Category:
1930s

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #1

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Starting a new series: weird stuff from famed seller of novelties Johnson Smith.

I will be extracting from two catalogs: one from an indeterminate year of the 1930s, and one from the year 1950.

This entry, from the 1930s.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 14, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Body Modifications, Costumes and Masks, Johnson Smith Catalog, Surrealism, 1930s

Weight Gain Program

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Why is it we never hear about such problems these days?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 03, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Obesity, Business, Advertising, Products, 1930s

Monkey Song



More about Clarence Williams here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 21, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Humor, Music, 1930s

Scatter-Brain

Nothing like winning over a woman by telling her she's an idiot, as Freddy Martin and his orchestra do in "Scatter-Brain."

Listen to the song here.

Everyone who sees you says, fascinating face
Heavens, what a figure and, goodness me, what grace
Everyone who meets you must lose his heart, I find
Then he's sure to lose his mind

You're as pleasant as the morning
And refreshing as the rain
Isn't it a pity that you're such a scatterbrain
When you smile it's so delightful
When you talk it's so insane
Still it's charming chatter, scatterbrain

I know I'll end up apoplectic
But there's nothing I can do
It's just the same as being in a hurricane
And though my life will be too hectic
I'm so much in love with you
Nothing else can matter
You're my darling scatterbrain

You're as gay as New Year parties
You're as sweet as sugarcane
But when you get serious, you're such a scatterbrain
When we dance I think it's heaven
Till about the third refrain
Then you start your patter, scatterbrain

Perhaps I'm much too analytic
But I'm up the well-known tree
I've tried to understand your double-talk in vain
Yet, won't you please forgive your critic
'Cause you mean so much to me
Nothing else can matter
You're my darling scatterbrain


Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 29, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupidity, 1930s, Women

The Return of Doctor X



Humphrey Bogart regarded this as his biggest dog of a film. He plays a mad scientist who went to the electric chair, died, was revived with "synthetic blood," then had to subsist by draining the blood of others.

And here's the weirdest thing: almost every scene in this trailer is an outtake, not seen in the actual film! I wonder if viewers of the era felt ripped off.

'Nuff said!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Horror, Medicine, Movies, Science, Experiments, 1930s, Blood

September in the Rain Cartoon



Inanimate stuff coming alive is always generally weird.....

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 27, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Racism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Products, Cartoons, 1930s

Jug Band



Is there any musical instrument derived from a common domestic item that is weirder or less likely than the musical ceramic jug?

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 21, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Music, 1920s, 1930s

Smurf Hat for Sale

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This vintage 1930's hat is currently for sale. But guess who you would look like when wearing it?

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 16, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Cartoons, 1930s

The Cobweb Hotel



If this cartoon were a movie with a human cast, it would be more gruesome than the whole Saw franchise.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 29, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Insects, Torture, Cartoons, 1930s

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