Life this Week: April 18, 1938

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Here are links to a few of my favorite articles from the April 18, 1938, issue of Life, courtesy of Google Books.

The cover features a portrait of Paulette Goddard with her dog.  I love her collection of bracelets!  The contents page tells us she is "generally supposed to be Mrs. Charlie Chaplin" and that she is admired in Palm Beach for her "pixyish charm and by her long fingernails, which extend nearly an inch beyond her fingertips."  Life also tells us that she carried a broken fingernail around in a sling (seriously?) and she's no longer in the running for the role of Scarlett O'Hara.

Don't be a bad-tempered bride--buy a Simmons Beautyrest!

Louis Fabian Bachrach believes the prettiest American girls are to be found along the Atlantic seaboard from Boston to Baltimore.  Do you agree?

If you're as cheap as a Scot, you'll love Sanka.  I would argue against the stereotype of my ancestral home being full of cheapskates, but I'm too busy turning off the climate control and saving yarn scraps and bread crusts.

There are two pages on the Austrian reaction to Anschluß (April 10, 1938).  Life reports, "Some observers expected that Austria may become the center of an underground anti-Nazi movement infecting all of Greater Germany." 

Oh my God, this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.  Seriously.  Even Life calls it "melodramatic Hollywood hokum" in an article about Sigrid Gurie, "the flower of Flatbush."  Unless you have a perverse love for ridiculous dialogue, ahistorical content and white actors in ethnic make-up (Basil Rathbone as an Arab, anyone?), don't bother with this one.  Funny tidbit: this film shares its "Venice" set with the (actually less crappy) Goldwyn Follies.

The Santa Fe Super Chief  has "every form of hotel comfort."  Too bad first-class accommodations no longer cost $56.15 for a trip from Chicago to Los Angeles!

Life devotes eight pages of this issue to illustrate Passover traditions, show DorĂ© engravings of the Book of Exodus and discuss the problems facing Jews in 1938.  Frankly, they could have devoted an entire issue to that topic.

There are plenty of interesting ads and articles.  Which were your favorites?

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