Sunday, November 27, 2016

From the readers: Horses, goats, chocolate and pooping

Happy Sunday evening. Here's the latest collection of dandy comments from Papergreat's readers...

Late 1930s college expenses logged in The Scribble-in Book: Cynthia Brown writes: "I just came across my grandmother's Scribble-In Book. The 1st page entry was for Dec. 19, 1932: 'At the Christmas meeting of the Thursday Club, we each gave some one of the members a 10-cent gift accompanied with a verse. This book was mine --' The next entry was her Christmas card list. Next was a diary entry for my brother's birth. Lastly there is a listing of 26 song birds she saw/heard at our home the spring of '33."

Thanks for sharing, Cynthia! What a neat little collection of your grandmother's everyday life.

Postcard: Little Nell and her (zombie) grandfather: Facebook follower Tom Beiter writes: "Funny that it's from a Dickens novel because it kind of resembles Alastair Sim as Scrooge."

My 1977 Kindergarten diploma: Tom from the Garage Sale Finds blog writes: "Should I ever need someone to stack boxes, catch butterflies or curtsy, I shall call upon you with confidence."

On having an old dog: Joan writes: "YAY FOR POOPING!!"

1918 postcard: "That Nightmare Sure Was A Horse On Me": A reader going by "ltl" writes: "I once had a lit prof who pointed out to us a usage thing about 'horse' in a short story (Eudora Welty, maybe? Some Southern writer) when a horse has its baby and somebody appears to ask 'Is it a horse?' — a horse vs. a female, that is. Filly/mare-to-be. Y'know. Maybe some of a horse being tougher than a mare might be in the mix in this card's caption. Anyway, cool card. Thanks for sharing."

Vintage Hallowe'en postcard: Witch declares that she's No. 1: "ltl" writes: "It's funny how Lida was ahead of her time, in moving on from 'lol' to the recently hipper 'Haha.'"

Note: I am NOT hip, so I had no idea we had moved on from LOL.

Dark & stormy night Halloween flick picks from Twitter's cool kids: Joan writes: "Bill Rebane!! Carnival of Souls!! I love this post. Also, my list runs more toward Hocus Pocus (which we're presently watching) than horror, but House on Haunted Hill is a good one and I'd be willing to put it on my list too. Also possibly The Shining, but that's a little too scary to make for a perfect night."

And Cheryl Zaidan adds: "So cool to read the picks. Also I LOVE Let's Scare Jessica to Death!"

Klein Chocolate Co. of Elizabethtown analyzes Fannie's butter fat: Regarding Klein's Lunch Bar, a milk-chocolate and peanut treat, Elaine Hyduk writes: "That was always the first piece of candy I would eat after going trick or treating. I wish they still made that candy bar."

A happy ending as an old, inscribed book returns home: Tom from the Garage Sale Finds blog writes: "Great story. I've only had the opportunity to reunite someone with their lost items once, but it was very rewarding."

Cool illustrations: The New Human Interest Library (Part 5): Joan writes: "Did you listen to this October's Stuff You Missed In History Class podcast on the Bell Witch legend? It was very well done!"

Actually, Stuff You Missed in History Class is my favorite podcast right now, well done, indeed, and the current length for my commute. Highly recommended. Also great: Imaginary Worlds with Eric Molinsky.

Campbell's soup magazine advertisement, circa 1932: I suspect that this comment from "William Brayden" was created by a bot, partly because it was accompanied by a link to a crossword-puzzle website, but I still find it fascinating: "It is anything but difficult to clean up your printed material and other paper things. Shockingly, I have found that paper is something that more often than not gathers rapidly. Whether it be garbage mail, bank articulations, expense forms or deals receipts, these are a portion of the things that a great many people wind up with a ton of."

History's turning points: When we chose TV over goats: Joan writes: "We have had a dramatic reading of this blog post here at home tonight and we also CHOOSE GOATS. But I'm not going outside right now because it is icy and snowing and I'm cold."

And Tom from the Garage Sale Finds blog adds: "Why do we have to choose goats or TV. Can't it be both?! By the way, a Goat named 'Hooker' has all the earmarks of crass joke."

Saturday's postcard: Illustrated map of Tokyo with taijitu symbol: Clark Parker writes: "Excellent map. This would still be fairly useful today, as many of the featured locations are still major sites in Tokyo, e.g. Tokyo Station, Shibuya, Asakusa, etc."

Old postcard: Great Image of the Daibutsu in Kobe, Japan: Clark Parker writes: "Wonderful postcard! For other views of the Great Buddha, I've compiled some pictures from 1863, 1897, 1902, 1923, 1942, 1951, 1983, and 2012.

Thanks for sharing, Clark!

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