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1930's

Laundry Shaming

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This would be so great if it happened today. Can you imagine the ruckus on social media if some darling tyke came home with an accusatory advertisement pinned to its clothes?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 30, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Family, Hygiene, Advertising, 1930's

George Bennie’s Railplane



I want to live in a world where a system of Bennie Railplanes has been in existence for eighty years.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, 1930's

Ice Cream as Health Food

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Original ad here. (Scroll to the left.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 13, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, Children, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930's, Australia

I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas



Gangsta rap!

Well a pretty little mom tried to put me on the run

But I had to burn her down with a Thompson Gun

I'm a ding dong daddy from Dumas babe

You oughta see me do my stuff

I'm a ding dong daddy baby

And liquor is my racket

Lots of times when things are dull

I deal in other traffic

I can sell you morphine coke or snow

Take a little shot and you're raring to go
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Drugs, Music, 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 (3)
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
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