December 24, 2011

Vintage Christmas Cards From Flickr

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Take whatever you want!

December 11, 2011

Wonderfully unique clocks

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December 1, 2011

Awkward Family Photos

I know that by now everyone has seen the website; I was lucky enough to check the book out of the public library and it's hilarious. And oh, so awkward.

The pics below are from the website.
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The Poohs photo ThePoohFamily.jpgShotgun Wedding photo ShotgunWedding.jpg
Jumping Reunion photo Jumping.jpg
Enthusiasm photo Hanscoms.jpgThe Bears photo Bears.jpg
Creepy 14th Birthday photo ScaryBirthdayCake.jpg 
(This last one is just creepy. Why is she outside? What are those things on her 14th birthday cake? Who the hell is that in the doorway? There's more to this picture than we'll ever know.)

November 15, 2011

Letters From A Nut

 photo BookCover.jpg I have a number of books that I save for reading when I feel down or stressed...or just when I need to laugh. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris is on that shelf, along with a Martha Stewart parody book and Jerry Seinfeld's Seinlanguage. Those books never fail me. I have others, but you get the idea.

I have too many books, is what. Wait. I have too few shelves! That's it. I knew that there was something terribly wrong with the phrase "too many books." There's simply no such thing.

Anyway, I know I have too few bookcases because I just re-found Ted Nancy's book at the left here, as well as its sequel. The books were, amazingly, hiding behind some of my Cherry Ames books. So I've missed some laughs over the last couple of years.
The only way to describe Nancy's work is to show it to you, so I chose two of my favorite letters (and their responses) for your enjoyment.

Click on the book to go to Amazon if you want to buy the book!


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November 10, 2011

Human "Oddities"

This is pretty much a G-rated blog, mainly because I'm a G-rated person, for no other reason than that I just am. I can swear, though! I can really have a mouth, especially with Steven out of the house. I use the f-word frequently when talking to my husband. However, it's beginning to bore me.

The other thing is that I don't relish birth defects or diseases. I'm a nurse, I can look at most things without flinching, but seeing pictures of a baby with a cleft palate is not my idea of entertainment. 

But I got to thinking about the old freak shows at fairs. I must admit: I absolutely loved those, and I would get all shaky with excitement while waiting in line at various Kansas fairs, particularly Topeka's Mid-America Fair every August and September. It was there I saw the bodiless head, which was a girl about my age under a table with only her head exposed. For realism, there was a bottle of red-colored liquid on the table with a tube going from the bottle to somewhere under the table.

Of course it was fake, I knew that instantly, but I just stared and stared, wondering what it'd be like to be part of the traveling fair. Finally the girl stuck her tongue out at me and I jumped three feet. Truly that was unnecessary. Since that event, I have had no sympathy for bodiless heads. heh.

In the 1870s and 1880s, Charles Eisenmann took an interest in photographing "freaks." His photos were printed as trading cards and are now, of course, highly collectible.

I chose three pictures to accompany this post and on only one can I provide any information. The first picture is of Ella Harper, a girl born with a very rare hereditary condition called genu recurvatum. Ella wrote:

‘I am called the camel girl because my knees turn backward. I can walk best on my hands and feet as you see me in the picture. I have traveled considerably in the show business for the past four years and now, this is 1886 and I intend to quit the show business and go to school and fit myself for another occupation.'

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All references to Ella stopped when she was thirteen years old. It's hard to say what happened to her.

Here are two more of Eisenmann's subjects. I find no information on the people in the photos.

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November 5, 2011

Assorted tools

Take what you like; remember to use the .PNG format for best results!

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