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American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood
American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood

"I have heard certain travellers, both American and French, assert roundly that African cannibal stories of to-day are cock-and-bull stories — that there is no cannibalism any longer in West Africa. It may interest them to know that in the districts of Man, Douekue and Guglio alone, a central forest section of the Cote d'Ivoire, Afrique Occidentale Franchise, there have been twenty-six formal convictions in the past five years (accompanied in most cases by final complete confessions), of which seven occurred in the year of Our Lord 1929."--Jungle Ways (1930) by William Seabrook

"Painting has not always existed; we can determine when it began. And if its development and its moments of greatness can be drummed into our heads, can we not then also imagine its periods of decline and even its end, like any other idea?"-- Challenge to Painting (1930) by Louis Aragon, epigraph in "The End of Painting" (1981) by Douglas Crimp

"If the evolution of civilization has such a far-reaching similarity with the development of an individual, and if the same methods are employed in both, would not the diagnosis be justified that many systems of civilization — or epochs of it — possibly even the whole of humanity — have become 'neurotic' under the pressure of the civilizing trends?" --Civilization and Its Discontents (1930) by Sigmund Freud, tr. James Strachey

Love for sale
Appetizing young love for sale
Love that's fresh and still unspoiled
Love that's only slightly soiled
Love for sale

--Love for Sale (1930) by Cole Porter

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1930 is the 930th year of the 2nd millennium, the 30th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1930s decade.


Art and culture

  • U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, Voltaire's satire, claiming obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different edition.
  • The Production Code (1930-1967)
  • Crisis of the Novel by Walter Benjamin






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