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Got the Income Tax Blues? It's April 15th ~ The Tax Man Cometh and Taketh

Got the Income Tax Blues? That Blue Devil wants it all!

Uncle Sam's Midnight Deadline is Looming Over Your Shoulder!

Is your tax situation a Comedy, or a Tragedy?
Filling out those forms can make you happy, or very sad...

Just remember, the Devil's in the details...

And it's the little things that count.

Alas, the more you work, the more you pay.

But how do you make people pay? Enter 'The Donald' -- Duck that is. Here's Disney's 1943 IRS propaganda cartoon [Source]:

Donald Duck marches around his house, listening to the radio and filling out his tax form. Occupation: actor. Dependents: three (Huey, Dewey and Louie).

The Beatles - George Harrison's The Tax Man

Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman


Ole Sir Taxy Waxy
He turned my income out
Ole Sir Taxy Waxy
He knocked my upkeep down
My overhead he under-footed
My profits all he gayly looted
He got my shoes and I got booted
Ole Sir Taxy Waxy
He's sho' got me uprooted.

"Don't that get your pity pumping?"

From the fantastic Krazy Kat comic strip by George Herriman.

  • Income Tax History Links:

  1. Library of Congress
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Google Search for tons more history, and the Pros and Cons.

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

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Golden Hill Rye Whiskey / Braun's Rathskeller Restaurant / Family Liquor House ~ Lima, Ohio

Rare Trade Token from 
Braun's Family Liquor House, 
Lima Ohio

AKA Braun's Rathskeller

The public is cordially invited to attend the formal opening of Braun's Rathskeller at the corner of Main and East High streets on [March 6 1913] Thursday evening at 6:30, MAX BRAUN, Proprietor.

It promises to be one of the events of the season. Many tables have already been engaged for the occasion and a large crowd is anticipated. 

For the entertainment of the public we have secured the services of Hunter's Orchestra which will discourse sweet music. 

Aside from this and the elegant meals that will be served it will be a treat to see this magnificent restaurant, and learn that Lima really has in her confines one of the best equipped and most up-to-date eating places for ladies and gentlemen, in the state of Ohio. 

The furnisnings are of the best in Mission and the service and decorating is all patterned after this style. The services of a French chef and the very best assistance with all first class waiters have been secured, and the public will be royally taken care of at Braun's. 

As to price after the opening: Business lunch 25c; served from 11 o'clock until 2. At the same hours, dinner 35c. A la Carte service a specialty. On Sundays we will prepare the finest meal possible for only 50c.  [Source]

Max Braun

In 1890 Max Braun was a general agent of the Provident Savings Life Assurance Society of New York [Source].

In 1909, he was manager of the Lima location of the Golden Hill Liquor Company. [Source]

"N. Trotstein opened a Golden Hill outlet in Lima, Ohio, likely as an adjunct to his saloon. It was located at 34 Public Square, a prime location in downtown Lima, shown here in a period postcard. Trotstein advertised widely in local media. His shotglass advertising Golden Hill Rye is virtually identical to the Columbus-issued versions. The similarity solidifies the notion that the two organizations were closely linked. Also shown here is a Golden Hill flask from Lima." [Source]

In 1913 he opened his own saloon / restaurant, the afore mentioned Braun's Rathskeller. [Source]

In 1916 he lost control of his car and injured a 5 year old boy. [Source] Fortunately the boy recovered. [Source]

On May 24, 1919, Prohibition closed Braun's Rathskeller down. [Source] -- "Max Braun, former proprietor of the cafe and restaurant at High and Main Street" -- [Source]


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.

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Lima Meat Packing Company Construction 1906 Photo / Lima Ohio Company History

LIMA PORK PACKING COMPANY / The Lima Packing Company:
  • This company was incorporated on October 1, 1901, with a capital stock of $60,000 [$1.5 million, today]. 
  • The first year the firm was located in a small building, which stood where the electric light plant now stands. There the firm occupied but one room and employed only eight men.
  • At present [1906] it is located on South Central avenue just south of the Model Mills. In contrast with the one room, it has now two buildings, each two 'stories high. 
  • The pay-roll now shows 35 men employed, including three traveling salesmen. 
  • The annual volume of business aggregates $300,000 [almost $8 million today]. 
  • The company buys and slaughters all of its own live stock, practically all of which comes from the surrounding country, and manufactures all kinds of packing house products. 
  • Its equipment includes unsurpassed cold storage facilities. 
  • The officers are : B. F. Thomas, president ; Ira P. Carnes, vice-president; W. C. Bradley, treasurer; O. W. Leichty, secretary.
They did not keep the word PORK.

