Many have drawn parallels between our troubled times and the late 1930s, and it might be helpful to see how they celebrated during the festive Christmas season.
Anti Semitism was on the rise, fascists were taking over Europe, and a world at war was just around the corner, but in 1938, there was plenty to celebrate at Christmas time for Americans.
And plenty of suggestions on how to have fun.
Life was just a bowl of cherries when you don one of these fun rubber masks sure to add some spice and laughs at your Christmas party.
Is that Hitler I see kissing a Glamor girl under the mistletoe? Do I spy Mussolini having a tete-a-tete with an ape over the welsh rarebit? Uh oh, looks like Stalin is getting a bit tipsy from too much eggnog! Can’t take that Uncle Joe anywhere!
These fun masks were made in 1938 by Don Post Sr. who made history by creating the first over-the-head latex mask.
The only fun mask missing from this 1930s coterie of characters is Neville Chamberlain who might enjoy partying with the 3 authoritarians with his promises of appeasement.
In the 1950s Hollywood discovered Don Post Studios and put its talents to work on many motion pictures, television shows, commercials, and stage projects. Because of Don’s relationships throughout Hollywood, he pioneered the art of product licensing, resulting in amazing licensed masks from Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, and the Universal Classic Monsters.
Looks like he was onto something in 1938.