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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Ten-Stack Superliner -- April Fool's Day, 1938
Life magazine published a selection "strange photographs" which they identified as being typical of the kind that appeared in German newspapers and magazines on April 1. "Every April Fool's Day, the German press goes on a spree of printing photographic hoaxes, sprinkling fake pictures in with real ones, leaving readers to guess which is which."

Included among the "strange photographs" was the "ten-stack super liner" shown above:

"Its launching was announced for April 1. The photographer christened the ship President Roosevelt, declared that among its many superlative features was an auto track on which car-crazy Americans could race just to keep their hands in." [Life - Apr 4, 1938]

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