Thursday, January 21

Saturday, November 11

The possession of Easter Island is transferred from the Williamson-Balfour Company to the Republic of Chile. Interesting that they should do this without first destroying all those awesome statues, just because, well, capitalism. We get lucky sometimes. The idea of the dust bowl kicks off in the North country, sort of a trial run. The famous Dust Bowl in Kansas and Oklahoma won't get cranking until next year. Folks come out to celebrate the arrival of a boatload of gin on the West coast. That ain't gonna last long. The end of the Great War had its own special day. Some people were growing nostalgic for it. get your war on, here

Friday, November 10

Death, taxes, advertising. Always with us. These brands are still with us, in part because of the effectiveness of their advertising in the Saturday Evening Post. If I had to name the most ubiquitous form of propaganda in 1933, I'd say it was the Post. It was cheap, it was dumb enough for any reader, and the pictures were pretty. Campbells was selling love. Nothing says home like a big old pot of soup simmering on the stove, but who has the time? Now you buy it in a can, but can you trust it on your children? Well, just look at these kids! I mean, really look at them. (if you click the picture you'll get a super big image) Brother and Sister can't wait to get home to a bowl of Mom's soup. It's fall (just about November 11, probably), the prairie grass is a beautiful yellow, t...

Thursday, November 9

Show of hands. There's an old pickup line. The Victorian "rake" proposes to the girl that she come up to his place to see his etchings. If the rake's etchings included this Picasso, it would be like asking a girl out to see A Clockwork Orange on the first date. Adolf and the boys like to remember the old days, when they were young and full of cum, and how they tried to overthrow the government that one time? LOLs! Good thing the Germans love their beer. The other diplomats think that the Nazis may be overcompensating just a tad. Many still didn't understand how deeply crazy they were. FDR launches what was in reality a "make work" program. It offered some 4,000,000 unemployed a paycheck for tidying up around the place, grading playing fields and building bleachers. He got calle...

Wednesday, November 8

Ring out the old. The street is swept clear of debris after the torrent of leaves has fallen. Nearly. Still a leaf or two stubbornly refusing to leave. The last state needed to ratify the repeal of prohibition has tallied up its votes, and it's clear now, as if it wasn't already, that the nation wants to return to its old bad habits. So if you want to please your guests, you'll need to pick a winner. Yuengling claims to be the nations oldest brewery, and here they are, charging out of the gate. I suspect that they were keeping in practice somehow through the 1920's. Isn't this interesting? Looks a lot like an International Space Station to me. fly it high, here.

Tuesday, November 7

A major election in the US results in a win for a third party??? The Fusion party candidate Fiorello La Guardia is elected mayor of New York City. He ran as the anti-corruption candidate and it turns out he wasn't lying. His adventures were celebrated by millions of people, but some histories are more private, published only for the immediate participants. Until the internet, of course. Then we all get to enjoy them. One for the tankies. Now I know why they hold those big parades when it's so cold. If you lived in Moscow you wouldn't mind. In some places winters are cold, in some places they're just dry. It's a good time to start a journey of 12,500 miles. They didn't call him Mahātmā for nothing. time to make a change

Monday, November 6

If you could only reach inside your mind, rummage around, find out what's going on in there. Self-help has been around a long time, and even now back issues of Science of Mind are available from 1933. Because, you know, science never goes out of date. Or something. The young lady may look as though she's doing some heavy thinking in this photo, and that's an excellent idea when your job consists of being beautiful. As long as your expression leaves the door wide open to interpretation, well. I do wonder what's going on in there- I imagine it's harder than it looks. Sherlock is on the move here, let's hope his crew doesn't scare all the ducks away. Watson was on hand to record the event, it seems. Manga was strange in '33. Artists weren't concerned much about copyright it seems- ...

Sunday, November 5

Everybody is glad- maybe because the election is over? They were still in their first year with Franklin, and while he confused investors with his reversal on government gold purchasing, regular folks liked what he was doing. It was "do something, anything" versus "keep things the same". But Tex died suddenly while on tour. It was something in the water, which was the joke she made. Notorious pistol-packin' mama, the prototype for Mae West. That's the way the girls are from Texas.How delighted she looks to be watching hamburger cook via invisible rays! Once again, Pynchon climbs aboard with his Pig Bodine discovering microwave cookery while in the Navy, having stashed some purloined burger near his ships radar antenna and coming back to find it nicely done. The novel "V" is chock ...

Saturday, November 4

Other worlds. There was a story that today "Otto Fischer of Germany became the first person to be launched in a manned rocket". Of course it never happened, but it would be easy to believe it. There is another world in which a German IS the first man in space, launched in a specially built V2 rocket near the end of WWII. His journey forms the geometric shape that is the title of the novel "Gravity's Rainbow". It's a good read, but it's not from 1933- and it also never happened.There was plenty available to feed the imagination about other worlds in 1933. Astounding Stories was a "pulp" that I guess was trying to steal some of Amazing Stories' thunder. Just the fact that there were so many pulps filled with atrocious stories tells me how strong the pull of other worlds could be. I ...

Friday, November 3

Seems like happy times around the old burn barrel! Strikers at the Hormel plant refuse to back down. The Chicago Fair closes after a pretty damn good run. This is the first I've seen any attendance figures- to give you a rough idea, the major vertical divisions each represent 50,000 people. Other than the first and last weeks there were never less than 50,000 people a day at the fair, with a maximum of 365,000 attending on September 3rd. I bet ol' Walt was there taking notes! A lot of streets were still brick in 1933, often with a tar overlay, but it looks like these in Davenport were macadam. Half a dozen actual workers, and if you count the kids, twice as many "supervisors". It's good clean entertainment. Garrett Price, like George Herriman and his Krazy Kat, wasn't so much a p...

Thursday, November 2

A great idea- have a party for the departed. Everybody is invited, saints and sinners alike. The dead don't care. In America they are in the midst of building a gigantic structure to contain the relics which have been scattered all over the place. There are the major artifacts of legend, such as the Constitution and the Articles, the address that Lincoln made in Gettysburg- but there are literally tons of boring records that the archivists think we may want to hang on to. It's a full-time job. Things are preserved in England just for the fun of it. They did a nice job on the hay wagon, don't you think? I know the French wouldn't be so careful about preserving this tradition. No, the French have a clean, modern station in Cherbourg. It would be a shame if somethin' were to happen...