The feet moist, and the wattles bright red…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the one appearing as a woman with a lance, axe, and shield, the goddess Anat. Her association is with war. (Anat)

It’s about eight-inches by five-and-a-half, and about an inch-and-a-quarter thick, and weighs about as much as a bunch of good-sized bananas, it is a hardback book, the cover being a drab red linen. Embossed in black on the front it says in three different type faces The Daily Express Enquire Within. Here’s a picture of the title page complete with a nice globe emblem – ‘globe emblem’, doesn’t that roll off the tongue nicely dear reader?

As you see, this book was published in 1934. It’s a handy item for one’s bookcase containing everything necessary for running one’s life back in the Britain of the 1930s. Shall we flick through these smelly pages and see what pops up? Across the head of each page there are some words of wisdom or a nice pithy proverb – I will include some of these with today’s selection.

Page 348. (Make hay while the sun shines.)
Hints on Letter Writing.
iii. Do not cross your letters; but use an extra half-sheet if necessary. Frequent underlining of words is another fault, and is generally unnecessary. If your letter is properly expressed, the reader will supply the emphasis.

Page 107. (Eggs badly boiled are good things spoiled.)
Cheap and Good Vinegar.
To eight gallons of clear rain water, add three quarts of molasses; turn the mixture into a clean, tight cask, shake it well two or three times, and add three spoonfuls of good yeast; place the cask in a warm place, and in ten or fifteen days add a sheet of common wrapping paper, smeared with molasses, and turn into narrow strips, and you will have good vinegar. The paper is necessary to form the “mother”, or life of the vinegar.

Page 276. (Shallow brooks are noisy, deep rivers flow with silent majesty.)
Compound soda.
Mix six grains of calomel, thirty-six grains of sesqui-carbonate of soda, and one teaspoonful of compound chalk powder, together. Divide into twelve powders. One of the powders to be given for a dose when required. Use: as a mild purgative for children during teething.

Page 379. (Examples do not authorize sins.)
Hints on Spelling.
xiii. Nouns of one syllable, ending in y preceded by a consonant, change y into ies in the plural; and verbs ending in y preceded by a consonant, change y into ies in the third person singular of the present tense and the past participle.
If the y be preceded by a vowel, this rule is not applicable.

Page 12. (All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.)
In choosing poultry, the age of the bird is the chief point to be attended to. An old turkey has rough and reddish legs; a young one smooth and black. Fresh killed, the eyes are full and clear, the feet moist, and the wattles bright red. When it has been kept too long, the parts about the vent have a greenish appearance.


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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10 Responses to The feet moist, and the wattles bright red…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    All the tips I’ll need to get through my day, thanks Dave! 🙂

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