Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Make Shadow Puppets With Deaf-Mute People

The back cover of this vintage "manual" from the National Deaf-Mute Sales Co. reminds you to "Be the life of the party. Show it to your friends, etc." by learning how to make these shadow pictures.

While this may be fun, the inside section contains "facts about deaf-mutes" -- which warns you not to "let noise shorten your life." (I guess the National Deaf-Mute Sales Co. wouldn't exactly be sorry to learn of your hearing loss... but death would impact their sales.)

Here are startling new facts. The din in your life. Here is a list of the seven worst noise makers:
But if you were hoping for a list of vintage New Years noisemakers, the list is far less kitsch-nostalgic:
1. Traffic.
2. Trains, planes.
3. Radios, television sets.
(Thank heavens we can now avoid such dangerous modern entertainment and make shadow pictures!)
4. Whistles, bells.
5. Constructions.
6. Loud voices.
7. Barking dogs.
So don't let barking dogs shorten your life!

Below, the front cover of this vintage booklet:

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Blogger Laura said...

On the cat one... where does that tail come from? Maybe these are meant to be done by mutants with things hanging from their elbows.

June 17, 2009 10:21 AM  

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