‘Remove the trip wire and bait holder…’

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s great name for an artist is Laszlo Maholy-Nagy. (LMN)

Now then, where did I put my copy of that fascinating old junk shop book The 1954 Gadgets Annual? Ah, there it is. It was hiding in plain sight all the time, the drabness of the red and cream cover made it difficult to spot. Look, here’s a picture of the title page:

DSCN3900The book is concerned with the construction of useful and handy things for the home or garden shed workshop, being thrifty with one’s money, and most important, giving the gentleman of the house something to occupy himself in the evenings and at the weekends.
There are two or three items per page; here are a few headings picked at random: A novel gardening carryall, An improvised grip for a screwdriver, A milk bottle top lifter, Made from a pencil – a model makers’ grease gun… etc. Let’s have a look at this interesting example on page 12:

WP DSCN4104‘Albert!… Albert!…’
‘Yes Madge?…’
‘Where are you?’
‘I’m just out the back dear. I’m raking out the air bricks with a hooked wire before the weather gets too…’
‘What’s all this?…’
‘Oh hello dear… All what?’
‘All this!… These mouse-traps… fastened to the kitchen wall?’
‘Ah yes. Isn’t it a fine idea? I thought that we…’
‘Is this from that stupid magazine of yours Albert?’
‘You see, they could hold recipes for when you are cooking, and you could keep your shopping list on one, and…’
‘Take them down!’
‘Take them down! Imagine when I have friends round Albert, and they ask why we have mouse-traps on our walls!…’
‘I’m sure that you’d find them very handy dear, if only you’d…’
‘Albert, take them down, now – and I don’t want to see any marks on the wallpaper when you’ve finished…’



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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