Archive for February, 2009

Changing the Tire, 1940s.

Monday, February 16th, 2009


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Changing a tire on a snowy mountain road. Appears 1940s.

Children and Playground, 1930s.

Friday, February 6th, 2009


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A caretaker or teacher, with children. Appears 1930s, possibly taken in Texas or the south-central region of the U.S. More here.

The Mysterious Talking Board Ouija! 1930.

Thursday, February 5th, 2009


“Many scientists claim that the “Ouija board” answers questions through personal magnetism. Spiritualists claim that invisible spirits guide its movements and an unknown power of superior intelligence rules our future,” claims this 1930 advertisement for the Ouija board. Unsure how to pronounce the pormanteau title? The article alternatively refers to it as the “wee gee” board, preventing any confusion. Simple directions were sent with each board, and it claims Ouija Board parties “are the most popular attractions at many gatherings.” From the Model Publishing Catalog.

Family Photo, 1930s.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

A family posing for a photo in front of a house. Appears 1930s (See comments). More of this group here.

Prince of Persia, 1909.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Portraits from Persia, early 1900s, around 1910. The images are somewhat related to an entry in The Book of History describing Persia (also called Iran in the article) up until the exile of the Shah and the division of their land between England and Russia. The article ends with the ominous claim that the treaty resulted in the end of an independent nation of Persia. Iran, however, grew from the remains; however, their more rural and less progressive residents have not changed much from these pictures a century ago. The article does not explain what the ‘political prisoners’ were in chains for, although it vaguely hints at ‘reformers’ who were instrumental in deposing of the Shah.