I realize that most of us had to stem our woodcarving budgets to almost nothing under this economy. But back in 1946, when James Watson Webb and his fantastically-named wife, Electra (which is more fun to say than Alexa) sat down in their posh residence on the North Shore of Long Island, only the most desirable location at the time, trees were plenty, and money was no object.
JW was no commoner, no basic blogger like you or I. Nay, he was born into greatness. His mother was a Vanderbilt, his grandfather an ambassador to Brazil under Lincoln. So he did things neither you nor I could do: graduate from Yale, found a brokerage firm, play on the American polo team, serve in the House of Representatives. Do you feel like a loser yet?
Electra herself was the daughter of a sugar tycoon, and she spent her days on buying sprees, snatching up bits of Americana and brilliant craftsmanship (like those above) to add to her collections. Everything from paintings to quilts to New England furniture. At the tender age of 18, she bought a wooden cigar store Indian for $25 and named it Mary O’Connor after one of her favorite family servants. What others at the time would have called tobacco store junk was art in the eyes of Electra.
The year after the above shot was taken, she established the Shelburne Museum, a home for her treasures, and became a pioneer in preserving remnants of early Americana. It houses the SS Ticonderoga, a passenger steamship, an 1890s rail car, a light house, and various sleighs and carriages. Aren’t the grounds lovely? They even have an apothecary shop!
Mary O’Connor eventually wound up on the other side of the country, in the California home of her son, J. Watson Webb, Jr. As he had no children of his own, one wonders where Mary is now. The museum?
Here you see Horace offering his armpit to Shirley, who tries her best to look unimpressed, though the combination of pineapple pulp, hibiscus, and Polynesian breeze are an intoxicating aphrodisiac indeed. Phillip, downwind of him, seems overcome by the pheromones.
Don’t look now, but the fumes of anti-perspirant have attracted the coeds from down the hall! Everyone’s up for Aloha Fresh.
While tiki torches burn, Raynard and Viv spark it up. Aloha Fresh neutralizes that irritating side smoke, and even the stench of cheap domestic beer.
The truth is, no one wants to believe he or she has an issue with odor. But we’ve all been in cabs. It’s real. Better safe than sorry. Shouldn’t you be Aloha Fresh today?
What could be sadder than Prolon-induced pig anxiety? Perhaps hooves clutching a wishbone of a fellow creature? Who cares? Hitler is dead!
All of today’s ads come to us from the summer of 1946, when the country was just beginning to get back on her feet. The war was in the past, and so was hog bristle. In this new age, science was the winner, and pigs vs prophylactic Prolon made good copy.
But not as good as a head of youthful, vibrant, slick hair that caught a young lady’s eye. Watch as his locks emanate vitality.
And speaking of crushes, why not try Orange Crush, filled with the juice of tree-ripened Valencia oranges? Yes, that’s right. Actual juice in the bottle, as well as pulp!
Not a fan of orange? Then pause to refresh with Hires. Cheers to silly puns! Now let me dig, woman.
Not a soda person? Maybe a Bloody Mary is in your future. Make it sing with A-1, the dash that makes the dish!
After all that imbibing, it’s time to wind down, head to the parlor, and listen to some Big Band on the Crosley radio. Perhaps make room for a cooling after-dinner mint. Everyone’s heard of Richardson’s mints. U-All-No!
I’m sorry, what? Did you just say “won’t harm humans”? That’s right, folks. Our friend DDT was approved by the FDA in 1945 as safe, safe, safe. And we believed them because the FDA was supposed to research and vet and do all its due diligence. But sometimes, you have to wait years for awful, carcinogenic side effects to creep up. And they did! The FDA waited until 1972 to put the ix-nay on it. So maybe think twice next time the government mandates/forces/strongly encourages you to trust the FDA, especially if they’re in a hurry.
At least it killed silverfish, like it promised.
Companies don’t often know exactly what they’re peddling, and collateral damage happens. Just remember, no entity or person (despite funding the NIH and Wuhan lab) has all the answers. Some things take years to uncover.
Let’s just be happy that the FDA does eventually recall items, often due to “undeclared allergens” but also to being packaged in what appear to be drink containers. Didn’t they know that before they sent them out? It’s important to keep Americans safe. So how often do they recall? Always. In fact, a month doesn’t go by that they don’t recall items. Let’s look at just a portion of what was recalled over three months just this year:
July 2021 FDA Recalls
GENOSYL DS; Nitric Oxide Delivery System has been recalled by Vero Biotech due to software error.
