Category:
1930s

Daffy Over Taffy



"Something makes me wistful when I got a fistful."

More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 05, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Surrealism, Candy, 1930s

Blind Man Spontaneously Regains Sight After 30 Years

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Here's a unique twist on the Rip-van-Winkle phenomenon.

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 01, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: 1930s, Time-travel, Natural Wonders, Eyes and Vision

Outdoor Checkers

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It's all fun and games under the pine trees, until someone loses an eye!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 25, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Games, 1930s, Dismemberment

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #24

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Won't everyone just guffaw when your hysterical suicide attempt proves to be a prank! Don't be surprised if some angry relative whips out a real gun and finishes the job.

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 19, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

Mystery Gadget 11

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What is being done to this poor fellow?

Find out here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 05, 2012 - Comments (10)
Category: Technology, 1930s

The Wellingborough Carnival

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The town of Wellingborough, UK, has been holding a carnival for over 100 years. The old affairs certainly featured things that look weird to us today. Here's a photo album to peruse.

And the Wellingborough Carnival home page reveals this year's affair is on July 7th! Plenty of time to make your plans to attend!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 22, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Holidays, Parades and Festivals, Weird Theory, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Europe

Painless Withers Dental Laboratory

Great name for a dentist! You could have visited Dr. Withers if you lived in Salt Lake City, Utah during the 1930s.



From the Utah State History Digital Collection.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 07, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, 1930s

Catch the first boat for Europe…

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A moment of high drama in the Listerine lab, 1934.

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 28, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, Advertising, 1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #22

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Who would ever have figured that this practical joke would come back into fashion after 80 years? Be a big hit in your rich Manhattan co-op, as you sprinkle these liberally around!

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 17, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Hygiene, Insects, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

Winnie Ruth Judd



Not sure if an infamous murder case benefits from the marionette approach, but it's certainly unique.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 10, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Puppets and Automatons, Documentaries, 1930s, Dismemberment

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