Category: 1900-1949

Gland Therapy, 1940

I love an old advert. The pictures, the phrasings, the products….you can often deduce a lot about the time period from very little information. Which is why www.gypsycreams.org is one of my favourite corners...

Friday Fun – Head Slap, 1935

A fairly self-explanatory game of how to box your opponents ears here, although it’s not as easy as it sounds. I love the Janet and John style illustration. From The Universal Book of Hobbies...

No Swearing for Posh Men, 1938

A legal oddity from The Weekend Book 1938 (but which had disappeared by the 1955 reprint). Public swearing was against the law, but for some it was more against the law than others. Working...

Friday Fun – Are You Frustrated? 1940

Personality tests and analysis have been going from strength to strength since Carl Jung published “Personality Types” in 1921. And, as spoofed in Monty Python’s Papperbok, I remember religiously reading them in my teenage...

The Happy Moron, 1938

A little poem, from The Weekend Book. (Nb. Some info about its possible provenance here – http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/04/29/happy-moron/)

Friday Fun – Up Jenkyns! 1938

It’s Friday and it’s time for some Skittish fun, courtesy of The Weekend Book. This is a book right up my street, full of all manner of games and instruction, written in 1924 but...

Self Defence, 1935

Hello! I’m so excited about getting going that it’s hard to know where to start. But, on reflection, it can really only be with my 1935 copy of The Universal Book of Hobbies and...