"A perfectly silly, genius idea" -- David Letterman

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Guess The Mystery Celebrity

 Can you guess the Mystery Celebrity from studying her shadow?

So as to not place the answer directly below, tempting you to glance at it before you've had a chance to really formulate a guess, here are several "filler" elements.  Reprising the theme from the recent Steve Martin entry, they're from vintage trade publications.

From a 1904 issue of "The Gas Engine," a monthly trade magazine for the gas engine industry, encompassing stationary, automobile, and marine engines.  

From the August 1921 issue of The American Hatter, the fan favorite that was introduced in the Steve Martin entry.

From the September 1894 issue of The Starchroom, one of the leading laundry industry publications of the era.  Some would say the leading laundry industry publication of the era.  I think the jury is still out.

Okay.  Enough weird old crap.  The Mystery Celebrity is…

Kate Hudson!

Kate, a favorite of wide-awake laundrymen everywhere, is no freak.

Enigmatic Kate Hudson bonus photo:

Vintage trade publication bonus image:

From Hardware Dealers' Magazine, February 1910.

There's a lot of this stuff available for browsing on Google Books.  Occasionally there's a scanning misfire:

What were we talking about?  Oh right, Kate Hudson.  Sorry, I get distracted easily by weird old crap.


  1. How about "Guess the disturbingly disheveled and mishapen fingers of the scanner?"

    1. Yeah, that gets your attention. Most of the misshapen-ness is due to the warped scan image... but not all.

  2. I can't even begin to imagine what the Poland Mangle weighed. Or Kate Hudson, for that matter.

    1. I'd be willing to lift Kate Hudson and guess her weight. Does anyone know her agent's name?

    2. No, but I think we have the makings of a hit reality show on our hands.

  3. After I posted the entry, I was suddenly struck with a thought: what if "freak" is some technical term having to do with propellors, like cavitation? I looked it up, and -- nope. "No freak" still makes no sense.

    1. It's a well-known fact that freakless propellors are less freaky than propellors with freak.