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Mystery Gadget 26


What's it do? The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1920's

Pajamas as Streetwear:  1929


These kids in 2015, wearing pj's to class!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 02, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Fashion, 1920's, South America

Imperishable Burial Robes


Alex gave us green burials--here's the opposite! Keep your corpse looking fresh, stylish and whole!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Death, Fashion, Body Fluids, 1920's

Violet Rays

Good thing they clarified that this was NOT a vibrator. Otherwise someone might have gotten hurt.

Source: Illustrated World, March 1920.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 18, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, 1920's

Losing 103 lbs to Music!

Mrs. Derby suffered from a "mountainous burden of flesh," but when the music started to play, the pounds just melted away.

Source: The Ladies Home Journal, Nov. 1922
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 14, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1920's

Baby Cage

Problem: It's hard to travel with a baby.

Solution: build a portable cage to carry your kid in. I wonder if the TSA would approve of these. Source: Illustrated World (Mar 1920).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Babies, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, 1920's

Stockings for Camels

In the early 1960s, Alan Abel ran a long-running hoax involving an organization (The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) whose members wanted to put clothes on all the naked animals in the world. So I was amused to discover there was a similar, but non-hoax, campaign back in 1926. The "philanthropic Englishwoman" Mrs. F.K. Hosall spearheaded an effort to get women to donate their old stockings so they could be worn by the donkeys and camels of north Africa. However, it wasn't exactly similar, because it sounds like Mrs. Hosall had a sensible reason to put stockings on the camels — to prevent fly bites.

Source: The Alamance Gleaner (Graham, N.C.) - Feb 11, 1926.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Fashion, 1920's

Women Becoming Dumb

Back in 1926, art historian and cultural critic Dudley Crafts Watson sounded the alarm on a looming problem. The modern American woman, he believed, was fast becoming a "statis dumb bunny" because labor-saving devices were allowing her too much free time which she spent amusing herself with frivolous entertainment, instead of improving her mind.

Today, Watson is best known because he became the guardian of Orson Welles. His warning about the dumbing down of our culture actually sounds like what a lot of cultural critics say. The only unusual thing about it is his focus on women alone.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner - Apr 2, 1926

Dudley Crafts Watson
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 19, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Culture and Civilization, Stupidity, 1920's

Can-Fed Husbands

Shamokin News-Dispatch - Apr 1927

From Songs of a Housewife, by Marjorie Rawlings. It's an odd book of poetry, recording in verse all the various complaints and problems of 1920's housewives, such as husbands who complained about being given canned food.

Available at Amazon, which gives the following, fuller description of it:

This charming collection of poems that Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek) wrote in the 1920s were so popular that they appeared one-a-day in a New York newspaper for two full years. Organized by task, the poems graphically depict the life of a housewife (mending, baking, dusting, and the joy of a sunny window) with wisdom and humor. In the days before convenience stores and microwaves, Rawlings reminds us of the horror of having company show up with nothing fixed to feed them. Or in a more timeless vein, the disdain a harried mother feels for the neighbor who has all her Christmas shopping done and wrapped early.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Wives, Poetry, 1920's

Tony Sarg’s Marionettes:  “In the Orient”

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, 1920's
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