Well I’ll Be A Monkey in a Corset!

October 9, 1947
Jacksonville, IL

Dr. Andrew C. Ivy. Vice-Prexy of the U. of Ill., needs just $5000 to fund his next study, with which he hopes prove that the decline over the past two decades in peptic ulcers among the distaff sex is directly tied to the Flapper-inspired loosening of their stays. To demonstrate his thesis, he intends to lock 40 monkeys in corsets of the sort being promoted by French coutouriers like Christian Dior.

Monkeys wearing the New Look? That’s daffier than anything the French have tried to sell us!

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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.

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    Arabs Hold War Council;
    Jews Ask Veterans to
    Enlist for ‘Showdown’

    BEIRUT, Oct. 9 (U.P.)—The Lebanese and Syrian governments have ordered various units of their armies to mass along the Palestine borders for a possible invasion of the Holy Land, and the first units already have started marching, it was announced tonight.

    Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha, secretary general of the Arab League Council now meeting in nearby Alieh, announced the massing of troops along Palestine’s northern borders, and said the Egyptian government also is ordering strong contingents of its army to move to Palestine’s southern frontier.

    Troop movements followed an official Arab League recommendation today that the seven Arab states take “military measures along the Palestine frontiersâ€Â in view of the British government’s statement that Britain intends to evacuate the Holy Land.

    Several top military leaders of the Arab countries joined Arab League leaders in the Alieh conference today, presumably to work out technical points connected with the possible invasion of the Holy Land.

    Dispatches from Palestine said Jewish Agency leaders have called on Jewish veterans of the North African and Italian campaigns to join a Jewish army for a “life or death showdownâ€Â with the Arabs.

    According to the best sources, the plan for a possible Arab invasion of Palestine calls for creation of an Arab general staff, which would be composed of senior officers of the regular armies of all the Arab countries.

    It was reported that Saudi Arabia has obtained permission from Egypt to send its army, which probably could be expected to conduct a guerrilla type of campaign, across the Sinai Peninsula to Palestine. The Sinai Peninsula, east of the Suez Canal, borders the entire southern frontier of Palestine where many Jewish settlements have been established.

    The British-trained Arab legion from Trans-Jordan, a mechanized force of 16,000 men, could be expected to join the fight, although all British officers would be withdrawn.

    The Arab invasion army would be composed of trained forces from Egypt, Iran, Syria and Lebanon, it was reported, and its activities would be integrated with the Arab underground army in Palestine.

    Fawzi El Kaukji, the Arab leader who led the 1936-1939 uprising, has been reported gathering an army in Lebanon which would co-operate with the regulars in any Palestine action.

    Arab Says America
    Now Is Most Unpopular

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 11 (A.P.)—Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha, secretary general of the seven-nation Arab League, made this comment today on United States backing for the partition of Palestine:

    “America is now the most unpopular country in the Middle East, and is taking steps to make herself more so.â€Â

    Informant Says Member of Exiled Mufti’s
    Group Responsible for Consulate Attack

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 13 (A.P.)—A bomb was tossed at the United States Consulate today and an Arab informant said tonight the attack was by a member of an Arab group constituting the “striking forceâ€Â of the exiled Mufti of Jerusalem.

    The informant said that Americans had been warned by telephone to quit the consulate before the bomb was thrown and advised to “leave Palestine.â€Â A consular official denied the statement, saying that no telephone or any other warning was received.

    Two women employees of the consulate—one an American citizen—were injured in the blast.

    Authorities said earlier that they believed the bomb tosser was a woman who walked into a guarded dead-end street, threw the bomb into a consulate garden and got away.

    Quote of the day: “I–I’m sorry you caught me — behaving like a m-m-milksop, Mrs. Worth.â€Â
    “Go on and cry, Lissa! Small tears can wash away a big heartache!â€Â

    “Mary Worthâ€Â by Ken Allen.


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