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Entries from July 2011

Jules Verne’s Sonnet On Morphine

July 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Unfortunately, Jules Verne’s nephew, Gaston, was mentally ill.  In 1866, Gaston tried to murder Verne, leaving his uncle lame for life.  While recuperating, Verne wrote a sonnet in praise of morphine.  I don’t blame him. A LA MORPHINE  Prends, s’il le faut, docteur, les ailes de Mercure Pour m’apporter plus tôt ton baume précieux! Le […]

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Tags: Literature

Children’s Card Games (144)

July 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“The Great Composers” was like “Authors,” but with music.  This particular edition was published by Merrimack Publishing, as “an exact replica of the antique original.”  I enjoy Weber’s music, but I must admit I’ve never heard “Euryanthe.” (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

George Jean Nathan on Popularity

July 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“To be popular, one must show interest in persons and things that do not interest one and simultaneously conceal the interest that one has in persons and things that do interest one.  One must always side with the prejudices and emotions of the person one happens to be with, however idiotic… “One must be humorous […]

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Tags: Education · Literature

Children’s Card Games (143)

July 7th, 2011 · 4 Comments

This one is more of a card game about children than for children.  Applying humorous interpretations to infants’ grimaces is a publishing staple; here all of the captions are about card-playing.  The result was used to promote a Buick dealership in Greenfield.  The world boasts many Greenfields; thanks to search engines, I can tell you […]

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

Bulletin (13)

July 1st, 2011 · No Comments

We haven’t mentioned it before, but there is an Ullage Group channel on YouTube.  So far, we’ve been posting some of the films of John Keel that we’ve been restoring.  The latest, a home movie of him performing magic tricks sometime in the ’60s, can be seen here.  And the tribute site continues at johnkeel.com. […]

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