Category:
1930s

Mystery Gadget 6

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What's the purpose of this sprayer? It's not the obvious!

Answer here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 13, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1930s

The Mascot







I will never again say that Toy Story was utterly original.

More on the animator.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 08, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Toys, Stop-motion Animation, 1930s

Smelly Hands

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Is this a common problem among ladies?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 02, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Business, Advertising, Products, Public Humiliation, Unsolved Mysteries, 1930s

Long Lance



I'm trespassing on Alex's territory here, with an hour-length documentary on what was once a famous hoax.

Here's the story in a nutshell.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 21, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, North America, Nineteenth Century, Native Americans

Cross-eyed Beau



When talking about music from before the modern era, famed critic Greil Marcus used the phrase "old, weird America." I think this tune qualifies.

More info on the singers here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 17, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Disabilities, Music, Regionalism, 1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #16

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I want to see some joker wearing all of these at once!

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 20, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Body Modifications, Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

Church of Aphrodite

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How far back do the roots of New Age wackiness go? Probably all the way to the 1800s, when spiritualism first broke.

But surely one of the 20th century landmarks is the establishment of the Church of Aphrodite in 1939.

Original news here.

Wikipedia info here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 19, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, New Age, Religion, 1930s

The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions

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I've just finished reading the fine book about weird fraternal lodge devices from a century ago. It would make a fine gift for any WU-vie.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Inventions, Books, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, Pranks, Nineteenth Century

How Norman Bates Got His Start

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"Here is my gift to mother."

"For tired businessmen; for the older boys too."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 05, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Taxidermy, Hobbies and DIY, 1930s

Mystery Ad

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What product is being touted by this curious pronouncement?

Find out here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 01, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, 1930s, Brain

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