Category:
1930s

Chinese Jinks



Continuing our intermittent series of "yesteryear's racial stereotypes."

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 06, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Cartoons, 1930s, Asia

Follies of the Mad Men #176

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Here's my concern. Is this a human Sherlock Holmes wearing a can disguise? If so, it's not one of his masterstrokes.

Or is this a living tin can with fleshy appurtenances? In which case, the ad is the stuff of nightmares!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Literature, Surrealism, 1930s, Fictional Monsters

Mystery Gadget 7

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Is this woman being photographed? X-rayed? Framed as a target?

Answer here. Scroll up.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 25, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1930s

Innovations in Haystack Slicing

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I readily confess to being a total city boy. But I still have to ask: would it not have been simpler to make smaller haystacks in the first place?

Or is this just something country folks do for fun?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 16, 2012 - Comments (7)
Category: Agriculture, Chindogu, 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

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