Category:
1930s

Rupkali, the Smoking Elephant of Baroda



Around 1:55, you will see Rupkali enjoying his hookah.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 11, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Tobacco and Smoking, 1930s

The Filling Station Ballet






Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 09, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Motor Vehicles, 1930s, Dance

Sobriety, sobriety, sobriety…

They thought forcing him to write would teach him sobriety, and yet so many writers are alcoholics.

Indianapolis Star - Oct 23, 1933

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 08, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Writers, 1930s

Mystery Gadget 59



Magnetism? Hydraulics? What's up with this gadget?

Answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1930s

Mystery Illustration 68



Who is the ultra-famous (deceased) actress in the middle?

Answer after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, 1930s

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 10



I think it's unfair that we have not yet allowed a female artist to rile up Khrushchev. So here is Hedda Sterne with "Cadavre exquis 259," 1930-1932.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, 1930s, Women, North America, Russia

The Fourth Kingdom



Animal, vegetable, mineral--and Bakelite!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 10, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Products, 1930s

Washroom Infection

In the early 20th century, it was widely believed that dirty bathrooms were a primary cause of the spread of disease, particularly sexual disease. One result of this belief, apparently, was the adoption of U-shaped toilet seats in public bathrooms, since it was thought that these were more hygienic.

Read more about this at The Weeklings.

Life - Sep 20 1937

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 02, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Health, Disease, Hygiene, Advertising, 1930s

Mystery Gadget 56



This device does what now?

Answer is here.

And after the jump,

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 28, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1930s

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