Category:
1930s

Hollywood Party



Dig those telephone wire costumes!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 24, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Movies, Music, 1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #11

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Do you know why jokes and pranks like these don't fly any more? Because nobody gives a damn about playing their proper role these days. I'm not even going to mention the old lady with impossible neck and sadistic habits. But just look at that hobo! His hat has the classic open-can-lid top. He's wearing a Victoria Cross medal, cravat and vest. Note how carefully he cradles his cane on his arm. Note how delicately he takes the fake biscuit, with pinky finger upraised. The magnificent scowl when he bites the rubber biscuit! You'd consider your twelve cents well spent!

Now imagine giving a "surprise biscuit" to the modern incoherent and sloppily dressed drug addict sitting on the sidewalk outside your local liquor store. He'd be too out-of-it to even register the prank. If he did, he'd just grunt and toss the surprise biscuit one side, frustrating your enjoyment of your purchase.

We live in a sad age of decline.

From the 1930s catalogue.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 22, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Food, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

Canine Elevator

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Didn't people have anything important to occupy their labors in olden days?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 28, 2011 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu, Dogs, 1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #9

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Of course any lady would be thrilled to be presented with a "real dimond," especially if you told her it was her engagement ring, and then have a cap explode in her face!

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 21, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Destruction, Explosives, Jewelry, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Jokes

Mystery Gadget 3

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Answer after the jump.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 10, 2011 - Comments (8)
Category: Technology, 1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #7

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Sure to win you tons of friends.

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 06, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Jokes

Verne Soules

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I do not think it is any too soon to begin contemplating the 80th anniversary (2013) of the invention of the mechanical racetrack hare, by Verne Soules.

Full patent here as PDF.

A mention of his death in 1948.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 29, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Technology, 1930s, 1940s

Erectorscope

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What is the mystery of the "Erectorscope?" Does it have anything to do with erections? No!

This product comes from the Gilbert folks who made Erector construction toys.

If you look here, you'll see an accompanying booklet printed in the old-fashioned 2-color 3-D system. It seems the Erectorscope was nothing more than the cardboard blue/red glasses to view the advertised Gilbert products.

No wonder the kid in the ad is turned away from the customer. It's as bad a scam as X-ray Spex.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 27, 2011 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, 1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #4

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Imagine walking into the opera house today with this in hand.

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 06, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s

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