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Referring to the time period between 1930 A.D. and 1939 A.D. by the Gregorian calendar.

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What Is this circa 1930 German object: a toy set, a poster or something else?

I have a low resolution reproduction of an old photograph, the original unfortunately no longer exists. It was taken at Christmas, with a nativity scene in the foreground and a Christmas tree on the ...
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Did the Issa ally themselves with the Italians or with Ethiopia in the 1930?

Did the Issa ally themselves with the Italians or with Ethiopia in the 1930? I found conflicting statements about this. Wikipedia claims without an immediate citation that: In the Italian invasion of ...
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Could healthy young men avoid Wehrmacht conscription before 1939?

The path for men in Nazi Germany seemed to be being part of the Hitlerjugend until the age of eighteen, then serving in the Reichsarbeitsdienst for six months, and then doing two years in the ...
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What is the small country between USSR and Mongolia in 1935?

Please, help me to identify the small territory to the northwest of Mongolia that you can see in this map: I've searched on Google and Wikipedia with no results. (I know it's not so small a ...
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Did the drapes in old theatres actually say "ASBESTOS" on them?

In many old cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s, whenever there is a theatre scene or similar, and the curtains come down, they literally say "ASBESTOS" on them. Was this based on real life? ...
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Did Stalin have full control of the government in 1936?

I know that Stalin was only one of several successors to Lenin (and not a favored one at that) when Lenin died. However, Stalin was able to quickly forge alliances within the Party to oust his most ...
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What was up with "Alicorn" in the 1920's and 30's

My question is about the applications of the term "alicorn." What I know is that it's a medieval term used for supposed compounds of unicorn horn. Later Peers Anthony used the term for a horned ...
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In what ways was the Gold Confiscation Act of 1933 beneficial/detrimental to Americans?

On March 9, 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) called Congress in for an emergency session, which would result in the speedy passing of the Gold Confiscation Act. According to FDR's Executive Order (...
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Were there hippies in the USA in 1930?

I was wondering if there were hippies or a group with similar worldviews, around 1930 in Chicago or in general in the USA. I would also be interested in their worldview / philosophy. Are they ...
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Did the Finns have aluminum screw caps in 1939?

I was looking at images from the 1939 Winter War https://www.rferl.org/a/finlands-winter-war-with-the-soviet-union/30280490.html and found this interesting one. source The Molotov cocktail has an ...
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How many people were affected by the Holodomor [Famine-Genocide in Ukraine]

How many people were affected during the famine? Are there any sources for Soviet records on the Holodomor?
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What did male motorcyclists wear in 1930s England?

What did male motorcyclists wear in 1930s England? I'm assuming the outfits from Watch This Club Ride Vintage 1930s Motorcycles Across France are probably pretty accurate, as well as the top image ...
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In Shanghai before World War II what were relations like between the Europeans living there and the local Chinese?

My Uncle has been telling me a lot about my great grandfather. He was in the merchant marine and, before World War II, he was stationed in Shanghai which at the time had a large European population. ...
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Was being in the KKK politically/socially acceptable in early 1900's American South?

This question was inspired by the movie O Brother Where Art Thou, set in Mississippi in 1937. While the events are clearly fictional, the film draws a lot of historical inspiration from real prople ...
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Can anyone help me find out about a historic Department of Water and Power building, seemingly built in 1923?

I was reading an old newspaper about a stick-up crew. It described an area in Los Angeles, California that I believe I have located. The article describes an "alley running north and south from ...
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What percentage of people were acquitted in "Stalin's trials"

What proportion of those accused under Article 58 and other political articles were acquitted in 1930-1953 in the USSR?
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Was the term "depression" (in the economic sense) originally coined to describe and downplay current events in the 1930s?

Several years ago, I heard someone claim that the distinction between "recession" and "depression" is less than 100 years old. Apparently all economic downturns used to be called ...
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Were there duststorms in Louisiana in the 1930's?

I am researching the dust-bowl era of the US, and am wondering if the dust-bowl impacted Louisiana. I know it was mostly in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico etc. But I am wondering if it is plausible for a ...
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What were the reasons for the Federal Art Project?

From August 29, 1935, until June 30, 1943 United States promote what they called Federal Art Project. Reputed to have created more than 200,000 separate works, FAP artists created posters, murals ...
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What was the expected retirement age for men in Spain in 1936?

I am trying to find out what the expected age of retirement was for men in Spain in 1936. I tried searching the Internet but the results I found were for recent years and not time past.
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Help identify this ceremony (probably 1930's London)?

This image was found in a collection that suggests that it is likely to be in London, perhaps 1930 or a bit earlier. It may be the laying of a foundation stone. We'd like to identify the event. Are ...
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Does anyone recognize the identity and location of this octagonal structure?

The attached picture is from the video Unique color footage of The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg - YouTube at about 2:52. It is of an octagonal structure, possibly in Nazi Germany. Not sure if the ...
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Did Man Ray photograph Nimet Eloui Bey in the all together?

I'm currently researching the photographer and model Lee Miller and the photographers, painters and models she knew, as well as anyone else to whom she was close. One of the people Miller was closest ...
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Why did the Spanish government award a decoration to Chiang Kai-Shek?

In 1936 the republican government granted Chiang the Order of Isabella the Catholic.1 Why did they do that? The Wikipedia article on Chiang is where I got this from.
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What were the largest companies in the world before and after the Great Depression?

The Great Depression obviously had a very severe effect on stock markets; how did this affect the world’s largest companies, by market capitalization? Were steel companies, such as U.S. Steel, ...
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How did the authorities not find the speakeasy clubs during the prohibition?

