Unearthed: Lady Bledzo (Pt 1)

Lady Bledzo lit up newspapers for two years in the mid-1920s. Like a cabaret version of Billy the Kid, she came from nowhere, made a great scene — and then disappeared. By 1928, there was no trace of her.

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She never held a defined occupation. She never got a listing in the census or the phone book. For weeks I’ve been trying to stretch the few available items about her into a full story. I even called in the assistance of Graveyard Snoopette. She, too, was stymied by this mysterious woman.

I have to admit that a full accounting can’t be done. Like Lady Bledzo herself, her story is not tidy nor complete. It will not be contained.

Her name came out of those Chicago Tribune archives. One name, \with many variations to humble the researcher: Lady Bledzo; Rose Bledzo; Lady Rose Bledsoe; Lady Rosa Bledzo; Rose Leonora; Leonore Bleedson; Eleanora Bleedson; and twice, Lenor Grear.

And worse, I’m pretty sure that none of those are her actual birth name.

Fire up the Dusenberg and roll down your stockings. This one is a real lulu.

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Old Ad of the Week: Million-Dollar Smile

“Red-headed dynamite, I calls her!”


I read a lot of old newspapers, which means I see a lot of old ads. Some of them are too good to keep to myself.

Source: Chicago Tribune; March 6, 1938

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Old Ad of the Week: As Gay as a Schoolgirl

I guess being a woman isn’t tough — well, not too tough — after all!


I read a lot of old newspapers, which means I see a lot of old ads. Some of them are too good to keep to myself.

Source: Chicago Tribune; May 16, 1948

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Old Ad of the Week: Like Magic!

Before they invented installed cigarette lighters, there was this thing, which required you to pull a wire out of the dash.

Did you need that wire? Not as much as you need the Pres-a-Lite!


I read a lot of old newspapers, which means I see a lot of old ads. Some of them are too good to keep to myself.

Source: Chicago Tribune; Nov. 27, 1938

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Old Ad of the Week: Velvety Irresistible Arms

My favorite line: “You feel freer than probably ever before in your life of annoying hair growth.”


I read a lot of old newspapers, which means I see a lot of old ads. Some of them are too good to keep to myself.

Source: The San Francisco Examiner; July 28, 1935

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Old Ad of the Week: A Great Pepper-Upper

“Make whoopie” = Ping pong, piano time with the gang, and lots and lots and lots of tea.

Have you had your SIX cups today?


I read a lot of old newspapers, which means I see a lot of old ads. Some of them are too good to keep to myself.

Source: The Chicago Tribune; Oct. 29, 1939

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