Yesterday was a noisy day - all I heard was drilling, banging, and the creaking and groaning of old boards as they were ripped out of the ceiling. I went down to inspect in the evening, as I am wont (GW) to do, and found a huge pile of garbage in the corner of what used to be my "creepy cold room"(used only for storing gardening tools, outdoor Christmas decorations, and my bike). A closer look revealed insulation material in the form of dozens of old newspapers dating from late 1936 through the winter of 1937, and I had a bit of fun looking at all the pages. What an interesting time that was, with strikes, shipwrecks, the rumblings of war, Edward & Mrs. Simpson, murder, mayhem, and always, helpful tips for ladies.
Sadly, none of the pages was really salvageable due to damp rot, mouse droppings, and the careless handling of the construction workers. However, I did take some pics I thought you'd find interesting.
NEWS OF THE DAY
|Wow, didn't I read something like that just last month? Some things never change...|
|An annual payroll of $150K for 200 people? You do the math.|
|Shame on those brides who are "too careless or too ignorant or too lazy to have|
ever taken the trouble to master their profession."
|I beg to differ! Ahem.|
|This is an ad for a laxative. Apparently you needed to use this so you could|
avoid dieting during the holidays. So eating disorders aren't new then...
|I love this ad because not only is this shoe pretty much in style again, but it proclaims the|
benefits of the fur being on the "outside" of the boot so as to avoid "seaming against your
stockings and causing a ring".
|Although I wouldn't call these attractive, they certainly do hide figure flaws.|
Let's bring 'em back
|Madeline de Charpin was an actress in the '30s, and was declared the most |
beautiful woman in Paris and in all of France.
|How classic is this?|
SOCIETY & SCANDALS
|Now this is fascinating... Gloria Hollister was famous for being a fearless explorer in the '30s. Among|
other things, she set a record for ocean diving in a bathysphere, and discovered 43 waterfalls in
British Guinea (now Papua New Guinea). Read more about her here.
|Mrs. Farrington (centre) was the housekeeper for Walter Fetter of Elmira, ON. She was tried|
for his murder and is shown here accompanied by a warden and a guard as she leaves
|I just think it's interesting that the late race results are worthy of stopping the presses.|
DEALS OF THE DAY
|Flour, anyone? 7 lbs for only 27 cents. Take THAT, Costco!|
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PHOTOS
|Read the caption. Nothing like being noted for "picturesque working oxen". Go Nova Scotia!|
|This very somber picture was on the same page as the photo above, along with ads for skin|
care and the like. I found that odd.
|I also found this interesting paper - a Finnish periodical mailed to one Emil Maki at|
my address on September 19, 1936. I tried to find out more about him, and found his name
only on deportation lists.
|The banner translates (according to Google translate) as|
"The only democratic socialism, the ideas driving the Finnish newspaper
in America." Perhaps this is why Emil Maki was deported.
I hope you enjoyed these 75 year-old snippets. Amusing, interesting, and darn good reading, they just prove that old saying, "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose."