Saturday, May 22, 2021

Today -100: May 22, 1921: A collar leads to a collar

Poet-Aviator Gabriele d’Annunzio’s former followers in Fiume have evidently formed hit squads and are assassinating Autonomists who won last month’s election.

Fugitive former Florida Gov. Sidney Catts is arrested on those peonage and bribery charges when an eagle-eyed clothing store clerk in Albany, Georgia notices the initials SJC in a customer’s discarded collar and calls the police. While being escorted by those police, Catts reaches in his pocket for a lead-filled billy (a truncheon-type thing). He says it’s a valued gift from a friend and he certainly wasn’t thinking of slugging a cop and going on the lam.

A London bootmaker’s shop is using an x-ray machine you stick your feet into to determine how well a shoe fits. The store claims the device uses too little radiation to make your foot actually fall off. This (unnamed in the article) store may be the first to have done this stupid thing, but the practice continued for decades.

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  1. Foot x-ray machines in shoe stores were still very common in England until at least the early 1950s. Many a time have I stood peering down at my feet and seeing my bones. It was actually quite fun.