Some items from ‘Enquire Within’. (1)…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to go into town, find a police officer, tell them a joke, and if they don’t laugh tickle them vigorously in the ribs until they do.

So, what do you think of these old junk shop books that I feature on these pages? I hope that you find them amusing my dear reader.
Shall we crack open another one? This is a copy of The Daily Express (a UK newspaper) Enquire Within, from 1934. I won’t show you the cover as it is a bit on the drab side, just a dark red cloth binding, but here is a picture of it open at the title page. Nice logo isn’t it?

DSCN4009I’ll just thumb through these musty pages and extract one or two random items of wisdom from it for you:

Page 125:
XXV. Where there is no umpire present, permission to move a ball, or to set up a hoop or peg or other indulgence for which an umpire would have been appealed to, must be asked of the other side.

Page 339:
The sting of a nettle may be cured by rubbing the part with rosemary, mint, or sage leaves. Dock leaves bruised also supply an effectual remedy, and are usually to be found where nettles abound.

Page 467:
Fortune-telling by cards. There is no more popular means of fortune-telling than that with a pack of cards, but the subject can not be dealt with here for lack of space. Cicely Kent is a serious student of the cards. Her new and original method of divination by cards is clearly and simply explained for the novice in her work, Telling Fortunes by Cards, 2s. 6d. net.

Page 277:
Emulsion, Laxative. Rub down an ounce of castor oil in two teaspoonfuls of mucilage of gum arabic, add three ounces of dill water, and a teaspoon of tincture of jalap, gradually. Dose, as prepared, the whole to be taken while fasting in the morning.

Page 95:
i. A dinner table should be well laid, well lighted, and always afford a little spare room. It is better to invite one friend less in number, than to destroy the comfort of the whole party. The room should be warmed to the right heat; before bringing in the cloth or other articles for the table, have the grate swept, and the sideboard and the mantelpiece dusted.


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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