|RIPLEY'S BELIEVE-IT-OR-NOT ODDITORIUM AT THE 1933 CENTURY OF PROGRESS EXPOSITION|
Robert Ripley began as a sports cartoonist. One time, when he was stumped for a topic in 1918, he drew a bunch of small odd sports comics all on one panel. This arrangement evolved into the Believe-It-Or-Not comics that began appearing in newspapers and books. Ripley traveled the world collecting and reporting on oddities. He also had a weekly radio show from 1930 to 1944 and made 24 short documentary movies in 1931-1932. In 1933 he opened his first odditorium, a museum-like display of oddities and human freaks, at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. This was followed by odditoriums at other world's fairs. Ripley died in 1949. The first permanent Believe It Or Not! museum was opened in 1950. There are now 32 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in ten countries, dozens of Ripley books and hundreds of television videos in the company’s archive vaults.
These postcards are official souvenir postcards from the 1933 Century of Progress Odditorium.
MAN WHO SPEAKS WITHOUT VOCAL CORDS
2871 LEGIBLE LETTERS WRITTEN ON A GRAIN OF RICE
|9 BASEBALLS PICKED UP WITH ONE HAND|
PARROT WITH A HUMAN MIND
HUMAN HEAD REDUCED TO THE SIZE OF A BASEBALL
MAGIC MULTIPLYING SQUARE
HINDU FIRE EATER
CANNIBAL FORK USED BY FIJIANS
4 ORIGINAL COOTIES FROM FRANCE
A ROCK THAT FLOATS
A STARFISH WITH 21 POINTS
|LONGEST RED HAIR IN THE WORLD|
LIFTING AND PULLING HEAVYWEIGHTS WITH THEIR YEE-LIDS
|BABY WITH 4 LEGS AND 3 ARMS|
LITTLE HALF GIRL BORN WITHOUT ARMS OR LEGS
|ALLIGATOR SKIN BOY|
|HUMAN PINCUSHION --THE PAIN-PROOF MAN|
LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS WITH HOLES THRU HIS BREAST
|MIRACLE MAN -- HUMAN OR ROBOT|
MAN WITH AN OSTRICH STOMACH
|THE ARMLESS WONDER|
OSSIFIED MAN TURNING TO STONE
Read more about Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not here.
This week a new public television series about Ripley began on January 6, 2015. The first video has a brief overview of that show (this may not be viewable in all areas--you may be asked to choose your local station). The second video has one of Ripley's early films.
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