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Joe Blow: 1936

Joe Blow: 1936

Washington, D.C., circa 1936. "NO CAPTION" is all it says here. Feel free to improvise in the Comments below! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Inhale, not exhale

I think you all have it wrong. The gentleman is getting ready to voice the next Mickey Mouse feature. He's inhaling helium.

Watson - Come lie on this!

Eventually Joe Blow realized he didn't have to use his breath to fill his oversized balloon, not when the open end would fit over a fire hydrant valve. Sadly, it proved too heavy for a water balloon ... but it did became the prototype for a water bed.


PLEASE, no caption!

My grandfather used to play one.

It's a rare contrabass bolognaphone.

Sausage legume

Part wiener, part green bean.

Sometime Long Ago

I remember a story or joke about a man blowing up a tire innertube. The finale or punch-line escapes me at this very late date.

Shoulda Never Attempted It

Joe's career as a balloon animal sculptor was tragically cut short when he attempted creating a life-size brontosaurus neck and died of hypoxemia.

His name is Frank

And he is getting the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile v 0.8 ready to roll.

Hot Air

It's never in short supply in DC.

Was he a pioneer of balloon modelling ?

I remember being entertained as a youngster, in the fifties, by balloon poodle creators.

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