Category:
1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #38



From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, Sports, 1930s, Brain Damage

Potato Candy

Which recipe do you prefer? In either case, be sure to whip some up for St. Patrick's Day--or anytime you want tuber-based sweets!

Source.






Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 31, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Candy, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #380




Original ad from Radio Mirror for September 1937.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 24, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1930s

Mystery Illustration 75



What does this 1939 statue symbolize?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 21, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Statues and Monuments, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #376



A quick hit of sugar at bedtime will send those kiddies straight to slumberland!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 25, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Children, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #373



Somehow, anti-knock engine supplement conflated with performing saintly miracles.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 07, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, Religion, 1930s

New mask for seasickness

Dr. Richmond Goulden of the liner Lady Nelson models the latest in seasickness-prevention technology, 1939.

The pipe adds a nice touch.

Baltimore Evening Sun - Jan 4, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 06, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Medicine, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #372



Sentient cigarette fulfills its duties as matchmaker, despite dying an excruciating fiery death.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 30, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1930s

Mirabelle Muller, Thirteen-Year-Old Lady Godiva

I suppose this is somewhat in our line of "Oddball Beauty Queens."



Mirabelle Muller, the 13 year old schoolgirl, rode on a white horse as 'Lady Godiva' in the Carnival Fete procession at Teddington, Middlesex. Mirabelle was asked to leave her convent school after she had been chosen as Godiva.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Public Indecency, 1930s

Wedding with lie detector

A lie detector used at the 1932 wedding of Harriet Berger and Vaclav Rund determined that their love was true.

Vaclav and Harriet were still together in 1940, according to the census. So, score one for the lie detector. I haven't been able to trace their marriage any later than that. Though a V.R. Rund of the correct location and birth year died in 1989.

(Some media sources listed the bridegroom's name as Vaclaw Hund, but I think 'Rund' was his correct name, given the census data.)

Albuquerque Journal - June 14, 1932



Sioux Falls Argus-Leader - June 1, 1932

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Psychology, 1930s, Weddings

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