  • Walter C. Bradley, born in 1866, passed in 1958.
  • In about 1895 he went to Chicago with Swift & Co. meat packers and subsequently became branch manager in Toledo, Erie, Pa. and Lima.
  • In 1898 he associated himself with the late Benjamin F. Thomas in forming the Lima Packing Company.
  • He spent his entire business life in Lima with the packing company, of which he was president for many years. 
  • [from his obituary]
Still in business in 1956, but decided to cease operations in 1957:

ca. 1854, [daguerreotype portrait of a butcher with his tools, hand-tinted blood detail on knife], Edward M. Tyler
Meat packing plant, circa 1873.

The Meat Packing Industry

In 1747, an ordinance in the United States “forbade people from slaughtering cattle at their home." An additional motivation for eliminating private slaughter was to allow for the careful regulation of the “morally dangerous” task of putting animals to death.

This new demand for concealment and regulation, combined with a continued demand for meat led to the primacy of the “slaughterhouse” as a unique site for the killing of animals for meat.
Technical innovations catapulted the growth of the meat industry. The invention of the refrigerator car as well as expansion of the railroad allowed for feasible, safe transportation of meat (and later enabling the isolation of slaughterhouses outside of population centers).
Additionally, Meat-packing millionaire [Philip Armour]’s invention of the “disassembly line” greatly increased the productivity and profit margin of industrial meatpacking businesses: “according to some, animal slaughtering became the first mass-production industry in the United States, from which Henry Ford partially adapted his conception of assembly-line production. The industry continued to expand during this period as a result of increasing demand and increased distribution possibilities.” 

More: Read about the Meatpacking Industry in Chicago - link - From the Civil War until the 1920s Chicago was the country's largest meatpacking center and the acknowledged headquarters of the industry.

A meat packing plant in the 1910s.

Reform in the Food Industry

Upton Sinclair published The Jungle in 1905 to expose labor abuses in the meat packing industry. But it was food, not labor, that most concerned the public. Sinclair's horrific descriptions of the industry led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act, not to labor legislation. [Source]

Soldiers in Aprons: The Housewives Who Changed America

Housewives League” chapters began springing up in just about every corner of the country with local groups of women and wives ready to do battle in the marketplace to force the stores and food producers to clean up their act. [Source]

The Detroit Housewives’ League took on the meat packing industry itself. In 1935, they burned a huge packinghouse in protest of high prices, and they joined thousands of Chicago housewives in a march that shut down that city’s entire meat industry. [Source]


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to Collecting Lima Virtual Museum Project ~ My Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques


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RIP Mickey Rooney ~ Rooney's Few Comic Book Covers

This is from Heritage Auctions comic book newsletter:

The Comic Book Mickey Rooney
It might come as a surprise that Mickey Rooney (who passed away April 6 2014, at age 93) was not featured on very many comic book covers. But the reason is much the same as we recently discussed for Shirley Temple, namely that Rooney came to stardom before the Golden Age of comics had even begun!

Mickey's first appearance on a Big Little Book cover came in 1939, when he was in his late teens, on #1427, Mickey Rooney Himself.
Mickey Rooney Himself

Two years later he was seen on the self-explanatory Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and How They Got into the Movies (#1493).
>Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and How They Got into the Movies

In 1943 Mickey got the entire cover of Hello Pal #1.
Hello Pal #1 Mile High pedigree (Harvey, 1943) Condition: VF/NM

And if you discount appearances in cover insets, back covers, mentions without a photo, etc., that was it, despite a very long and very successful career.
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Foolish April Fish Day? Don't Get Fished In by Those April Fools Day Pranks ~ #Vintage April Fools Day Postcards

April Fools, April Fish, April Birthdays and Babies -- what a day!

Enjoy these vintage postcards and illustrations.

Watch out for those April Fools Day pranks. 

Why do we have the April Fools Day tradition? Read this:

Don't let yourself be "fished in"!

What's April 1st have to do with fishies, you ask? Well... In France, it's called APRIL FISH DAY, because young naive fish are easily caught. They had some lovely, and odd, postcards in the early 1900's.  Here are a few for your amusement and entertainment.


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