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1930's

Hitting a golf ball off an elephant’s ear


"AN ELEPHANTINE HAZARD — Driving a golf ball from the ear of Jenny, a 12-year-old circus elephant, constitutes real sport for Billy Drews, above, as he shoots a game of miniature golf in New York."

Source: Valley Morning Star - May 3, 1931
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Sports, 1930's

Ostrich Feather Fan

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Just in time for summer!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 19, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Chindogu, Appliances, 1930's

Think before you build

Back in the 1930s, Benjamin Klinger spent 4 years building a boat in his basement. Then discovered he couldn't get the boat out of his basement.

Unfortunately, I can't find any report that tells what ended up happening. Did he tear down a wall to get the boat out? Or is the boat still sitting there to this day?


Sources: Milwaukee Sentinel - Jun 22, 1935; and San Bernardino County Sun - Jun 22, 1935.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 15, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Boats, 1930's

The Cellophane Wedding

Back in the 1930s, the Jockey underwear company got the idea of showing off their products by having their models wear cellophane and staging a "cellophane wedding." The first picture seems to be a trial run of this stunt, in which the company created outfits that were only half cellophane.

But in 1938, they staged a wedding with full cellophane outfits at the National Association of Retail Clothiers and Furnishers convention. The story goes that a picture of this event subsequently ran in Life magazine, by which means it then came to the attention of Adolf Hitler, who used it as an opportunity to fulminate against America's moral decline.

Sources: Kickshaw Productions, Kenosha News



Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: 1930's, Weddings

Elektro the Robot





No need to worry about the Singularity with Elektro.

Wikipedia entry.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Puppets and Automatons, 1930's

Balloon Land



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Surrealism, Cartoons, 1930's, Fictional Monsters

The Dripping Bloody Hawk-Mummy of War

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Original article here.

In 1930 we learn, from no less an authority than the founder of the Boy Scouts, about this macabre prescient bird corpse.

A followup article the same year explains more, and gives the owner's name.

Then after four years, the hawk crops up again.

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Original article here.

Since then, nothing. I wonder what ever became of this talisman?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Superstition, War, 1930's

Apache Dance



I don't watch Dancing with the Stars. Is this kind of dance included? If not, why? It would liven up the competitions immensely, I wager. With signed waivers, real daggers could be used.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 16, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Sexuality, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1930's, Men, Women, Dance
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