Monthly Archives: January 2017

“We had the goods — he knew it”

The Boston Clothing Store, Devil’s Lake, ND, 1906. A more compelling piece of copy writing would be hard to find even today… Advertisements

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“On dit que l’un fut sauvé”

My last folksy yarn about the mad as hell Italians who wanted to scatter bits of Mr and Mrs Napoleon III across Paris that winter evening in 1858 left us in a bad place. We learnt that two of the … Continue reading

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The lunatic who stole Trump’s stationery

I am probably the last person on the planet to begin to binge watch the TV series about the New York agency industry, Mad Men, which is altogether strange as I met many of those who were prototypes for the … Continue reading

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“everything in the forest has its season.” – bambi’s mother

Tyrus Wong, the artist whose works inspired the Disney film Bambi, has died at home. surrounded by family, at age 106. A Chinese immigrant, Mr Wong’s vibrant paintings captured Walt Disney… Source: “everything in the forest has its season.” – … Continue reading

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Don’t remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with an axe

  I bet that there were myriads that thought George Washington was a bad thing, that Lincoln was probably not American, that FDR sucked up to the Commies, or that Hillary wasn’t fitted to be President, but the “look at … Continue reading

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“americans love popcorn, and their love doesn’t quit.” – rosecrans baldwin

Originally posted on I didn't have my glasses on….:
“every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn’t pop. i’ll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and…

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Bang bang, that awful sound

In the early 1850s, in what is now Italy, the soon-to-be-country’s revolutionary nationalists hated in equal measure the Austrians for occupying much of the north and the Pope who was sustained by the Austrians, for retaining his distinctly worldly hold … Continue reading

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No s***, Sherlock!

Sometimes the similarities of circumstance and reaction bring our ancestors very close to us — sometimes it’s as if they were alien beings. Here’s a report that shows — for good or bad — that we are nowadays less naive but maybe … Continue reading

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The ‘best test of an immigrant’ from 100 years ago

  This was the new Year’s message from the Los Angeles Herald exactly a century ago. Immigration was predicted to increase exponentially as soon as World War One ended. Unlike today where those ‘fleeing war torn…’ (fill in the blanks) expect, … Continue reading

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