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A Giant People

Having brought you a feature on the Pygmy, I could hardly neglect the "Watussi."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 02, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1930's, Africa

Rosita Royce:  Dance of the Doves

The YouTube host of this video complains that Rosita does not use doves in her dance, but other birds, thus misrepresenting herself. But as we can see from this article, that is a mere technicality, since Rosita was quite intimate with doves also.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1930's, Dance

African Pygmy Thrills

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, Travel, 1930's, Africa

The Violaeol


Original article here.

In 1935, one Alfred Grosjean (as named in a separate TIME magazine article) invented the "violaeol."

Some years later, luthier Josh Rieck recreated one for his own use.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 26, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Music, 1930's

The Stout Scarab

The 1936 Stout Scarab is referred to by some as the first minivan. Its definitely one cool car!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 25, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers, 1930's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Turnabout Man

The moral is: don't suppress your road rage, it's not healthy!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, PSA's, 1930's, Cars

The Tri-Car

[Click to enlarge]

Original article here.

This odd little auto actually made it into limited production.

Full history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 20, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, 1930's, 1950's, Cars

Redneck Wedding, 1936

Jacob Zimmer, when asked why he and his son Donald were having a joint wedding to a pair of sisters (Grace and Dorothy Tripp), offered this explanation:

Donald's always liked farmin' like me and he likes music, too— plays the cornet and the tuba both. On top of that he likes to fish as well as I do, so it's just natural we'd like sisters—particularly sisters who like to go fishin'."

Doesn't get much more redneck than that.

Estherville Enterprise - Dec 17, 1936

The Zanesville Signal - Nov 22, 1936

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Weddings and Marriage, 1930's

Follies of the Madmen #255


[Click upper and/or lower half of ad to enlarge]

Who knew that fresh coffee promoted dancing?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 27, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, 1930's
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