Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Baby Got Back-Fat
I'm too amused & enthralled to really research this one, kids... Besides, isn't it time you told me something?
The illustration dates to 1909; Vol. 30, December, No. 1, of The Philistine.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Mamma's Squeeze-Box Ends Up At Thrift Shoppe
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The Room That Is All Wrong
You thought I forgot, didn't you?
I didn't. I was A) hoping you folks would actually guess & B) I decided this would make an excellent poster for the bathroom -- you know, to give guests something to do while they were just sitting there...
Anyway, posters are now available and so I present the answers from page 3285 in The Book of Knowledge encyclopedias, circa 1910. (In some cases I copied the text direct because it's such a treat to read it as written.)
1 The door by which we enter the room has the finger-plates and handle and keyhole on the wrong side, being against the hinges.
2 The oval picture is hanging from a hook which is placed upside down on the picture-rail.
3 The landscape (next to oval picture) is upside down.
4 The picture hanging inn the corner has no hook at all.
5 The skirting board is reversed.
6 & 7 "We shall be surprised to find that the maid is about to shovel on to the gas-fire some coal she has taken from a coal-scuttle which has quite an impossible handle. The handle is round the bottom of the scuttle in such a way that it could not possibly be swung round for the purpose of lifting the scuttle."
8 The hands of the clock are wrong (the little hand would point to a minute or so past the hour, not before it).
9 & 10 The window fastener is the wrong way around -- and the handle to lift the lower half has been fixed on back to front.
11 The support for the curtain pole is fastened on the top, instead of at the side, which would prevent putting the pole over it.
12 The knob to open the shutter is on the wrong side.
13 "Moving round the room we come against a hassock, the lungs of which are on the sides instead of on the ends. Let us take it up and we shall notice how very awkward it would be if hassocks were always made like this one."
14 "There is something strange about the dog too. It is a spaniel with a collie's tail."
(I guess Victorians weren't fond of mutts.)
15 & 16 The chair has been "very carelessly upholstered" -- the pattern is the wrong way up, the castor has been fixed on wrong and "it would soon break with the weight of anyone sitting in the chair."
17 The floor-boards have been placed in the wrong direction "and what would happen to them underneath the carpet is impossible to say."
How many did you find?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So Your Parents Are Celebrating Their 50th Wedding Anniversary -- I'll Tell You What You're NOT Going To Do
I don't care how personalized, pretty, or 'golden' it is. One trip to any thrift store, and you will see isles littered with such token gifts nobody wants.
Sure, you could argue (insensitively, yet pragmatically) that a couple may, in fact, pass away not long after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary -- but the lesson here is that no one in the family wants to keep such mementos.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Victorian Rooms?
What Is Wrong In This Room?Luckily we have the volume with page 3285 -- and I'll present the answers in a few days or so.
This picture has been drawn with seventeen things wrong in it. It will interest you to find out these mistakes and write them down, comparing your list with the correct listing appearing on page 3285.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Ladies Don't Argue With A Burglar
Thursday, July 17, 2008
1910 End of World Souvenir
Found at Ruby Lane, the Seller Says:
This is a very rare French postcard marking the mania over the approaching of Halley's Comet. Published in Germany (FM Cologne noted on back), the text is all in French and the card is described on the back as "the official souvenir card of the end of the world, the 19th of May, 1910." Quite strange, but the sender Lily looks like she followed her name with the word "aeroplane" and a long curving line .... imitating the tail of Halley's Comet. In the Zeppellin, the words are written "On s'en f..... pas mal!!" That's a little risque for Edwadian times....the f.... word stands for fessess or buttocks. The moon with the outstretched arms is saying, best I can understand, "It will be good to come here." "Good by and thanks" a man hanging onto an umbrella says. "Expedition to the moon: grand speed, 200 francs per blow (from the canon)." Le dernier salut" is French for "the last goodbye or salute."
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Put That In Your Pipe & Smoke It
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Because I Like Storks, And You Like Camera Stuff
An 1887 motion study photograph by Eadweard Muybridge, who apparently used this 1884 "Folmer and Schwing division, Eastman Kodak Co." camera.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The Microbe: A Contagious Rag
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Bring Out Your Dead
It's an antique sale -- and the antiques are dead people. Note to self: if the bones are old, the state of Ohio stops worrying about whether or not they're human remains. Addendum note to self: there are some creepy, creepy collectors.