Category:
1920s

Swat the Jinx Girl

Continuing our series of "Strange Beauty Queens."

"Rose Cade, who has also been nominated Southern California's 'Swat the Jinx' girl, dressed in model of large lemon pointing to calendar dated Friday, February 13, 1920."



Original photo here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 28, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Superstition, 1920s

I’ve Never Wronged an Onion

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 14, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, 1920s, Eyes and Vision

Follies of the Madmen #400



And just as lethal!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 10, 2018 - Comments (6)
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

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