Four Signs You are a Writer…by K.M. MacKinnon...

Dec 18, 2013 by

You’re a writer.  You are haunted by words, by syllables, by expressions of thoughts and feelings.  In fact, if you’re a writer you’ve just dissected my first sentence and figured out three to five ways it could have been written better.  Cheers!  Perhaps you are unduly obsessed with Scrabble or Words with Friends?  Convincing yourself the time is well spent as you discover new words?  Well, here’s to you and to us my friend.  Four signs you are undeniably a wordsmith: 1) WORDS When you are a writer you’re consumed with words the way other mere mortals are consumed with air.  Everything comes back to words. Did the lady in the grocery check out lane just mention purple papaya skin?  You’re a writer if your ears immediately pricked up at the alliteration echoing across...

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New Yarns and Funny Jokes

Nov 4, 2013 by

New Yarns and Funny Jokes Comprising New and Selected American Humor by T. J. Carey was originally published in 1890.  This is a great peak into 19th century American humor Filled with cartoons, jokes and funny little stories. Here’s an example for you: “Is this a fire insurance office ?” “Yes, sir; can we write you some insurance ?” “Perhaps you can. You see, my employer threatens to fire me next Saturday, and I’d like some protection. “ BUY this...

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Prolegomena On Punning

Oct 30, 2013 by

The title of this book is Prolegomena on Punning, but the true title is actually The Punster’s Pocket-Book; or the Art of Punning enlarged by Bernard Blackmantle illustrated with numerous original designs by Robert Cruikshank is the true name of this old book originally published in 1826.  I really love how in the old days some book titles were exceedingly long.  Now we are used to one to three word titles which may explain the shortened title of this book.  However, it is an exact reproduction of the Punster’s Pock Book from 1826. Here are a few paragraphs to give you a feel for this book: EXAMPLES IN PUNNING. “A tailor is the ninth part of a man,” observed a would-be-wit, in the presence of a knight of the sheers : “But,” answered R....

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Oct 26, 2013 by

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss does not fall under my usual categories of undiscovered…but this is such a gem I need to post it.  It’s such a classic “heading off into the new world” book it’s great for young children, middle school children, high schoolers, college students and young and old adults alike. “Congratulations!Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” BUY this...

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The Jolly Hallowe’en Book...

Oct 24, 2013 by

The Jolly Hallowe’en Book by Dorothy M. Shipman was first published in 1900 and is chock full of great, bizarre and gruesome ideas for a Victorian Halloween!  Lots of fun games, songs etc.  Available in both paperback and kindle. Paperback appears perfect reproduction from old book, kindle is same except landscape view.  Have fun! Here’s what’s inside: Boy Who Wanted to Be a Brownie Hallowe’en Ghost A Haunted Study The Little White Witch The Lonely Pumpkin The Mistress Mary’s Pumpkin When Hallowe’en Comes Witch’s Brew The Jolly Hallowe’en Book Stunts and Games Four of a Kind Hallowe’en Charms Apple Parings The Ashes Test The Backward to the Cellar Blowing Out Candles Bobbing for Apples Cake of Silence The Candle Jump The Fire o’ Love The First to Wed Hallowe’en Contests Hidden Fortunes Lucky Cake...

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700 limerick lyrics; a collection of choice humorous versifications...

Sep 18, 2013 by

700 Limerick Lyrics (a collection of choice humorous versifications) is a fun little book originally published in 1906. These are clean limericks from the turn of the century.  Here are a few to give you an idea: There once was an old man at Wemyss, Used to dream such remarkable dremyss, The folks stared aghast At the things he’d forecast And give vent to their terror in scremyss. There was a young man from Elora, Who married a girl called Lenora, But he had not been wed Very long till he said, “Oh, drat it! I’ve married a snorer!” An oyster from Kalamazoo Confessed he was feeling quite blue, “For,” says he, “as a rule. When the weather turns cool, I invariably get in a stew!” A king who began on his reign. Exclaimed...

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Diary of a JetroSexual

Aug 31, 2013 by

Diary of a JetroSexual is like no book we’ve ever come across. It is written in first person, diary form, by someone who appears to be very wealthy, very beautiful and very full of themselves. Each day for one month we get a glimpse into their life of ease. Reading this diary was like eating a box of chocolates. We still can’t figure it out if it is good for us, but we enjoyed the feast (even if vicariously!). “jet-ro-sex-u-al (n.) an urban über wealthy human given to traveling around the globe via jet occupying his/her time by having sex anywhere, anytime with anyone who gives he/she “eye-sparklies.” eye-spark-lies (n.) small particles of sexual desire thrown out by the body through the eyes toward person or persons whose attractiveness elicits said response. jet-ro-sex (v.)...

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The Art of Preserving Teeth

Jun 27, 2013 by

The Art of Preserving Teeth was originally published in 1824 by Nathaniel Peabody, and gives a fascinating look into dental care in the early 1800’s…….! a few lines from Mr. Peabody re: “powder” “The question is often asked, ” What is the best powder for the teeth ?” The answer is, any simple powder, which will operate as a polisher of the teeth, and which will have no other than a mechanical effect. I have prepared and used a variety of dentifrices upon the teeth, and finally am of opinion, that charcoal, or coal thoroughly burnt, and pulverized, forms one of the most innocent polishers for the teeth. But this may be made of charcoal so impure, and so badly prepared as to be injurious to the teeth. It ought to be, like all...

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Animal Farts

Jun 15, 2013 by

Children’s kindle picture ebook with different animals. Perfect learning tool for toddlers who are discovering the joy of farts! “A horse can run and pull a cart and lift his tail for easy farts!” BUY this...

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Our Master’s Voice: Advertising...

Apr 17, 2013 by

Our Master’s Voice: Advertising by James Rorty is very hard to find and previously completely out of print. This is a reproduction taken off of an original copy of the book.  I love these because I don’t want a new version of old books – I really want to see the exact text and pages from the old book.  Purists can bitch and moan that it is scanned, but at we are seeing the book EXACTLY as it was printed many years ago.  I think that is special and wonderful. This is truly a wild little book about the power of advertising, I think you might enjoy it. PREFACE “Two basic definitions will perhaps assist the reader to understand the scope and intent of this book. The advertising business is taken to mean the...

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Shaving Made Easy

Apr 17, 2013 by

Shaving Made Easy…What the Man who Shaves Ought to Know by “Mr. Barber”  (love that!) was originally published in 1905 and is a must have classic for those of us who enjoy dipping into the past.. One thing I really love about this book is they call it the “Art of Shaving.”  When was the last time you heard anyone (male or female) comment on the “art of shaving?”  Usually someone is bitching about a nick or cut…if anyone even talks at all about shaving anymore.  This book was written back in the time when if you wanted a really good close shave most people went to a barber….but this book aimed to change that! This book reminds us what it might be like if we were to be pushed backwards into an early...

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Streeter Brothers’ Spring Review of Shoes (Chicago 1886)...

Mar 28, 2013 by

Streeter Brothers’ Spring Review of Shoes (Chicago 1886) is a wonderful reprint from an original copy of this very popular shoe catalog from the late 19th century. Even better I think than the great drawings of each shoe style, are the incredible prices ($5, $8 etc) and descriptions. Here are a few to give you an idea: “This boot, made from the best English grain leather, is a companion to the shoe on opposite page. The shoes are hand-sewed and the boots are machine-sewed, stitched with the lock-stitch machine, which holds with such tenacity that ripping is impossible. The soles are double, made from oak-tanned sole leather. We have sold this boot for years, and can safely recommend it for its reliability and standard quality. They are to be worn outside of the pants,...

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