Posts tagged: Shipwreck Kelly

K is for Alvin ‘Shipwreck’ Kelly

Every decade has its own peculiar obsessions and the subject of this week’s ABC Wednesday post was responsible for one of the strangest – the fad for flagpole-sitting in the 1920s and 1930s.

Alvin ‘Shipwreck’ Kelly was born Aloysius Anthony Kelly in 1893 in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York. His father died before he was born and his mother died in childbirth so he was effectively alone from the moment he was born. Read more ›››