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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

BACK IN THE DAY

~~BACK IN THE DAY~~
FROM RETRONAUT.COM

Hippo cart
March 1924


“After considerable coaching at the hands of an animal trainer, “Lotus,” a circus hippopotamus enjoying winter quarters in California, was taught to haul a two-wheeled cart. A V-shaped tongue attached to a broad band around the creature’s back made traces unnecessary. A bridle of strong leather with the reins attached to the jaws completed the harness, and aided in directing the “river horse” which seemed to enjoy its “stunt” as it walked to its pool and back.”
 - Modern Mechanix
Crocodile Cart
circa 1900

Windmills for sale, World Fair, St Louis
circa 1904

Giant Typewriter at the World’s Fair
circa 1940
 
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