april 1937

80th Anniversary of the bombing of Guernica (Gernika)

80 years have gone by since the Nazi German Condor Legion (an air force unit Hitler wanted to test out before WWII and guess who were its Guinea pigs?) and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria warplanes bombed the Basque town of Gernika, which represented the heart of Basque culture, on April 26, 1937 at the request of the Nationalist faction during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in an manoeuvre known as Operation Rügen.

Ruins of Guernica after the bombing. Number of victims: between 150 and 1650 (estimates vary according to different reports).

This heinous attack aimed at civilians (mostly women and children since the men were away fighting at war) on a market day, inspired one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings Guernica (1937). It took him 35 days of work and finished his masterpiece on June 4, 1937.

Guernica (1937)
Pablo Picasso
349cm x 776cm
Oil on canvas
Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (Spain)

P.S. This is primarily not related to OP but if you want a slight connection to it, think about Nazi Germany being the main base for the Vinsmoke family and Jora’s art powers would connect to cubism.

One day, one rhyme- Day 1164

You were Nanna, but so much more.
You always had an open door,
An open fridge, an open heart,
Always, every day from the start.
Counsellor, peacemaker you were,
But always ready with a stir-
“Oh fight, you buggers, I hate peace.”
You were the families centerpiece.
You’d lend a hand, an ear, a knee;
The frequent ducking to Aldi-
You never ‘drove’, you never ‘went’
But always 'ducked,’ and were content;
The birthday calls, where you would sing
While we laughed, all the while cringing;
The statues and the garden gnomes
That made your house feel like our homes;
The water fights, the Christ-mouse tree
And always something nice for tea;
The 'honeymoon suite’ out the back
And laughter the constant soundtrack.
These are bonds of the heart that nothing can sever
And so we will love you forever and ever.

Today we laid to rest my Nanna, Mary Isobel Kilmartin. The last five days have been some of the hardest of my life, and I know things will be tough for the near future. I’m so glad to have spent today with family and friends remembering a truly amazing woman, who lived an extraordinary and difficult life with grace, love and a cheerful outlook. She encouraged, celebrated and cultivated my silliness at every opportunity. I will love and miss her forever.

In loving memory of Mary Isobel Kilmartin (April 13, 1937- March 5, 2017). May your afterlife be as kind to you as you have been to all you knew💚

Saucy Detective, April 1937.

Read the cover story “Body Snatchers” by John Beck. In between making love, bathing, putting on “wispy cobwebbly brassiere and panty sets,” removing same, and being mollescent, a brassy insurance investigator puts her body on the line to find out who’s smashing tombstones in Greenrest Cemetery . Also features showgirl cadavers, costumed fiends, G-men, a mad scientist and lots of euphemisms like “creamy thrusting mounds.”

Great closing line:

The man on the floor stirred and moaned–but no one had any time to hit him over the head again.

Haven’t gotten around to “The Nudist Murder Case” yet.

anonymous asked:

Ate Feli! Do you miss Nueva Espanya??


Event: WW2 Phili

//in my headcanon, Phili was in the Philippines at the time, and because this was an unplanned trip, only Manila (who often serves as an assistant to the President) was able to join the trip to Mexico


  • President Manuel Quezon was known to have a habit of changing travel plans. I would imagine this would be troublesome, considering that he was a President, and Ph foreign affairs was handled by the U.S.
  • In April 1937, after a trip to Washington, Quezon decided to go on a personal trip to Mexico before going back to the Philippines. [link]
  • He sent word to the Cuban ambassador that he was coming as a tourist, so there is no need for honors due to him as President. But when he arrived, the country threw a fiesta for him anyway, complete with military honors, cheering crowds, fancy presidential car, etc. 
  • The first 250 yrs of Spanish rule, the Ph was governed through Nueva España. And because the Philippines wasn’t a profitable colony, Nueva España was paying for the deficit from its own treasury.

In 1932, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service purchased one Savoia-Marchetti S.62 from Italy, to test as a long range flying boat.

In 1936, following completion of the Navy’s evaluation and testing, the flying boat was donated by the Navy to Nihon-Koku-Yuso-Kenkyujo (The Japanese Aviation Transportation Institute), where it received the civilian registration 'J-BBWI’.

It was remodelled and scheduled to participate in 1937 in the 15-year celebrations since the founding of the Kenkyujo, by flying from Osaka to Thailand, but the plan did not materialise. It was instead used in sea rescue and fish spotting.

Above is a rather rare photo from a vintage, April, 1937 publication, with the flying boat in front of the Kenkyujo hangar. 

Theda Bara at age 52 with her husband, Charles Brabin. 

The occasion was Basil Rathbone’s 11th wedding anniversary. Their celebrity couple friends were instructed to come as famous couples throughout history. Playing on her vamp notoriety, Theda’s husband came as Dracula and she as Dracula’s bride. From the April 19, 1937 issue of LIFE magazine.

The offices of the Central Social Institution of Prague, Czechoslovakia with the largest vertical letter file in the world. Consisting of cabinets arranged from floor to ceiling tiers covering over 4000 square feet containing over 3000 drawers of 10 feet long.

It has electric operated elevator desks which rise, fall and move left or right at the push of a button. to stop just before drawer desired. The drawers also open and close electronically. This work, which formerly taxed 400 workers, is now done by 20 with a minimum of effort. 26th April 1937.


Ueno Park 上野公園, Tokyo. Hanami 花見 (Cherry blossom viewing)

April 1937 color film by William Carey Crane

This is 3 minutes and 51 seconds of the earliest color film shot in Japan. It was shot by US Brigade General William Carey Crane on 16mm Kodachrome. This video is from the last few minutes of part one of the Discovery Channel’s “The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire”, 2011.

Source : Youtube

Baldur von Schirach with his mother Emma Middleton Lynah Tillou in this April 1937 photograph. Emma Middleton was an American born in Philadelphia, PA who wanted her son to possibly work on Wall Street. In April of 1928, Baldur von Schirach visited New York City, he was 20 at the time and was accompanied by his mother.