Enquire Within (7). Avoid stagnant pools…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s colours are: yellow black, yellow black, yellow black, crime scene do not cross, yellow black, yellow black.

And today’s history lesson is…
No, no, it’s just another peep into the world of Britain in the 1930s via that crusty old junk shop book The Daily Express Enquire Within from 1934 – a cornucopia of essential information and pearls of wisdom; subjects include: food and cookery, games and amusements, a social guide, household hints and miscellaneous receipts, legal information, etc. Here is a nice photograph of the title page:

DSCN4009Shall we pick out a few items at random?

Page 13: (Peace hath her victories no less renowned than war.)
Geese.– The bills and feet are red when old, yellow when young. Fresh killed, the feet are pliable, but they get stiff when the birds are kept too long. Geese are called green when they are only two or three months old. If over a twelvemonth they are not fit to bring to the table.

Page 138: (Keep your keys, and be at ease.)
Motoring. It is a mistake to suppose that motoring is a privilege reserved exclusively for the wealthy. The truth is that every man who has an income in the neighbourhood of £1,000 a year, and who will take the trouble to learn the art of driving and is dexterous enough to carry out ordinary repairs, can keep a motor-car and get full value out of it.

Page 283: (Care in summer, comfort in winter.)
Intermittent Fever, or Ague.– Take No. 13 during the intermission of the paroxysm of the fever; keeping the bowels free with a wine glass of No. 7. Avoid bad air, stagnant pools, &c.

Page 415: (Morning for work, evening for contemplation.)
Blacking for Stoves may be made with half a pound of black-lead finely powdered, and (to make it stick) mix with the whites of three eggs well beaten; then dilute it with sour beer or porter till it becomes as thin as shoe blacking; after stirring it, set it over hot coals to simmer for twenty minutes; when cold it may be kept for use.

Page 199: (Tobacco brought to England from Virginia A.D. 1588.)
Cayenne Pepper.– The cayenne of commerce is adulterated with brick-dust, red wood dust, cochineal, vermilion, and red lead. These last two are highly injurious. These can be detected by anyone possessing a good microscope. The best way to avoid impurities is to purchase the capsicums or chillies, pounding them with pestle and mortar, and rubbing through a sieve, in small quantities as required.

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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