Category:
1930s

Jo Jo the French Terror

I don't think it's false nostalgia to say that people and events were more colorful in the past. I don't see any modern criminals who possess a resume like Jo Jo's.



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Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 11, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Scary Criminals, Outsiders, Marginals, the Excluded and Low-castes, 1930s

Elysia:  Valley of the Nudes



Warning! Nudists at play!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 08, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Movies, Exploitation and Grindhouse, Nature, 1930s

Manicure with gas masks

Even in the middle of a gas attack, nails still need to be manicured.

Honolulu Advertiser - Nov 13, 1938



Compare this to the gas mask for typists we posted about a few months ago. Also the gas-proof pram. And the London chorus girl with gas mask. It was all part of the effort to reassure the public, during the 1930s, that poison gas attacks wouldn't interrupt everyday life.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 07, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, War, 1930s

Death by playing cards

Oct 20, 1930: Convict William Kogut, who was waiting execution on San Quentin's death row, somehow knew that it was possible to make a bomb out of playing cards. This was because, at the time, the red ink of cards contained nitrocellulose. So by scraping off enough of the red ink, Kogut was able to make a pipe bomb out of a hollow bedpost. He used this to kill himself, rather than letting himself be executed.

Modern playing cards no longer contain this explosive ingredient.

Somewhat confusingly, Snopes classifies his death as a "legend," even though their brief write-up seems to confirm that it happened exactly as described.

More info: theatrefx.com

Oroville Mercury Register - Oct 20, 1930


Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 23, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Suicide, Prisons, 1930s

Maid of Cotton

Unique in mandating the composition of all contest garments: 100% cotton, what else!

Full story here.





Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 22, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #509

Was this ever such a drastic problem, or one of those made-up Madison Avenue problems?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 15, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1930s, Teeth

The 1964 Amphicar

We've featured various amphibious vehicles on WU before. But my research seems to indicate we have not highlighted the most famous, seen in this video. Please note that inventor Hans Trippel was working on this concept thirty years previously, as seen in the clipping.



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Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 13, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1930s, 1960s, Cars

The Safety Smoker

The "safety smoker," invented by Glen R. Foote of Cincinnati, promised to allow people to safely smoke "in places where the danger from flying or falling sparks is likely to start a conflagration or cause an explosion."

Perfect for anyone hankering for a smoke in an oil refinery.



San Francisco Examiner - Jan 1, 1933

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 07, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Smoking and Tobacco, 1930s

Alternate Accelerator



Is one's knee action as forceful, subtle and easy to control as foot action?

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 03, 2021 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Inventions, 1930s, Cars

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