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Suits Made from Paper


A New York Times article from August 4, 1920 describes how Great Britain was importing a large quantity of men’s suits from Germany because they were much lower in cost to purchase. All of these suits were fashioned in the latest English styles of the day.

An entire suit could be purchased for between $0.46 and $1.95 each ($6-$25 today), which, according to the article, meant that a man could buy a new German suit every week for an entire year and the total cost would be less than 1 British-made woolen suit.

There was one big catch, however: The low-cost suits were made of paper.

1931 advertisement for wool suits.
Advertisement for wool suits that appeared on page 131 of the March 31 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Thief Becomes Clerk at Drugstore

It was reported that three men robbed Heights Pharmacy on February 22, 1923.  The store was located at St Nicholas Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. Two of the men kept clerk David Neuberger busy while the third snagged druggist Dr. Abraham N. Horowitz as he emerged from the basement of the store after getting some drugs to fill prescriptions. Continue Reading
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340 lb Santa Stuck in Chimney


On Christmas Day of 1920, the three children of New York Alderman Frank J. Dotzler were caught trying to sneak a peek at Santa while he was delivering their gifts.  

So, Dotzler dressed up as Santa, filled a pack with gifts, and decided to descend their home’s chimney.  Unlike the real Santa, Dotzler’s 340-pound mass got stuck about half-way down the chimney.  

He was forced to yell for help.  A bricklayer was called in to remove the portion of the chimney around Dotzler and the bag of gifts was tossed to the ground.  

The moral of this story:  Leave the work of heading down the chimney to the real Santa.

Lost Coat Found


An amazing coincidence was told in the news on May 23, 1932.  While on a flight from Russia back in November of 1920, a man named Alexis Davidoff gave his trench coat to someone in need.

What happened to that coat after that is unknown, but imagine his surprise when he saw that same coat being worn by actress Miriam Hopkins eleven years later while Davidoff was serving as the technical director on the movie set for “The World, the Flesh, the Devil.”

Apparently, the wardrobe department at Paramount Studios had been purchasing garments from Russian refugees for the past decade and his coat was among the several hundred they had obtained.