Posts tagged with ‘1930s

The Brazilian ranch where Nazis once owned slaves

In the 1930s, during Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, the above photo of a local Brazilian soccer team was taken, and those swastikas on those flags are exactly those kind of swastikas— Nazi swastikas. Because in the 1930s, there were quite a few very fervent supporters of Adolph Hitler and his plans for genocide and world domination. And these Brazilian Nazis weren’t just bad in name only, they also were pretty big slave owners— and the soccer players in the photo were slaves. Stolen from orphanages and forced to work on farms their whole lives.

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An unemployed, homeless man with a pregnant wife asks for help with a catchy sign, circa 1932 (via)

An unemployed, homeless man with a pregnant wife asks for help with a catchy sign, circa 1932 (via)

Color footage from New York City, 1939

There’s something amazing about how much more alive old photos and film look when they’re in color as opposed to black and white. Despite the cars and fashions, this looks like it could have been filmed yesterday. More or less.

Color film of the Three Stooges from 1938

"Amazing color footage from 1938. The Three Stooges at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Film by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann. George Mann and his wife Barbara Bradford also appear in the film."

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This is a boob washing machine from the 1930s

Using a jet of water, this little device from the early 1930s was once the height of breast washing technology. Just insert your girls in, one at a time and let the magic happen.

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Free Saturday afternoon movies; ‘White Zombie’ (1932)

The 1932 horror movie classic, directed by Victor Halperin about a white couple that go to Haiti on vacation and end up battling zombies. And yes, this film is the inspiration for the name of Rob Zombie’s old band.

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"The Bat Whispers", the 1930 noir thriller that was possibly Bob Kane’s inspiration for Batman

"The Bat Whispers" predates Bob Kane’s creation of Batman by nine years, so perhaps it’s possibly this short noir film was his inspiration? It does look awfully Batman-like.

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Watch this rare color footage from the 1939 World Series

Not really a big baseball fan, but I am a huge fan of old color film and photography from decades like the 1930s when most photography was still in black and white. 

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IHC After Dark: Mechanical Principles

A silent film from 1930 from Ralph Steiner, showing off various mechanical principles. Now set to music by 3 Liquid Hz.

Screen tests and audition reel for Gone With the Wind, from 1939

According to the footage, 32 actresses performed screen tests for the part of southern belle, Scarlett O’Hara. In the end, of course, the part went to Vivien Leigh.

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IHC After Dark: “College Hounds” from 1930

Dogs in clothes, going to college. COMEDY GOLD.

What an iPad would have looked like in the 1930s

Even though tablets are the hot new 21st century thing, in the 1930s, some people were trying to envision what a “portable”, mechanical and electronic reading machine might look like. It’s not exactly something that would fit in your pocket, and it’s not exactly a step up from a newspaper.

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IHC After Dark: Teasing a fat baby with chocolate

This is what passed for family entertainment in 1935 before the invention of the internet. Actually, I think the internet made this worse.

Photos from the first science fiction convention in 1937
Well, not a sci-fi convention as you know it now, with wall to wall geeks dressed as their favorite fictional characters, but a convention of some of the brightest sci-fi writers of the early 20th century. Pictured above, L to R is Walter Gillings, Arthur C. Clarke and Ted Carnell.
"In January 1937, the Leeds chapter of the Science Fiction League brought something new into the world: the first ever SF convention. (A counter claim is made for an earlier visit of New York fans to meet Philadelphia fans at the home of one of their number, but this is hard to take seriously - see THE FIRST EVER CONVENTION) At a time when travelling any distance was much more difficult than it is today, several of those attending travelled hundreds of miles to be there. Held in Leeds’ Theosophical Hall, at 14 Queen Square, the main order of business was setting up the Science Fiction Association, the UK’s first national SF organisation."
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Photos from the first science fiction convention in 1937

Well, not a sci-fi convention as you know it now, with wall to wall geeks dressed as their favorite fictional characters, but a convention of some of the brightest sci-fi writers of the early 20th century. Pictured above, L to R is Walter Gillings, Arthur C. Clarke and Ted Carnell.

"In January 1937, the Leeds chapter of the Science Fiction League brought something new into the world: the first ever SF convention. (A counter claim is made for an earlier visit of New York fans to meet Philadelphia fans at the home of one of their number, but this is hard to take seriously - see THE FIRST EVER CONVENTION) At a time when travelling any distance was much more difficult than it is today, several of those attending travelled hundreds of miles to be there. Held in Leeds’ Theosophical Hall, at 14 Queen Square, the main order of business was setting up the Science Fiction Association, the UK’s first national SF organisation."

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