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Hexing Hitler: That Voodoo That You Do Makes Me Want To Cry…

Let’s face it – the world we live in now, and the world seventy one years ago were two very different places. While some of the biggest box-office smash include the CG comic-book action explosion, The Avengers, top grossing films of 1942 included I Married a Witch, Road to Morocco, and the year’s highest grossing epic, Mrs. Miniver.

On top of that, the world was completely engulfed by the horrors and tragedies of WAR. 1942 was a year, when the best was yet to come, and undoubted pressures and insecurities were running mad like devils (this not being too different than our current social climate), and no doubt there were those who were foreseeing THE END.

Luckily, THE END has yet to be seen in terms of whether or not we are physically standing on this Earth today – this I can confidently attest to. Luckily for us, the horrors of such a war are far behind us. But let us not forget the times where we weren’t so sure.

“On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods.”

These pictures were taken 70 years ago, as well. The year is 1942 and we, The Eye of Faith, have taken a journey South to the backwoods of Maryland where “On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods.”

These previously unpublished photographs taken by LIFE Magazine photographer Thomas McAvoy amazingly capture the drama of a “hexing party” organized “to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation.” in definitely one of LIFE’s weirdest and most wonderful pieces of history ever untold. It would be three more years until Hitler would go down by his own hand, but such a powerful force of evil could have used a few more helping hands.

“a dressmaker’s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,” …sounds like the tagline for a damn good movie.

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{STYLE WISE} – 1940s Metropolitan Treasure Hunters

On four summer days in August of 1949, treasure hunters from across the globe gathered for the auction of the estate of Robert Ripley, famous cartoonist and collector of rare oddities.

With over 80 million readers of his famous Believe it or Not! series, it was rumored Robert Ripley received more mail than the President of the United States of America.So when the chance to rummage through the eclectic collection of this eccentric media tycoon in a public auction came, the treasure seekers all made their way to New York City!

Many treasures were up for grabs, some mundane, but others wildly fascinating and strange. Only someone with a real {EYE} could truly appreciate some of these remarkably unusual treasures – medieval torture devices, caskets, knives, and shrunken heads!

Most of the pieces were purchased by John Arthur, an entrepreneur from New York City, who then opened the first permanent Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Odditorium in San Fransisco, California.

This, however, did not stop the other wildly fascinating visitors who sought a chance to own something remarkable and rare from the collection. Each day was just as full as the last, and lucky for us, photographer Ralph Morse shot the auction’s comings and goings for LIFE Magazine.

We are delighted to share some of these previously unpublished photographs of the ties, smoke, and dapper gals and gents who turned up for a chance to win! Most of all, it goes to show a great suit or a fine pair of sunglasses are vital tools for any auction scenario. Scenarios in general, really.

Today, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! is the fastest growing museum chain world-wide with destinations popping up all over the globe. The latest addition to the Ripley enterprise is going to be a 130,000 sq.ft. aquarium, featuring a 1, 500, 000 gallon tank of water-  making it one of North America’s largest, right here in Toronto!

The site will feature and breed endangered and rare exotic water life from around the Globe, and is set to open in 2013. {Visit the website for more details!}

Enjoy the vintage musings!

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