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Johnson Smith Catalog Item #37


Click to enlarge. From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 03, 2016 | Comments (5)
Category: Tobacco and Smoking, 1930's, Pranks, Butt

We Drivers

Are you a Reckless Rudy or a Sensible Sam? And don't forget Man-Mountain Momentum.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 13, 2016 | Comments (7)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Destruction, PSA's, 1930's, Cars

Desk Riders


I sure would like to know more about this system/device/technology, but I can't google up anything else. Maybe WU-vies can help!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 07, 2016 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Technology, 1930's

Antigravity Guy


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 31, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Human Marvels, 1930's

Ordered Back To School

Family values in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — 1930s. She got herself a husband, so why does she need any of that fancy edumacation?

The Wilkes-Barre Record - Nov 21, 1935

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 06, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Education, Marriage, 1930's

Safety Glass Tester, 1939

High-test safety glass was developed jointly by five American companies during the 1930s. It had an inner layer of polyvinyl acetal resin. This meant that you could smash a man's face into a pane of the glass, and it would crack but not shatter. As demonstrated by the safety-glass tester below.

Image source: Newsweek - Apr 10, 1939

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 24, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1930's

Alibi Goat

I've heard about people sucking on pennies or mints to hide the alcohol fumes on their breath. But keeping a goat in the back of the car is new to me. Though I guess it could be an effective strategy.

The Bakersfield Californian - Sep 14, 1937

CHICAGO, Sept. 14. — Policeman Theodore Lambert testified that Larry Radkewicz of Berwyn was intoxicated while driving an automobile, but said he could not smell the man's breath.
"Why not?" asked Judge J.M. Braude.
"He had a goat in the back of the car," said Lambert, "and I couldn't smell anything but the goat."
Radkewicz was placed on probation.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 18, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1930's

Parrot Problem


Why is it always a parrot, rather than some other kind of pet bird, at the center of these disputes? A recent case in Rhode Island involved a lawsuit against a parrot taught to swear at neighbors.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 09, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Annoying Things, 1930's

No-Arms Golfer

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Human Marvels, Sports, 1930's

Knocked out by brick tied to cow tail

One of the many hazards of working on a farm, back in the 1930s. Though I'm having a hard time imagining how a cow could actually lift a brick with its tail and then swing it with enough force to knock someone out.

The Daily Free Press (Carbondale, Illinois) - Jan 21, 1931

TOLEDO, Ore., Jan 18 — Jack Horsfall, Toledo high school student, decided to stop his cow's practice of switching her tail while he milked. He tied a brick to her tail. The cow switched her tail anyway, and the brick struck Horsfall behind the ear. He fell unconscious. When he had recovered he untied the brick.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Injuries, 1930's
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