Category:
1920s

Follies of the Madmen #400



And just as lethal!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 10, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Death, Tools, 1920s, Weapons

GPS of the 1920s

I can think of one obvious problem with mounting the map in front of the windshield.

Popular Mechanics - Nov 1927

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 26, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Geography and Maps, 1920s, Cars

Abolish Women’s Fashions

The novelist W. L. George, deemed a feminist, wanted to abolish fashion and prescribe a universal uniform for all women, to save effort and money.





Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 02, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Literature, 1920s, Women

Testing Cab Drivers

Back in the 1920s, one Chicago cab company had some interesting tests it required its drivers to take. One was a "strength trial for the arms" in which the driver had to hold down a spring with his outstretched arm for as long as he could. There was also a psychological test:

The candidate is required to operate a somewhat complicated series of switches and foot-pedals according to carefully given directions, and while he is doing it, he is given unexpectedly a mild electric shock. The examiner observes to what extent the surprise upsets the equanimity and competence of the driver.

Perhaps Uber should consider similar tests for its drivers.

Popular Mechanics - Oct 1927



Sedalia Democrat - June 15, 1926

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 27, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1920s, Cars

Mystery Gadget 67



What's going on here?

The answer is at the link.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 17, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Science, 1920s

Gasmask Testers

This was obviously before the creation of OSHA, or its British equivalent.

Los Angeles Times - Oct 21, 1927



Harrisburg Evening News - Nov 1, 1927

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1920s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 16



Xul Solar, "San P," 1923

I think we should just nominate Xul Solar as someone whose entire output would have displeased our Soviet realist.

More images here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 09, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1920s, Russia

The Anti-Dancing Devil




Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 19, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Antisocial Activites, Costumes and Masks, 1920s, Dance

Vital Power Vacuum Massager

A questionable medical device widely advertised in the early twentieth century.

The article "Two Millennia of Impotence Cures" details some similar "equally flawed" devices including "the Erector-Sleigh, Gassensche Spirale, Gerson’s Constriction Bandage, and Virility, a double cylinder connected to a bellows to produce a vacuum."

If the Vital Power Vacuum Massager cost $15 in 1921, that would be around $500 today.

Jackson Daily News - Oct 30, 1921



via National Library of Medicine

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 25, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, 1920s

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