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Follies of the Madmen #225

Who ever knew that Snap, Crackle & Pop had villainous counterparts in Soggy, Mushy & Toughy?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 26, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1930's

Knox Gelatine

Odd choice of photo to advertise their product, since this Big Red team member seems to be suffering from some kind of intestinal distress. From the Cornell Alumni News - Oct 19, 1939

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1930's

The Nicotine Fairies

Unless he was smoking something else.....

How much paint?

This story ran in the Washington Post on June 26, 1933. It describes how a dispute over how many coats of paint is required to paint a car resulted in tragedy.

But it leaves unanswered the question of how much paint is needed to paint a car. My hunch would be that paint is better nowadays than it was in 1933, so fewer coats are needed. But I'd say it has to be three coats minimum (including the primer). Nine coats (even back in 1933) sounds like too much.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: 1930's, Cars

Skin Laxative


From an era when "laxative" obviously meant something different than today--I hope!

Original (full) ad here. Scroll to page 8.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 21, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Medicine, Advertising, 1930's, Butt

The Cackle Sisters

Listen to just the first three minutes at least of the Cackle Sisters, and then tell me if you don't agree that contemporary C&W music needs more bird imitations and yodeling.

Collecting Dirt

Back in 1936, Patricia Salter had an unusual hobby for a 12-year-old girl. She collected dirt. Whenever I come across stories like this, it always makes me wonder what became of the collection. I'm guessing that at some point it must have been tossed in the trash, or dumped outside.

But it looks like there are some like-minded dirt enthusiasts in the present day, over at the Museum of Dirt.

Source: The Washington Post - Feb 9, 1936
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 16, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Collectors, 1930's


This was a great moment in American law. From the New York Times - Feb 7, 1935:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 11, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Law, Judges, 1930's
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