I've always been baffled and fascinated by this "prohibition" era in the USA between 1920 and 1933. That's 13 years! I know very well about the concept of "speakeasy" clubs, that is, illegal bars. ...
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What does this Italian soldier's 1930’s uniform tell us about his job and rank?

The below photo of a soldier was taken in Sicily in the mid to late 1930’s. I have been told he may have served in Libya for the Italians. What type of soldier was he and what rank did he have? What ...
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What was that early TV or cinema commercial which was (maybe) the first to feature a shower/somebody showering?

I don't remember when I saw or heard this, where or in what form, but I either listened to the radio maybe 10-15 years ago, or watched it on TV around the same time. I think they were talking either ...
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What uniform is this man wearing in South Wales just before World War 2?

This picture is from a Swansea Facebook group. It was taken in South Wales just before World War 2. He was thought to be a member of the Coast Guard or Civil Defence. What uniform is this man wearing?...
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What route did the Hindenburg take when traveling from Germany to the U.S.?

Today's passenger jets travel the shortest (northern) route, which takes them over Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. However, that's where the Hindenburg would have encountered the Westerlies, ...
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What was life like in the 1920s to 1930s in Bruno, Saskatchewan?

What was the population, demographics, and types of services that they would have had? Looking for an overview of that whole area during the 1920s and '30s. Would most babies been born at a ...
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Where could I find a map of the communes for Bavaria region before 1930?

I am looking into data for an article and I am missing a pretty important map. The map relates to this question. I need a map of Bavaria communes, the so called Gemeinden divisions (~municipalities ...
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What activities for children were there in Paris in the 1930s (that were not also available in the countryside)?

I've been watching the show Les Grandes Grandes Vacances recently and in the first episode a 12 year old kid complains about the countryside being boring and wanting to go back to Paris. This ...
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What happened to the S.A. (Sturmabteilung; "Stormtroopers") after The Night of the Long Knives?

I'm reading The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany by Warren B. Marris, Jr. (Nelson-Hall, Chicago), 1982 for an eassay. It outlines the power that the Sturmabteilung (abbreviated S.A., trans ...
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Why was no Nobel Prize for Literature awarded in 1935?

The Swedish Academy has just announced that as a result of recent scandals and associated resignations within the Academy, no prize for Literature will be awarded for 2018. I am curious about this ...
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How were blacks excluded from juries in the US southern states in the 1930s?

As I am in the process of re-reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird, I did a bit of elementary research on the subject of jury selection in Alabama. I discovered that in the Scottsboro boys case (...
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What happened at the Battle (or not?) of Luding Bridge, during the Long March of Chinese Communists in 1935?

I've just finished reading Mao: The Unknown Story by Chang and Halliday. She seems very biased against Mao and revels in accusing him of lying and manipulating. If this were to be taken as a serious ...
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Which tools were available in 1933 for the Chinese government to intervene in the money market?

I do not have profound knowledge of the Chinese banking sector in the 1930s, but, for instance, Tamagna, Frank M. Banking and finance in China. International Secretariat, Institute of Pacific ...
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What was the impact of race in the French Foreign Legion in the 20th century?

Lately I've been interested in the French Foreign Legion and found that it's somewhat difficult to find information about racial topics on the subject. Were for example blacks allowed to serve, and if ...
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Transatlantic Zeppelin trips usually took > 100 hours. How did they stock enough food, and where did they sleep?

I never fail to be bewildered with the Zeppelins. Apart from the arduous and boring journey - how did the passengers rest - I don't see pics of any rooms or beds - how did they sleep at all? ...
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Were Great Britain and France better prepared for war in 1939 than in 1938?

With regard to the Munich Agreement of 1938, there are some voices that defend Chamberlain's appeasement policy, arguing that the year before the war actually began benefited Britain because it was ...
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Did Hitler, or any non USSR residents in the 30s-40s know about Stalin's purges?

In Downfall, Hitler laments about how he should have purged the military officers like Stalin did, so my question is: would people have actually known about Stalin's purges during that time ?
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Was Nazi Germany still burning books in 1935?

Book burnings started in 1933, but did they continue on in 1935 and maybe beyond?
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Was the Stock Market Crash of 1929 a cause or result of the Great Depression?

Did the Stock Market Crash of 1929 effectively cause the Great Depression, or were there economic factors already in place at that time such that the Greet Depression would have happened anyway, and ...
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Did indebted families commonly sell daughters into prostitution in Japan?

I'm writing a Graphic novel with a segment in 1930's and 40's japan. I've looked around on the web but have been unable to find specific answers. I've heard girls were often sold to brothels by their ...
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What was the price of basic foodstuff in 1930 Poland?

I'm working on a movie shot in Warsaw. The movie takes places in the 30s in Poland and we're currently searching for the prices of basic food during that time. Generally speaking, what was the price ...
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How did schoolgirls dress in Japan in the 1930s/40s?

I'm writing a graphic novel with a segment in 1930's and 40's Japan. I've looked around but haven't been able to find any specific answers. How would teenage schoolgirls have dressed at that time?
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Why was only the Silver medal awarded for music at the 1932s Olympics?

At the 1932s Olympics, Chzechoslovakian composer Josef Suk won the Silver medal in the music category: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Suk_(composer) I'm wondering why no gold or bronze medal was ...
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Japanese prostitution in 1940s

I've been looking around on the web for information about prostitutes in japan in the 1940s. I am unable to find anything helpful, as all that is mentioned are "Comfort Women". I need information ...
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What courses would have been required to get a B.A. in America in the 1930s?

I know in the early 20th century the liberal arts curriculum was focused much more on the classics, but am interested in knowing specifically what courses were required to graduate during the Great ...