Category:
1930s

Follies of the Madmen #337



This seems to elide the whole issue of whether a stepchild SHOULD be treated badly! It's just a given!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 27, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Children, 1930s, Face and Facial Expressions

Follies of the Madmen #334



Suits for brawlers or bullies only?

Original ad here.

UPDATE: now unfortunately hidden behind THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE paywall.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 11, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1930s

Mystery Gadget 53



What is going on inside this giant potato?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 04, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #332



Wait a minute--this is my own tire on my own car that is being represented as a hideous criminal killer! And since I, the driver, am responsible for my own tires, I must be a hideous criminal killer too!

Way to make your customers feel good about themselves!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 29, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, 1930s, Cars

Shadowgraph measures beauty

It's interesting that they always have the contestants stand at a slight angle. You'd think it would be easier to have them stand facing the shadowgraph, in order to standardize the measurements.

Minneapolis Star - July 25, 1939





Chicago Tribune - July 24, 1939



Bristol Daily Courier - July 27, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, 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

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