Category: 1900-1949

Rude Archives

Firstly, sorry for this post. Actually, this is the kind of thing that annoying hashtag #sorrynotsorry is for, I suppose. But sorry to those on my mailing list who may be looking at this...

Fox Fur Advert, 1938

Ugh. Now this is one thing I don’t get at all. Mink coats, well, that’s one thing – I don’t think they look nice, quite apart from the skinning of a huge number of...

A Disappointing Night’s Work, 1908

Ha ha! There’s something really quite satisfying about rubbish criminals. Here’s an article about some terrible burglars in 1908 – they missed the painting worth £500 and “ceramic curios” and only made off with...

The British Swastika, 1918

It was a bit startling to see this in a newspaper from 1918. I had to check the date first as a swastika seems strangely out of place in Western history outside of Nazi...

Oxydol advert, 1937

If I was a 1937-era housewife, this advert would definitely work on me. The thought of spending one whole day a week washing all the dirty laundry in one big go, the hard way,...

Jean Harlow’s Black Thoughts, 1935

Jean Harlow, tragic blonde bombshell, died only 2 years after this article was printed. In 1937, kidney failure took her at the ridiculously young age of 26. “Jean” was actually her mother’s name, she...