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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

Woodward’s Gripe Water

Gripe water is what people used to give to kids to calm them down if they had colic, teething pains, etc. But what exactly was in the stuff? According to wikipedia, the main ingredients were alcohol, dill oil, sodium bicarbonate, sugar, and water. But this ad makes me think there must have been a little something extra in the Indian formulation of the stuff.


via reddit
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 06, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Medicine, 1930's

Typing to Music



Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 03, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Performance Art, Appliances, 1930's

The Icyclist



I am so sick of winter. But maybe if I had a nice bike like this one...
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Nature, 1930's

Camp Siegfried



I always wonder, when watching vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s, about the preoccupation with Nazi spies and sympathizers in the USA. How justified were such fears? Pretty well justified, I guess, based on the video above, and this article.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, 1930's, 1940's, North America

The hen that laid an egg shaped like a light bulb

Rural electrification brought many benefits. But one of its stranger effects occurred on the Kentucky farm of Albert Clark in 1939. One of his hens stared and stared at the new light bulb hanging in the hen house, as if hypnotized by it. Then she laid an egg shaped like a light bulb. Clark sent the egg to the Rural Electrification Administration in D.C. as proof of what had occurred. This was big news in 1939.


Spokane Daily Chronicle - Jan 28, 1939


Harrisburg Sunday Courier - Feb 5, 1939
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 10, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Farming, 1930's
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