Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one attempting to sit down on a flimsy folding footstool.
Have you noticed how old books are a lot heavier than modern ones? My scruffy copy of The Daily Express Enquire Within from 1934 weighs about as much as bag of potatoes – however, it is far more interesting than a bag of potatoes – well it is if you are the sort of person who finds amusement in the things that people in Britain back in the 1930s would need to be able to look up – I suppose it’s a bit like an eighty-year-old version of Google.
Here’s a picture of the title page, the cover of the book is quite drab and doesn’t really warrant its picture being taken. What a charming 1930s-style emblem or logo! I expect that thing going down the middle of it will be a stick with the torch of knowledge on the end of it.
Yes, just like Google, this has everything in it. Well everything the average middle class British person might be interested in. Across the head of each page there are some pithy words of wisdom – I will include one of these with each of today’s carefully selected items:
Page 277. (The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living.)
Sudorific. – Mix six grains of compound antimonial powder, two grains of ipecacuanha, and two grains of sugar together. Dose, as mixed, to be taken at bedtime. Use, in catarrh and fever.
Page 467. (Cherish those hearts that hate thee.)
Cheirognomy. – There are seven types or shapes of hands:
1. The elementary or lowest type.
2. The square, or useful hand.
3. The spatulate, or nervous, active type.
4. The philosophic, or jointed hand.
5. The conic, or artistic type.
6. The psychic, or idealistic hand.
7. The mixed hand.
Page 96. (It’s never too late to mend.)
Hints on carving.
Cod’s Head and Shoulders. – The thick part of the back is best. It should be carved in unbroken slices, and each solid slice should be accompanied by a bit of the sound, from under the backbone, or from the cheek, jaws, tongue, &c., of the head.
Page 332. (Write your own history daily.)
ii. Persons very commonly complain of indigestion; how can it be wondered at, when they seem, by their habit of swallowing food wholesale, to forget for what purpose they are provided with teeth?
iii. Keeping the feet warm will tend to prevent headaches. Boots should always be kept in good repair.
Page 455. (He who once has won a name may lie abed till eight.)
Bullfinches. – Old birds should be fed with canary and summer rape seeds only.
The only dainties necessary are, in summer all sorts of green stuff from dandelion in spring to rowan berries in autumn, and in winter a slice of apple.
They are very greedy and apt to overeat and get liver disease, the ensuing puffiness being erroneously attributed to asthma.
Bird organs, or flageolets, are used to teach them to pipe.