Twelve Lots of CHANTIX® (Varenicline) Tablets have been recalled by Pfizer due to N-Nitroso Varenicline content above ADI level.
NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® Aerosol Sunscreen Products have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. due to the presence of benzene.
Injectable Semorelin / Ipamorelin 3mg and injectable AOD-9604 3mg have been recalled by Innoveix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. due to a lack of sterility assurance.
LeadCare II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra Blood Lead Tests have been recalled by Magellan Diagnostics, Inc. due to risk of falsely low results.
Lyra SARS-CoV-2 Assay (M120) has been recalled by Quidel due to risk of false negative results.
Angiographic Guidewire Component has been recalled by Medtronic Vascular due to being nonsterile.
One Lot of Topotecan Injection 4 mg/4 mL (1 mg/mL) has been recalled by Teva Pharmaceuticals due to the presence of particulate matter.
Limar Hand Sanitizer Packaged in 4 oz Bottles has been recalled by Ardil Commercial due to being packaged in bottles that resemble drink containers.
June 2021 FDA Recalls
Medical Convenience Kits have been recalled by Avid Medical due to risk of fungal contamination.
Surgical Procedure Packs have been recalled by DeRoyal Industries due to mislabeled lidocaine.
Prairie Wolf Distillery Hand Sanitizer Packed in 16.9 Oz. and 20 Oz Bottles has been recalled by Prairie Wolf Spirits, Inc. due to resembling drink containers.
Durisan Non Alcohol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer products have been recalled by Sanit Technologies LLC d/b/a Durisan due to microbial contamination.
Jelco Hypodermic Needle-Pro Fixed Needle Insulin Syringes have been recalled by Smiths Medical due to skewed odd-number line graduation markings on syringe barrels.
Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices have been recalled by Philips due to potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam component in these devices.
Metformin HCl Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750 mg, have been recalled by Viona Pharmaceuticals Inc. due to the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) impurity.
Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test has been recalled by Innova Medical Group due to the risk of false test results.
FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix (“FiberCel”), Donor Lot Number NMDS210011, has been recalled by Aziyo Biologics, Inc. due to possible post-surgical infection.
Alaris Infusion Pump Module 8100 Bezel has been recalled by the Biomed Guys due to possible cracked or separated bezel repair posts.
May 2021 FDA Recalls
SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit and Leccurate SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Rapid Test Kit (Colloidal Gold Immunochromatography) have been recalled by Lepu Medical Technology due to risk of false results.
Alaris Infusion Pump Module 8100 Bezel >has been recalled by Step-Har Medical due to possible separated bezel repair posts.
Medical Convenience Kits have been recalled by Medical Action Industries, Inc. 306 due to risk of fungal contamination.
VICI VENOUS STENT System and VICI RDS VENOUS STENT System have been recalled by Boston Scientific Corporation due to possible stent migration.
Durisan Non Alcohol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer has been recalled by Sanit Technologies LLC d/b/a Durisan due to bacterial contamination.
Assurity™ and Endurity™ Pacemakers have been recalled by Abbott (formally known as “St. Jude Medical”) due to the risk of electrical shortages.
Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer has been recalled by Global Sanitizers due to methanol contamination.
HeartWare HVAD System Instructions for Use and Patient Manual have been recalled by Medtronic to update safety information.
Goose Creek Hand Sanitizer and COCO TKO Hand Sanitizer have been recalled by Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. due to the presence of wood alcohol and other contaminants.
DIBAR Labs Hand Sanitizer has been recalled by Dibar Nutricional S. de R.L. De C.V. due to the presence of wood alcohol, or methanol.
Levemir®, Tresiba®, Fiasp®, Novolog® and Xultophy® product samples have been recalled by Novo Nordisk due to improper storage temperature conditions.
0.5% Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP 30 mL and 1% Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP 30 mL, have been recalled by Hospira, Inc. due to product mislabeling.
Sterile Water for Injection, USP, 100 mL, has been recalled by Hospira, Inc. due to the potential presence of particulate matter.
The FDA certainly stays on its toes! Recalling items sounds exhausting.