Keep Oak Cliff Kinky — 1923

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

I’m not sure what more I can offer, except to say that in today’s money — with inflation taken into account — that little bondage device for a child’s thumb would run you a cool 40 bucks.

I picture Mrs. J. C. Thompson assembling the inventory herself, at the kitchen table in her little frame house on Melba Street in Oak Cliff, the Victrola playing in the other room, having a chirpy one-sided conversation with the imaginary “Dr. Thompson.” I wonder if she sold any?

To quote the Messrs. Python: “Guaranteed to break the ice at parties!”

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Ad from The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 18, 1923. I’m not sure there was a follow-up.

Whither Mrs. J. C. Thompson, West Dallas entrepreneur?

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