Category:
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

Mystery Gadget 52



Maybe this one is too easy? Purpose of this office machine?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 08, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Technology, 1930s

Mystery Illustration 56



Why?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 04, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, 1930s

The Demolition of a World’s Fair

The Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago occupied 427 acres and innumerable buildings, all specially constructed for the event.



Then, when it was over, the whole affair was wiped clean. How? See the article below.










Source of article.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 31, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1930s

Insane Killer Dynamited in His Fortress

In earlier eras, there were different strategies for ending a siege than what we are accustomed to today.





Source of fotos.





Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 29, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Crime, Scary Criminals, Death, Destruction, 1930s

The Gandhi Diet




I'm surprised no one has yet cashed in on this and written a bestseller called THE GANDHI DIET.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 26, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Reformers, Do-gooders, Agitators and SJWs, Nutrition, Historical Figure, 1930s, India

Mystery Illustration 54



Who was this eminent personage?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 16, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Celebrities, Couples, 1930s

JFK as Angel




Source of text.


Regretably, the only image I could find has this watermark hiding some of the details.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 09, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Religion, Statues and Monuments, 1930s, 1960s, Europe

Big-Mouthed Boy

Young Leonard Hanstein, aka Big-Mouthed Boy, had a talent for stuffing things in his mouth.

Pittsburgh Press - Apr 30, 1939



Detroit Free Press - July 9, 1939



Sheboygan Press - Apr 13, 1939





Drew Friedman included a caricature of Hanstein in his book Sideshow Freaks (2011), and claimed that Hanstein made a living for a while by displaying his talent.





I came across a columnist (below) musing in 1969 about what might have happened to Hanstein, but the question went unanswered. The only other biographical info I can find about Hanstein is that he died in 1994 at the age of 70, still living in Oklahoma.

Fairbanks Daily News - Feb 22, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 03, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Human Marvels, 1930s

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