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Beetle Game


I want to see Hasbro or Mattel market this game today.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 24, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Games, Insects, 1930's

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #31


From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 21, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Johnson Smith Catalog, Sexuality, Books, 1930's

Nazi Musicals

The Ginger Rogers of Nazi Germany.

More on Marika Rokk here and here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Movies, War, 1930's, 1940's, Dance, Europe

Early Sexbots

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 09, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Sex Toys, 1930's, 1940's

Gay’s Lion Farm


For almost 20 years, the only commercial lion breeding facility (and tourist attraction) "in the world."

The Wikipedia entry.

Article from 1926.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 26, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Farming, Sightseeing, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's

Three Decades of Slimming

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 14, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Food, Self-help Schemes, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's

Civic Pride

An AP story that circulated in July 1936:

OKLAHOMA CITY -- From Roscoe E. Dickson to the Chamber of Commerce came the following suggestion for putting Oklahoma City's civic pride on a concrete basis:

Every day, at an unannounced time, all fire sirens would start screaming simultaneously. Every citizen would stop whatever he might be doing, turn to the nearest person, vigorously shake his hand and say enthusiastically, "We're living in the finest city in the United States!"

The chamber took it under advisement.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: 1930's

Supporting his father

Back in 1932, 14-year-old Charles Highfield was promoted by his father as being the strongest boy in Great Britain. In the first picture, that's the father standing on his son's neck. The Coventry Telegraph has a bit more info about Charles's brief career as a strongman.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Mar 11, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Sports, Teenagers, 1930's

12th Street Rag

Speaking of possible Olympic events, how about one where the Big Band leader has to race around like a nut and take a turn at every instrument in the band?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 03, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Sports, 1930's

Marital Bliss

These two sound like they were a happy couple.

UNIONTOWN, FEB. 25 -- Because she kept her fingers crossed during her marriage ceremony, Mrs. Mary Frances Wilson of Connellsville, told her husband that she had a right to break her marriage vows, according to testimony given by Davis Wilson, a P. and L.E. railroad conductor, who formerly resided at Newell, but who now lives at Uniontown. The husband, who was granted a divorce, said that when he objected to his wife's conduct she gave him the "crossed finger" alibi. Wilson declared that his wife's goodbye each morning when he left home for work was to hope that he would be ground to pieces before the day's work ended. The husband declared that he became so worried over his wife's actions that he cut his own throat and for a time lingered between life and death. He recovered weeks later and since that time he and his wife were estranged.
Indiana Evening Gazette - Feb 25, 1930
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Husbands, Wives, 1930's
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