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Posts tagged “1937

Viktor Bulla’s Pioneers in Defense Drill; ca. 1937


“Viktor Bulla’s photograph of hundreds of children wearing gas masks was not meant to be ghoulish, a commentary on war or lost innocence, but rather exemplified a reason for pride—the country was blessed with well-trained, well-equipped and obviously courageous young fighters.”

(From “Propaganda and Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US” by Leah Bendavid-Val)


The twisted metal wreckage of the Hindenburg the day after it went down in flames. Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 7, 1937.


A child in a ‘baby cage’ – used to ensure children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, 1937

Long before the days of product liability....

Long before the days of product liability….

Newsreel footage of baby cage in action.

Nazi rally in the Cathedral of Light c. 1937

Hugo Boss really knew how to do uniforms.

Hugo Boss really knew how to do uniforms.

The sense of pageantry is awe inspiring. I guess that was the whole point. Kinda hard to sell a nation on horrific anti-Semitism and other forms of genocide with a mere town hall meeting.