Category:
1930s

Revolt of the Beavers

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Revolt of the Beavers was a children's play put on by the Federal Theater Project by Oscar Saul and Louis Lantz. One critic described the play as "Marxism a la Mother Goose".[1] The show ran at the Adelphi Theatre in New York City from May 20, 1937, to June 19 of that year.[2] Jules Dassin [3] and John Randolph [4] were among the play's cast. The play involved a worker beaver named Oakleaf, who leads a revolt against "The Chief" Beaver who was exploiting the workers. Though the play was a fantasy fable intended for children, it was attacked by the HUAC for promoting Communist ideals.


Wikipedia page (source of quote).

More photos here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 22, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Politics, Theater and Stage, 1930s

The Great Beauty Contest of Life

"Whatever you do—wherever you go—you are in a Beauty Contest."

Kansas City Times - Mar 12, 1932



Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 16, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Advertising, 1930s

Mystery Illustration 97

What super-famous Hollywood icon is this, beneath her disguise?

The answer is after the jump.





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Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 15, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Celebrities, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Movies, 1930s

Steam-Powered Motorcycle

What happens in a crash that splits the boiler open?



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 31, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Inventions, 1930s, Motorcycles

Hand Taser, 1935



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 21, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Crime, Inventions, Police and Other Law Enforcement, Technology, 1930s

Cockroach trained to carry cigarettes

1938: Prisoners in solitary confinement in Amarillo, Texas figured out how to get cigarettes by training a cockroach to carry them under the cell door.

Salt Lake Tribune - Mar 2, 1938



Klamath News - Apr 9, 1938

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 17, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Prisons, Smoking and Tobacco, 1930s

Ol’ Man Mose



Duchin's 1938 release of the Louis Armstrong song "Ol' Man Mose" (Brunswick Records 8155) with vocal by Patricia Norman caused a minor scandal at the time with the lyric "bucket" being heard as "fuck it." Some listeners conclude that there is no vulgarism uttered, while others are convinced that Norman does say "fuck."

The "scandalous" lyrics caused the record to zoom to #2 on the Billboard charts, resulting in sales of 170,000 copies when sales of 20,000 were considered a blockbuster. The song was banned after its release in Great Britain. The notorious number can be heard on a British novelty CD, Beat the Band to the Bar.


Listen for yourself, and register your vote in the comments!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 03, 2020 - Comments (11)
Category: Music, Obscenity, 1930s

Mystery Gadget 86



What's going on here?

Answer at the link, or beyond the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 01, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1930s

The Fashion Predictions of B.H. Myerson

If he had said the 1980s instead of the 50s, he wouldn't have been that far off.

Akron Beacon Journal - Jan 27, 1931



Saint Joseph Herald-Press - Feb 2, 1931

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 15, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, 1930s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

The Wreck of the City of San Francisco



One weird thing about this once-famous train crash: no perp was ever found.

Even with this lead, from a contemporary account.




Rather reminiscent of the One-Armed Man from the 1960s TV show THE FUGITIVE.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 15, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Destruction, Unsolved Mysteries, 1930s, 1960s, Trains

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