The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
~ advertisement for Female Filosofy, by Rev. L. E. Keith (“Felix Feeler”), 1894
This ad was part of a newspaper clipping from The Preacher’s Helper which was found in Mrs. Gover’s copy of The Ladies’ Home Cookbook. There is no date on the clipping, but the book was published in 1894 and can be read for free at Google Books, if you are so inclined. Other bits and pieces from Mrs. Gover’s book can be found using my “Gover” tag.
“50 wonderfully delightful pictures; any person who does not enjoy the pictures in this book must be made of boiler iron. […] Buy this book. It will please you.”
I hate Google Books. I constantly go there being told that I can read some book that is well outside of copyright. Then when i get there - there is no full view. There must be some difference between what people can see in the United States and what people can view in Australia. Damn their useless monopolistic hides.
A boy vigorously drains a goblet of wine while grasping a glass decanter containing a tawny liquid. The shiny surface of the vessel reflects the drinker’s fingertips and a distant window, located outside the picture’s frame. Depicted awkwardly from below, the boy’s image is severely foreshortened. Is our subject drinking in celebration or desperation? The setting is inscrutable, with clues to a narrative intentionally left out. The imbibing boy is primarily a pretext for rendering light, shadow, texture, and perspective. The Bolognese Annibale, his brother Agostino, and their cousin Ludovico formed the Accademia dei Desiderosi in 1582 (later called Accademia degli Incamminati), which rejected idealism in painting and championed naturalism. In the context of the fledgling Academy, Boy Drinking is commensurate with the Carracci philosophy.