Saturday, June 23, 2018

Light & shadow & Lochearn

The is a snapshot that Mom (presumably) took in 1960 at Camp Lochearn in Vermont. That cursive caption on the back states:
Carol Good
Lochearn Camp in front of cabin 7
There's nothing terribly special about the photo. It's just a captured moment in time 58 summers ago in New England. Shaped like one of today's Instagrams. Minus the high-resolution detail and the groovy filters, we are left to admire the interplay of light and shadow against the cabin in the middle of the woods.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Lifestyle tips from a late 1960s
"beer budget"

I snagged this paperback from a Little Free Library in Dover so that I could pass it along to Sarah for a quick laugh (which it did provide).

It's 1969's Champagne Living on a Beer Budget, subtitled "How to Buy the Best for Less." It was written by Mike and Marilyn Ferguson and published by Berkley Medallion.

The Oregonian wrote this review: "Light-hearted and eminently practical, the book is based on information garnered from 17,000 miles of travel and months of research by mail to provide tips applicable to people of all incomes across the country."

Research by mail! Those were some heady hippie days, kids, long before the Internet and Microsoft Encarta and Ask Jeeves. It was nearly before The Brady Bunch, too!

Here are some verbatim excerpts from the the book that I found notable or amusing:

  • Display companies, whose primary business is supplying props for store-window displays, often rent to the public. All the trimmings for a medium-sized luau — fish-nets, palm tree, seashells and grass skirts — cost a bachelor friend only $14. A respectable artificial palm tree is $5. Think what pizzazz it lends to the cocktail corner!
  • The Bell people claim that an extension telephone saves the average housewife 76 miles of walking a year. This would be a pretty fuzzy item to compute, but, even if it's not that much, a second phone saves steps.
  • Records are popular gifts, of course. Best all-around deal we know of is the Record Club of America. [It] speaks softly (it didn't advertise nationally in until 1965) but carries a big roster — third largest in the country, after the Columbia and RCA Victor clubs. Life membership costs $5.1
  • Human nature being what it is, encyclopedia firms sometimes have to repossess books and bookcases. These two-shelf bookcases are generally resold to all comers, although they're rarely advertised. From Collier's offices in two different cities, we bought walnut-printed hardboard cases for $6 apiece.
  • Rummaging through stacks of dusty old books, we've found gems. Five cents bought an old, old Mother Goose volume with hundreds of exquisite, full-page color plates; that was at a Denver book sale sponsored by Brandeis University alumni. ... At a church sale in Houston, we found a tiny, 50-year-old French edition of Cinderella, color-illustrated, for ten cents. A collector has said that it's worth at least $7.
  • Real money isn't chic these days. Most everyone who's anyone signs the tab. Sort shows that you're known. Credit proclaims status that way a roll of bills once did.
  • Three times as much electricity is being used now as 15 years ago. Not much can be done about that. It does help a little if you whip the refrigerator and oven doors shut as quickly as if they were the lid on Pandora's box.

Final note: Co-author Marilyn Ferguson (1938-2008) went on to write 1980's The Aquarian Conspiracy, a New Age tome. Her work influenced Al Gore and had her rubbing elbows with the likes of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama.

1. For more about the York County-based Record Club of America, see Only in York County and Wendyvee's Roadside Wonders.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Herb Roth's endpapers illustration for "Aunt Polly's Story of Mankind"

Herb Roth (1887-1953) crafted this delightful endpapers illustration for the 1923's Aunt Polly's Story of Mankind, written by Algonquin Round Table regular Donald Ogden Stewart and published by the George H. Doran Company.

Stewart had previously written A Parody Outline of History, and the Aunt Polly book is an interconnected set of humorous short stories set in different epochs. Stewart would go on to write many screenplays, including The Philadelphia Story and then be blacklisted and chased from the United States during the McCarthy Era, never returning to America during the final 30 years of his life.

Meanwhile, one of the interesting side notes of Roth's long career as an artist involved a never-published version of Mighty Mouse comic strips in the 1940s. You can read more about that at Cartoon Research.

Here's a better look at Roth's right-hand side of the endpapers, which are partially blurred in the full scan.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

1946 encyclopedia infographic on immigration

At York's Book Nook Bonanza earlier this month, I bought an amazing old encyclopedia — the 1946 edition of Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia and Fact-Index. The illustrations, typography and graphics throughout the 15-volume set are just stunning, and I know we'll be returning to it again and again. I also expect it to make many appearances here on Papergreat.

Today, I thought I'd share this infographic from the article titled "Immigration" in Volume 7. Here are some excerpts (not necessarily endorsements) from that entry:

  • "Only the Indians can properly call themselves native Americans, and even they are believed to have come from Asian centuries ago. All the rest of the people of the United States are immigrants or descendants of immigrants."
  • "At first, the United States held out open arms to the stranger. There were canals to be dug, railroads to be built, minerals to be mined, forests to be cut, farm lands and prairies to be cultivated, great industrial plants to be manned. ... They brought their families with them. They were eager to become citizens. Stalwart, courageous, and upstanding, they were, as a rule, intelligent, educated, and skilled in the use of tools."
  • "The 'new immigration' [1905-1915] differed from the old in several respects. ... They were largely illiterate; and they were not so easily Americanized. Many of them had no intention of becoming citizens. They had a tendency to be clannish, to live together in the same part of a city, and to cling to their national customs. They became easy tools in the hands of unscrupulous politicians."
  • "Quotas are not applied to immigration from Canada or Latin American countries. Until 1929 Mexicans came in large numbers, particularly for common labor in the Southwest."
  • "Everywhere today [1940s] immigration is strictly regulated by law. Nations which still need people want immigrants who will readily become assimilated with their populations, and they want particular classes of workers. ... Totalitarian nations followed a mixed policy."

