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.
~ Homecraft, The Aladdin Company Catalog, Bay City, Michigan; 191? via Internet Archive (click to enlarge)
“LIGHT YOUR HOME BY ELECTRICITY You will want electric lights in your house as they are just as much a necessity as modern plumbing. They are safe, clean and cheerful and will give you a pride in your home and the same distinction you feel in owning a good automobile.”