Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How to Read the Wall Street Journal for Free

Wall Street Journal Paywall 

If you want to read a paper that covers business news and economic issues, then the Wall Street Journal is worth the effort. But subscribing to The Wall Street Journal is very expensive.

The Wall Street Journal's paywall makes it next to impossible to read the online version without a paid subscription, but I have found one way to read the paper that (as far as I can tell) no one else has written about.

1. Register for a free account at

Wall Street Journal Account Registration

2. Login and go to

3. On the left side of your screen, go to MyWSJ and then click on "Today's Print Edition" 

Wall Street Journal -- My WSJ

3. A PDF version of that day's WSJ will open for you to read and download. Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Funny Vintage Ads (36)

Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.
Honeywell Electronic Mail
 In 1981, electronic mail was still an exciting innovation, but the first email spam had already been sent three years earlier.
Crosley Shelvador
The big selling point for Crosley Shelvador? Shelves in the door. Get it? "shel-va-dor"
Kenner's Daddy Saddle
The Daddy Saddle. Now you can humiliate your Dad -- Texas Style! Yee Haw!
Real Hair Monkee Lapel Pin
 "Real Hair! Actually trimmed from Davy, Peter, Micky & Mike" but it doesn't say from their heads.
Hellmans Cranberry Candles
"You'll start a whole new holiday tradition..." of setting your food on fire!
Columbia Records Exclusive Artists
Columbia Records originated in the District of Columbia as the Columbia Phonograph Company and distributed Edison phonographs and recorded cylinders throughout the Washington, D.C. area. In 1894, the company ended its ties with Edison and began selling its own recordings.
Tampax - Are you sure I'll still be a virgin
Sure, if you don't count the butt sex.

Two bongs and a bing and I'm home
Wait till you get home before the two bongs.
Multiple Electric Vibrator Massages the Scalp
The “Multiple Electric Vibrator” uses 480 little nubs to rub your scalp, stimulating blood flow and supposedly ridding you of dandruff and loose hair.
Pepsi - Never before a woman like this
 "Never before a woman like this" In the 1950s, Pepsi claimed its soft drink would make women slimmer, healthier and more attractive.
Armour - Ribs in a can
 And you thought Spam was the only pork in a can!
Shell - Now that they are eating better
 Shell brags about increasing crop yields with "nitrogation" which Shell defines as taking "hydrogen from petroleum gas" and combining it with "nitrogen from the air" to make a "potent food for hungry roots." In fact, the process fertilizes the soil by the addition of anhydrous ammonia from pressure tanks into the irrigation water.
WM Smith Patent Water Closets
Contrary to popular belief, Sir Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet, but he was one of many who worked to improve it. In 1876, William Smith earned a patent for a jet siphon toilet.
Electric Spot Reducer
This Spot Reducer ad claims the device is not only a dieting aid, but is excellent for muscle aches and "restless nights."
 A Real Mobile Tank
 So mobile you can pick it up and carry it around!
Ritalin - you can bring patients out of the corner
In the 1950s, Ritalin was used as a stimulant in psychiatric asylums. It was widely prescribed to chronically depressed, schizophrenic and psychotic patients, the “mentally retarded” and patients recovering from lobotomies.
Sears Mini Bike
"And it needn't be just for the youngster in the gay pajamas..."
Coopers -- They never built a car to fit a squirmer
 Coopers Jockey Shorts protects men from the "relentless clutches of their underwear."
The first foils for cooking were made out of tin in the late 19th century. Aluminum foil was first manufactured in Switzerland in 1910.
The mysterious copper chain
 Wearing a copper bracelet as a remedy for arthritis has been popular for thousands of years, but there is still no scientific evidence to prove that it works.
Swift's Premium - delicious wieners
"Wow Jug, now everyone and their brother will want our delicious wieners in their mouth!"
Jughead doesn't care, but Veronica looks ready to dig in!

Camay - The soap of beautiful women
Procter & Gamble introduced Camay in the United States in 1926 as “the soap of beautiful women.” Camay promised feminine luxury, even sensuality, at a time when other soaps like Ivory were utilitarian.
Seven-Up in throwaway cans
 Before there were cans, all soda and beer came in bottles that required a deposit so that the empties could be returned, cleaned and reused. The first cans were made of steel and were disposable.
Spangles -- Blow Me! They're Wonderful!
Blow yourself, Gramps!
Morton Tender Quick
What does a soldier dream of when he is huddled in a foxhole at night? The girl he left back home? Nope! He dreams of curing meat.
Evans Vacuum Cap
 The Evans Vacuum Cap ("A Scientific Method of Growing Hair") was advertised widely just before the Food & Drug Act of 1906, but not so much afterwards.
Music by Muzak
Muzak was the invention of Major General George O. Squier, the U.S. Army’s Chief Signal Officer during World War I. Radio was still a fledgling art in the 1920s, difficult and expensive to manage, so Squier created a way of transmitting signals across electrical wires, no radio necessary.
Coca-Cola -- cocaine

The inventor of Coca-Cola was Dr. John Stith Pemberton, who was addicted to morphine after an injury in the Civil War. He first created a wine and cocaine combination and was enjoying modest success until alcohol was outlawed in his county. Pemberton then replaced the alcohol with sugar syrup and Coca-Cola was born. At the time of Coca-Cola’s invention, cocaine was legal and a common ingredient in medicines.
Get off the Earth
Pilots who flew throughout the US after WW1 selling airplane rides and performing stunts were called Barnstormers.
The Travelknit Fourpiece

 "Everything about the Travelknit fourpiece says; "Style"" -- or maybe just "cheap."