Friday, October 9, 2009

How Jaws' Grandma Spent Her Vacation

This is, of course, Jaws' grandma summering on Nantucket in the summer of 1937, accepting the accolades of the crowd. She looks a little cranky. She might need a snack or a cup of tea. This is always good when that cranky feeling hits around the middle of the afternoon!

Would you believe that this was part of an elaborate hoax? How could it have possibly fooled anyone? That thing looks like it was part of a carnival midway. See here at Cabinet of Wonders and over at the Nantucket Historical Society's Flickr page for more.

Postcard from the same, the NHA's collection at Flickr.

2 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

Wait. People thought this thing was REAL??? I know it was a simpler time. I didn't realize that meant more stupid. Sheesh.

Lidian said...

Tori - Yeah, apparently they did. I know, it's hard to believe!