite part of the entire ballet (which has three acts).

Jan Melvin and Joan Boler in the Dance of the Hours in Borovansky Ballet's Coppélia

Don’t you dare!

Here’s a vintage Christmas advertisement for Hoover. If anyone ever considers a vacuum cleaner an appropriate Christmas present for me they’ll be in big trouble!

It’s astonishing (or, sadly, not astonishing enough) how many vintage Christmas ads are all about: Buy your housewife things to clean with! Make your own life better by telling her housework is the best fun she’ll ever have!

However, if you take a look at today’s Mother’s Day and Christmas advertisements (for women) there’re a lot of ads for cleaning devices and the like. Maybe it’s just the wording that has changed in the marketing of presents “for women”!

Vintage Hoover Christmas Advertisement