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PRESENTING RUTH MORRIS...levitator


Young Ruth Morris at age six had the uncanny ability to levitate when standing still. The longer she stood in one place the higher she went. As Ruth grew into a teen she took a job at a dry goods store which worked out fine when a customer wanted something off the top shelf, but when she was in her twenties the levitating became a problem.



At age twenty-two Ruth took a job at a department store with a very high ceiling. At first they tried her out in the perfume department, but with the long times spent standing waiting for customers Ruth proved to be a problem for building maintenance. At least five times a day a hook and ladder was required to bring Ruth back down behind the counter. They moved her to housewares which proved a bit better for Ruth in that she was able to put large pots on her head keeping her from hitting her head on the ceiling. Eventually the final nail in her merchandising coffin came in the furrier department when a woman looked up to see a raccoon coat floating near the ceiling causing the woman to faint and roll down the up escalator.

It's said Ruth was the inspiration for the balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, but I never said she worked at Macy's. That's just a rumor.

7 comments:

  1. hysterical a girl like peter pan!

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    1. Her name should have been Wendy.

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  2. Oh my what a life she led, standing tall and all, she was a trooper indeed! I wonder if she ever married?

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    1. Hopefully I'll find some more shots of her in the future, then again...this might be all we ever get.

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  3. Amazing that a floating child could inspire so many new categories!
    Could Ruth be the same bookish girl from 4/21/13 School Dazed 1931?

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    1. Anything is possible, but these photos were bought years apart at different locations. If it were the same girl I think other shots would have shown up in the album where the school girl photo is located.

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