Thursday, July 9, 2015

11 April, 1935

As promised, it's the time for another historical post which will contain highlights from the next issue of the Catholic Illustration (Katholieke Illustratie). 

Among other things, we read more about the Liturgy of Holy Suffering,

a reportage about a flight to Berlin with F XXXVI "Eagle",

the continuation of a novel about the Danish king Waldemar which gets kidnapped together with his son by one of his German vassals, an article about how not to make photos,

a story about the then recent plane crash, with the pictures of the victims,

(the first pilot Piet Soer on the left),

an article about a wellness hotel in Switzerland, the events of the last week in pictures,

(the funeral of five scouts who died in a car crash)

(the Queen visits a flower exhibition)

(Lord Eden arrives in Prague and meets Dr. Benesch (on the right)), and then finally, we get the ladies' section.

So the ladies are given advice on how to save money while buying curtains, how to excercise the stomach muscles after childbirth and how to make this great tea cosy:

Because, as the article states, who wouldn't want to have it?

We now get to the fashions review. In the morning, you wore a woolen skirt with a dark blouse and a small hat, in the afternoon, a wide dress with enormous sleeves in black, or white by a black dress, in the evening, linen, cotton and artificial silk dresses with lace.

The menu for the week was:

Spinach soup, beef rolls with field peas, oranges.

Pork cutlets with rapini, bread pudding.

Ground meat with cabbage, pearl barley.

Beans with fatback and onions, rhubarb.

 Atlantic cod with carrots, rice cake with apricot jam and warm vanilla sauce.

Hutspot with  brisket, rice with butter and sugar.

Bouillon (from the brisket) with egg cheese (omelet prepared au bain-marie), veal steaks with broad beans out of a jar, compote.

One of the last items of this issue is a legend about Doubusz, a hutsul living in Carpathian mountains. He once saw Saint Elias  arguing with the Devil and shot the Devil with his rifle. As a reward, an angel of the Lord made him impossible to kill with bullets, fire and steel  and Doubusz lived as an outlaw with a band of brave and strong men whose leader he became. He helped people in need and avenged crimes and injustice, however, as so many men before him, he was ruined by a woman.

Doubusz fell in love with Axenia, a sweetheart of another man and strange enough, when her original boyfriend Stefan decided to take revenge, Axenia agreed to help. She found out that the only way to kill Doubusz was to shoot him with a silver bullet  sprinkled with juice of the magic herbs over which twelve masses were read and well through his armpit.

So the next time when Doubusz came for his nightly visit, she mocked him and shut the door in his face. Doubusz raised his arms to break it and at this moment Stefan shot him with a magic silver bullet exactly through his armpit. And thusly ended the story of Doubusz.

Ladies and gentlemen, this was all for today.


  1. Housewife from FinlandJuly 10, 2015 at 3:32 AM

    The priests actually lie down before the altar? Do they have that kind of ceremonies nowadays? I have never seen catholic ceremony or mass.

  2. I don't think so! Not after Vatican II, may be very traditional Catholics still do. It was, in any case, a very special ancient form of liturgy which they used in some monastery on Easter Eve.

  3. Enjoying these snapshots of a vanished era, sort of between the past of myths and legends, and modern times. Except for the Depression and the Nazis, must have been an interesting and wondrous time to be alive! :)

  4. I kinda like 1930s myself. Nazis were in Germany and didn't bother other people much as of yet (not in 1935), but when I think that in four years a WWII would start, I'm not envious of them all! They seem so modern and yet, there were no antibiotics, child mortality was still high (children died from normal childhood diseases), plus they had economic crisis and all this political unrest. On the other hand, the society was still pretty traditional in many ways.

  5. I recently saw a museum's depiction of a kitchen from the 1920's; it was an interesting mix of older Victorian elements like old cupboards and cabinets, and ultra-modern things like refrigerators and contemporary cooking stoves.

    I imagine life in the 1930s, based on your readings from this magazine, was somewhat analogous, in the mix of traditionalism with increasingly modern technology, etc. Both for good and ill...

  6. I think it also depended on the country. USA was pretty progressive, comparing to Europe. If I'm not mistaken, France and Belgium were pressed by America to extend suffrage to women only after WWII.