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A West Virginia Coal Miner and his family during the American Depression



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May 12, 2015 · 7:30 am

Hostess Unafraid, 1934


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Lucky Tiger Tonic



The advertisement above is from a Roanoke newspaper, around the 1930s, for Lucky Tiger, a hair tonic that was supposed to cure dandruff.  The company began in the basement of amateur scientist and barber Benjamin Clarke, in the 1920s.  By 1935, it was trademarked and considered a barbershop staple.  And despite hard times throughout the decades, Lucky Tiger is still around today!  Below is a later ad for Lucky Tiger, most likely from the 1950s.


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Playing house, 1930s

Photo credit is due, but not sure to whom.

Photo credit is due, but not sure to whom.

I absolutely love this photo.  I’m guessing this was taken in the 1930s, based on the shortness of her dress (thanks to Shirley Temple), the knee socks, the tiny empire-waist cardigan, and the headscarf. Her babies are all lined up in her rocking horse, ready for the little girl’s imaginative ride.  She sucks her thumb, unaware of the camera as she stares down at her sailor suited, porcelain doll.The rocking horse (horse carriage?) looks handmade, with a fabric basket in paisley for her dolls’ comfort.  Perhaps its just the image, but it looks like fabric is worn, with a spot of dirt at the center right, just before the dowel-maybe signifying this as reused fabric, or a much loved couch cushion converted for the moment on her whim.

Candid photos are my favorite.  I always wonder what’s going through someone’s head as they’re being photographed, completely unaware of the moment being captured in time.

Note: I do not own this photo; I found it on the internet and fell in love with it.  If I could give credit to the owner, I would, but it’s origin is unknown, as I found it on Pinterest and it has no follow-up link!

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Nautical Rompers and the First Day of School

sue's dad first day of school

Here is a wonderful photo of my mother-in-law’s dad, Pete Gallup (nicknamed after a children’s story that he liked, as his real name is Shelley).  I’ve been told that this is a photograph of him on his first day of school, taken either outside his family home in Omaha, Nebraska, or in Indiana. His excitement is readily apparent on his face- his smile large, his eyes crinkled, and his cheeks glowing.  He runs toward the camera, his bright blonde hair windblown. His arms swing, clutching his little white paper bags.

One of the cutest things about this picture, beyond his excitement of course, is his outfit.  Full length rompers, such as this one, were popular in the 1930s (as were short rompers!).  His outfit’s pattern, the nautical style stripes, were extremely popular in the late 19teens and 1920s, but there was a resurgence of the sailor styles in 1934.  Additionally, the multiple buttons along the waist are a characteristic of boys clothing in 1935.  I love the wide two-toned collar, the pocket, and the wide bands just above his un-scuffed shoes.  Judging by the age of Pete (who was born in 1931), and the style of clothing, I’m thinking this photograph is c.1934 or 1935.

This is Corinne’s son, the little girl who stuck her tongue out at the camera.  We’ll learn more about her through photographs at some point soon.

Further Reading:

Charlotte. ‘Sailor Style Evolution Part 3: Nautical Sails Again.’  Tuppence Ha’penny. 2 June 2011. Weblog. 18 October 2013 http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/06/sailor-style-evolution-part-3-nautical.html

‘Sears Catalogue, 1935.’ Flikr. 6 November 1939. Image. 20 October 2013 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21233184@N02/4081064468/lightbox/

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Cron-Kills Secretary

Remember when my mom bought that Transitional Rococo Revival/Renaissance Revival Chair at that estate sale a while back?  Well, she also placed a bid on (and won!) this beautiful secretary.

You'll have to excuse the awful photo. There is a huge window causing all that light disturbance just on the other side of the wall!

You’ll have to excuse the awful photo. There is a huge window causing all that light disturbance just on the other side of the wall!

Manufactured by the Cron-Kills Co., out of Piqua, Ohio, this secretary illustrates affordable, yet elegant, craftsmanship.

inside drawer

Built in the early 1900s (I’m guessing 1930s), this secretary combines Victorian splendor through the detailed claw feet, Art Nouveau undulations seen in the front, a Sheraton influenced arched pediment, along with the sleek lines of the Arts and Crafts movement.

claw feet

Unfortunately, the finial on the front does not go with this piece, and it’s unclear where the original may have disappeared.  It’s a slightly different color finish than the rest of the piece.  The finial, along with the detachable bookcase, was shoved in a closet at the owner’s house!


The interior of the desk really caught my eye when we were at the estate sale.  All those little compartments!  There are even a few hidden ones!


Andrew J. Cron (1852-1905) started the Cron-Kills Company in Piqua Ohio after working for L.C. & W.L. Cron Furniture Company as a cabinet maker.  Cron passed away in 1905, leaving his partner, R.B. Kills, to carry out business. The Cron-Kills company was most known for their ladies slant-top writing desks, as well as their wardrobes.  The company went out of business around 1940.


Further Reading:

Hover, John Calvin and Joseph Daniel Barnes, ed. Memoirs of the Miami Valley, Volume 1.  Boston: Robert O. Law Company, 1920. Print.


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