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Immigration is very much in the news right now in the United States. Here are some tweets and posts of relevance, now and for the historical record...

This one's a screen shot, in the event they try to delete the tone-deaf tweet.

Monday, June 18, 2018

No doubt about these words

For all of you who lived through the long national nightmare of Papergreat and its readers grappling with that word in the Madison Square Garden postcard1, I thought you'd get a chuckle from this fishy cartoon postcard.

Mailed between a pair of New Jersey locations (Asbury Park and Irvington) in 1950, it features this cursive message on the back:

Hi Hon:
Guess where we
ended up? Bet
you can't????
P.S. This pen stinks

1. Need to catch up? Go to this post and scroll to the middle portion, titled "Complete roundup of that Madison Square Garden postcard word"

Book cover: "Mind Cosmology"
[Holy hokum, Batman!]

  • Title: Mind Cosmology
  • Cover subtitle #1: The Secret Doctrine of Cosmic Energy Revealed!
  • Cover subtitle #2: How to translate your inner dreams into the outer reality your desire!
  • That's a two-exclamation-point cover: Indeed.
  • Author: Anthony Norvell (1908-1990). Much more on him below.
  • Designer of groovy cover: Unknown
  • Publisher: Parker Publishing Company, West Nyack, New York
  • Year: 1971
  • Original price: Unknown, as dust jacket is price-clipped
  • What I paid: $4, which is in line with the cheapest used copies on Amazon
  • Pages: 223
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dust-jacket highlights:
    • "When you tune in on its cosmo-astral forces, brilliant new powers will be yours."
    • "Mind Cosmology traps the invisible wavelengths of lifegiving cosmic energy and raises your rate of physical vibration to protect you against most forms of sickness..."
    • "Astral projection — yours for the asking"
    • "You'll see how to speed up time and make events happen in the eternal now..."
  • That basically describes all the Marvel superheroes: Correct.
  • First sentence: "For centuries past, mystics, seers, holy men and prophets have taught a secret doctrine of tremendous mental and psychic powers that man may tap when he wishes to achieve astounding miracles in his life."
  • Last sentence: "How to use the soul's divine inspiration to be aware of the tremendous forces that are alive within the universe, and be inspired by the beauty in nature, by beautiful music and high levels of inspiring poetry, literature, and art."
  • Random sentence from middle: "Mentally take trips to foreign countries you want to visit."
  • Goodreads rating: 4.67 stars (out of 5)
  • Amazon rating: 4.0 stars (out of 5.0)
  • Excerpt from Amazon review: In July 2017, Matt. S. wrote: "In a nutshell is this, find what speaks to you, the rest let go if it doesn't."
  • About the author: Anthony Norvell — some sources claim his real name was Anthony Trupo — was quite the colorful character. One site amusingly and disparagingly refers to him as "the da Vinci of clap-trap." He knew Mary Pickford, lectured at Carnegie Hall, might have attempted to found his own religion and claimed to have an 85 percent accuracy rate on his psychic predictions. ... His other books (it appears there were more than 30) included How to Train Your Child's Subconscious Mind of Health, Wealth and Happiness; Meta-Physics: New Dimensions of the Mind; Norvell's Dynamic Mental Laws for Successful Living; and The Occult Sciences: How to Get What You Want Through Your Occult Powers. ... You can read more about his life at Cornerstone Books; a Medium essay titled "The Surprisingly Noble Path to Power" by Mitch Horowitz; and an entertaining (though disputed and contentious) 2011 post on HIL-GLE Wonderblog. Here are some excerpts from that Wonderblog piece:
    • "Norvell is undergoing something of a renaissance on the Internet. His writings are now available on dozens of self-help sites. ... In truth, Norvell's current non-obscurity may have more to do with the fact that his works seem to have fallen into the public domain then to their actual quality."
    • "Norvell had essentially the same career that Jeane Dixon later plied. During his day, Norvell was the only astrologer anyone could name. That is, when he was an astrologer — which he sometimes wasn’t. Norvell changed his stripes a few times over the years."
    • "Norvell never claimed to be a spiritualist. His mumbo jumbo claim was that he was essentially selectively telepathic. (Later branded as Tele-Cosmic.) Instead of showing up with a pack of assistants, he worked alone. As opposed to an act full of props for parlor tricks pulled in the dark, Norvell does his routine with the lights on where everyone can see his hands."
    • "Having tried and failed as a sideshow promoter, astrologer, gigolo, star nanny, lecturer and author, Norvell spent much of 1959 taking a turn at the religious cult racket. It appears to have been something of a closed end effort. Calling himself Doctor Anthony Norvell and acting as the Director of the Church of Religious Mind Sciences of Hollywood, he began taking out advertisements for a series of lectures he was giving in Long Beach."
    That's it. Check out the lengthy Wonderblog article (and delve into the comments afterward) to find out more about Norvell's eventful life.