The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions

The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions This Stuff Is Than Just Fancy Pranks It S Americana Never Has Nonsense Been Taken So SeriouslyThis Book Is A Fascinating, Appetite Whetting Glimpse For The, If You Ll Pardon The Expression, Uninitiated David Copperfield, From The ForewordAt The Beginning Of The Twentieth Century, 40 Percent Of American Men Belonged To A Lodge, And They Were Hazing Their Newbies With Cigar Smoking Camels, Spankers, And Even Fake Guillotines Nearly All Their Prank Devices Came From The Same Place Catalogs Published By The DeMoulin Brothers Company From 1896 To 1930.Julia Suits Discovered One Of These All But Forgotten Catalogs At A Flea Market Its Pages Were Full Of Bizarre Hazing Props Old Fashioned Telephones That Squirted Water, Bucking Goats Attached To Tricycles, Victorian Looking Furniture That Sent Electric Shocks These Prank Machines Are The Relics Of Mischief And Daredevilry, Produced For The Country S Original Fraternity Hazing Culture, And Created By America S Original High Tech Geeks Of The Electric Age.The Extraordinary Catalog Of Peculiar Inventions Offers A Peek Into Twentieth Century American Culture That Most People Have Never Seen At Its Core Are Hundreds Of The Most Inventive DeMoulin Prank Machines, Complete With Their Original, Quirky Descriptions And Eccentric Line Art Alongside The Catalog Pages Are Newspaper Clippings, Lodge Trivia, Quotes, And Stories That Show The True Side Of America S Original Hazing Culture. This is an interesting collection of catalogues and goods manufactured by the DeMoulin Brothers that were aimed at fraternal lodges and the like It was very popular at the time to have pranks and gag initiation rituals and this company manufactured all sorts of bizarre oddities to appeal to every sort of group and need Some of these gag items were simple such as the Whoopee Cushion Fart jokes will always be in vogue in America Other items were quite complex and mechanical works of art It is funny how we think back to our great grandparents and grandparents as being these stiff, well behaved members of society and then see first hand at some of the off colour and wild pranks that were the highlights of the fraternal orders that were so very popular at the time.The book offers a brief but interesting history lesson about fraternal orders that are still in operation today as well as long defunct ones It gives a bit of their backgrounds and glimpses into their codes of conduct and rituals Many of these hazing items proved to be not so safe and fun, but for the most part, they were quite popular and the things that drew in members and retained loyal supporters From the Shriners to the Odd Fellows, they are all here.Well illustrated and showcasing very ingenious thought and design, it is a fun step back in time to witness