1938 ~ Part III, Ten More New Things

Nestlé Crunch, an early wrapper look

Nestlé Crunch, an early wrapper look


Today’s installment–Ten more things that were invented, founded and established in ’38.

  1. The Nestle’s Crunch bar. (Back then, maybe it had real chocolate flavor.)
  2. Everybody was reading a new novel by Daphne DuMaurier, Rebecca. (Still really good!)
  3. Tupperware was invented.
  4. Mr. Tupper's invention

    Mr. Tupper’s invention

  5. The first Caldecott Medal was awarded.
  6. Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” was first performed, and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize later that same year.
  7. A playbill title page of Our Town

    A playbill title page of Our Town

  8. The Barbershop Harmony Society was founded.
  9. Ella Fitzgerald recorded “A Tisket, a Tasket,” which quickly shot up to #1 on the charts.
  10. This invention was introduced (I foresee a life-safety issue with the design):
  11. Alarming.

    Alarming.

  12. The ball-point pen made its debut. Before the war, it was fountain pens and inkwells like the one Cece fills in Radio Girl.
  13. Pens and ink.

    Pens and ink.


  14. Squirt was born. Said to be named that because it squirts into your mouth like a squeezed grapefruit. Well, I guess.

Seventy-five years ago this year. I was -25 years old. That’s negative 25. Ahem. 🙂

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