Moderate pricer and nice girls…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: adjectival, bisulcate, growly, monadelphous, rounceval, plucky, and lachrymal.

A while back, oh, over a month ago, I showed you a pencil drawing of mine from 2009 of four matchbox labels from my childhood collection of such ephemera. Although matchbox labels are small things, I carefully copied and ‘blew them up’ to nicely compose four of them onto a sheet of paper about 30″ x 20″. (click here)
Why would you bother doing that Dave? I hear you ask.
Well, I don’t know, I suppose it was just something to do, something to stave off the natural pointlessness of life… a silly idea I suppose… I mean, who’d want a drawing of some old matchboxes?…
Anyway, I managed to do two of these drawings. I thought that today I’d show you the second one:

Oh, but what an interesting selection!
Hey! This is Tollerortweg 8, in Hamburg, shall we pop into Bar the Box dear reader? We could have a cocktail or two, I hear they have moderate pricer and some nice girls in there – and I do like the idea of ‘hot music’ – perhaps that scruffy British group the Beatles will be playing there? Come on let’s dance! Can you do the twist?…
Three Pipes safety matches: what a lovely drawing! No, not my mere copy, the original. Aren’t those pipes great? And the lettering appearing in the white wispy smoke like that – very stylish!…
Now then, is that Russian lettering? Oh, what’s that called? Cyrillic – that’s it! Of course this matchbox is from the time of the USSR – I expect this lovely design depicts management (see he has cufflinks!) shaking hands with the worker, and very nice too – oh look, management is squeezing the worker’s hand so tight it’s being crushed to pulp… No, it’s not Dave – stop being so cynical!…
Alright, everyone, say after me, ‘Chap Kuda Terbang’. You, you at the back! Pay attention! Come on now, Chap Kuda Terbang! Chap Kuda Terbang! Chap Kuda Terbang!…
I have no idea what language that is, have you?… It’s a nice swanky flying horse though!… Look, it’s won some medals, four of them!…

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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18 Responses to Moderate pricer and nice girls…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Very nice šŸ‘. Much appreciated!
    Phil Luminist.

  2. Oooooh! Now they are lovely! Very well drawn! I do like old ephemera šŸ™‚

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    Beautiful reproductions, I like the “Three Pipes”.

  4. Dana Doran says:

    Well, Dave, what great reproductions! Now on to the question of translation – Google is so smart….it says the phrase is detected as Kurdish (where in the world were you when you were collecting such things?) and it means …..(with a little flourish) Chap Kuda Terbang ! What? The phrase that is the same in any language? No wonder you reproduced that!

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Kurdish eh? Goodness me!
      I used to find matchboxes like this down the road near the Dulltown docks in the 1950s- 60s – seafaring chaps from all over the world discarded their matchboxes there – what fun it was!

      • Dana Doran says:

        It’s really remarkable what Google can do…then, of course, I question the veracity…..but, a little kid picking up matchbooks at the docks? Something children would never be permitted to do today!

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Also, smokers don’t use matches much these days – nasty little gas lighters have replaced them…

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh dear! I have just realised – I reckon that ‘Chap Kuda Terbang’ probably means ‘Best safety Matches’ as it is written directly under the English version – what to you think?
      I think a match goes Terbang! when you strike it!…

      • Dana Doran says:

        haha! You are most likely correct. Google interpret has it’s problems….kind of like “Googling” one’s own name… son did it on Google Images….as he’s mostly like one of those neutrinos that never gets entangled (tee hee)…..his inquiry generated pictures of Barrack Obama. My son is not Barrack Obama. …..and that is why, in this circular little argument, you are most likely right! (Don’t you love hearing that?) I’ve just had a thought – in the future we will probably be prohibited from arguing with the return of a Google inquiry….good, bad or indifferent!!

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Oh, how I now wish I’d never disagreed with Google like that!… Even though I was right!
        Damn! I can hear the big boots of the cyber police crunching up my front path even as I type…
        Note: My front path doesn’t crunch at all – that was just a bit of artistic license on my part.

      • Dana Doran says:

        Listen Dave…you’re probably already on some watch list for collecting matchbox covers (it’s rumored that matches can kill.) Moreover, you’ve reproduced them. I’m sure that if you tried to leave town…say, go to ah, someplace waaaaay out of town where the Kurds live, they would make it so difficult you’d end up back where you started! See that little camera there? Nice Smile Dave. Is that a bit of spinach there?

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Damn! Damn! Damn!
        You are absolutely right Dana! (As always!)
        How could I have got myself into this awful mess?
        Damn that spinach!…

  5. ktz2 says:

    exquisite drawings and you made me laugh too ! (see ?>> hahaha)

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