Enquire Within (18). “A fly-balloon of wire gauze”…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s interesting and amusing typing error I made this morning was the word  sinstructions.

I suppose this was the Google or the Wikipedia of it’s day…
Yes, I’m taking about that scruffy old junk shop book of mine The Daily Express Enquire Within from 1934.
You can search through or just dip into: legal information, a social guide, food and cookery, gardening hints, games and amusements, household hints and miscellaneous receipts... Hang on, I don’t even know what miscellaneous receipts are!… Actually I don’t even care, let’s have a look at the title page, it has a nice globe emblem on it – oh, come on everyone, let’s all say it together! After me: globe emblem, globe emblem, globe emblem!

DSCN4009Shall we flip the book open at random dear reader and see what catches our communal eye. At the top of each page there is a pithy proverb, or some words of uplifting wisdom, I will include one of these with each of my selections:

Page 382. (Out of debt, out of danger)
Language of Flowers.
The symbolism of flowers has always possessed a certain fascination, especially for the young person of either sex. That it is wholly unscientific does not matter; it is only the sentiment that counts. By use and wont the blossom and leaves of certain trees are included under the term “flowers”.
Acacia, Friendship.
Almond blossom, Encouragement.
Aloe, Grief.
Anemone, Soul of Goodness.
Apple blossom, You are preferred.

Page 195. (Violent passions lead to great depressions.)
The “Eyes” Game.
The curtains having been drawn all close, the players all except one go behind them. Those behind the curtain choose one of their number who looks between the curtains showing only their eyes. The player who is left in the room has to guess who it is. If he is wrong he has to pay a forfeit. If right he may go behind the curtains, and the one detected has to guess.

Page 112. (Govern wealth discreetly.)
Coffee Custard.
Take a half a pint of hot milk, and the same quantity of strong coffee, also two ounces of sugar. Having dissolved the sugar in the hot milk and coffee, add the same slowly to four eggs previously well beaten up.

Page 402. (Short reckonings make long friends.)
To Kill Flies.
Traps. – Glass bell traps, baited with a mixture of sugar and beer are efficacious, or fly-balloons of wire gauze baited with a paste made of sugar and cheese with water. Put the balloons in a hot oven for a few minutes to kill the flies.

Page 468. (Love thyself last.)
The belief in dreams is as old as the hills. Joseph’s ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream was the stepping stone to his becoming the ruler of Egypt, and the soothsayer has been much sought after down through the centuries. A most comprehensive work giving the interpretation of dreams on all sorts of topics is The Gypsy Queen Dream Book, by Madame Juno, the Gypsy Queen, 2s. and 6d. net.


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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4 Responses to Enquire Within (18). “A fly-balloon of wire gauze”…

  1. I rather like the idea of fly balloons! Although not with wire, just regular balloon stuff….I would set them free to give their little wings a rest. I would probably do that with spiders too, as revenge, heh heh 🙂

  2. Dana Doran says:

    I don’t think anyone would want to come home to the smell of flies baking in the oven…..oh my!

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