Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: frosty fawn, gusty green, overcast orange, raining ruby, muggy mauve, and sleeting sienna.
As I think I have mentioned before, this book really does smell of cough mixture, the old-fashioned kind, the one that might have had creosote and tar included in its recipe. I expect some person, back in the 1930s who was feeling a bit chesty, was looking up remedies whilst sipping at a spoonful of it, and a few specks dropped onto the pages to be absorbed, and to eventually reveal their earthy presence all these years later.
Yes, this is my battered and well -thumbed copy of the Daily Express Enquire Within 1934. Here’s a photograph of the title page – note the stylish emblem!
Come on dear reader, let’s have a quick glance through and get a glimpse into the strange world of Britain in the 1930s. Also, across the top of each page there are some words of wisdom or a proverb to brighten our day. I shall include some of these with today’s selection.
Page 107. (Loose habits lead to tight bandages.)
Tincture of Lemon Peel.
A very easy and economical way of obtaining and preserving the flavour of lemon peel, is to fill a wide-mouthed pint bottle half full of brandy, or proof spirit; and when you use a lemon, pare the rind off very thin, and put it into the brandy, &c.; in a fortnight it will impregnate the spirit with the flavour very strongly.
Page 508. (Friendship is no plant of hasty growth.)
Lady Day. March 25th.
Midsummer. June 24th.
Michaelmas. September 29th.
Christmas, December 25th.
Candlemas. February 2nd.
Whit-Sunday. May 15th.
Lammas. August 1st.
Martinmas. November 11th.
The removal terms to Scotland are 28th May and 28th November, or the following day if these fall on a Sunday.
Page 142. (Keep the head cool, and the feet warm.)
The quoit is a flattened circular iron ring, having a thin outer edge. The weight of the quoit is not fixed, but is usually about 9 pounds, and the diameter must not exceed 8 inches overall. Two iron or steel pins are driven into the ground 18 yards apart, leaving about 1 inch above the ground. Each pin is placed in the centre of a ‘hob’ or ‘end’ which is a circle of stiff clay 3 feet in diameter…
Page 320. (Civility costs nothing, but is worth much.)
Uses of Scraped Lint.
This is made into various shapes for particular purposes. When it is screwed up into a conical or wedge-like shape, it is called a tent, and is used to dilate fistulous openings, so as to allow the matter to escape freely, and to plug wounds so as to promote the formation of a clot of blood…
Page 62, (Honest work makes a sound sleep.)
Calf’s Head Pie.
Boil the head an hour and a half, or rather more. After dining from it, cut the remaining meat off in slices. Boil the bones in a little of the liquor for three hours; then strain it off, let it remain till next day, and then take off the fat. To make the pie.- Boil two eggs for five minutes; let then get cold, then lay them in slices at the bottom of a pie dish, and put alternate layers of meat and jelly, with pepper and chopped lemon alternately also, till the dish is full; cover with a crust and bake it. Next day turn the pie out upside down.