Category:
1930s

Tony Sarg

Tony Sarg, "America's Puppet Master," did some weird stuff, among which were early Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons; the cartoon below; and his inflatable beach monster on Nantucket.













Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 12, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Cartoons, 1920s, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #327



Dogs appreciate fresh breath.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 02, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Dogs, 1930s

House Wrapped in Cellophane



Apparently, Christo had a predecessor.

Source of image.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 28, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Domestic, Publicity Stunts, 1930s

Prettiest Waitress and Most Handsome Bellboy Contest

This item in our "Odd Beauty Contest Files" appears to represent a one-time-only competition, held as part of the famed 1939 World's Fair.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 25, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1930s

Malvaz Malt Tonic

Oh, it's not beer, despite coming from Monarch Brewing--it's just a healthy Malt Tonic!

As this site says of a similar brand from the same period: "the concoction—actually just simple beer with the addition of honey—was advertised as a 'liquid food' for the treatment of various ailments, from insomnia to 'old age' to 'expectant motherhood.'"





Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 18, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Advertising, 1930s, Alcohol

Mystery Illustration 57



This complete kit equips you to...?

Answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 14, 2017 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, 1930s

Parachute Plane

Apparently this thing did fly. It was designed by Steven Nemeth in the early 1930s. He boasted that it was so simple to fly that a person who had never been off the ground could learn to fly it in 30 minutes. Plus, it could be housed in a hangar not much larger than an average garage.

There was only one prototype ever made, and it's not clear why the plane was never developed further. Disciples of Flight speculates that "the design’s low aspect ratio wing may have meant a lot of additional drag."

Newsweek - Mar 31, 1934



Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 11, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Air Travel and Airlines, 1930s

Psychic Baseball Game



No supernatural abilities actually required.


Original ad here.


Further information here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 10, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Sports, 1920s, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #325



Possessed pants try to ward off other occult rivals.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 09, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Fashion, 1930s

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