Monday, December 01, 2008

Some Sort of Anniversary, I Suppose

Apparently this blog has been here in some form or other since November 23, 2005.

Yeah, you're all just as thrilled as I am.

So in the random vein of this blog I offer a few random items from The Dorcas Magazine, 1885.

These dubious images are from an embroidered doily set called "The Hilarious Chicken," most of which seem to illustrate the abuse of an innocent fowl and his decent into alcoholism. I find this to be a different definition of "hilarious" than I am accustomed to.

This next snippet is a quite shocking bit of pornography, and it must be the first time any woman in a ladies handiwork magazine entreated a man to take articles out of his trousers and rub them. I've never heard of a lady's naughty bits being called a "corner" but I'm open-minded.

I'm also impressed that her husband is prompt and "well-regulated."


Mouse said...

*snort* I'd say you were demented but that would just be a compliment, and besides.. I'm over here laughing my arse off at "victorian porn".

Severina said...

I'm considering going into a bar and asking the guys if they have anything to put in my corner.

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and what, pray tell, did "alladin's lamp" bring forth?

i'm *dying* to know more...

Severina said...

Unfortunately for Mollie, it was only a half-assed bookshelf.

But it had tassels on it, so it could also be another amusing euphemism.

Those naughty Victorians!

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Anonymous said...

These "dubious images" about an "innocent fowl" are neither dubious, nor is it a fowl or innocent in any way.

It's actually a part of a famous story called "Hans Huckebein" (subtitle: "Der Ungl├╝cksrabe" which translates to "unlucky raven", which is German for "someone who brings bad luck" and at the same time for "someone who is always unlucky", because people thought you get bad luck if you saw a raven in the medieval times) of the German caricaturist, painter and poet Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908, see It's a story about a raven which a little boy caught and how it tyrannized the whole family (and their other pets, like their dog and the cat). Because it is very insidious, the raven get's nearly everything (by cheating others, of course) and everybody else suffers. The story ends when the raven started drinking alcohol (which it isn't allowed to do as well) and it got what it deserved - it got drunk and got killed because it got stuck in the knitting, fell over the table rim and strangled itself to death in the knitting.

Altogether this is a satiric and highly moral story about how not to behave...

P.S. Sorry for my bad English. I'm not a native speaker, so I'm not quite sure about which are the correct English words for some of the German terms - e.g. I think "Jinx" may be the right translation for "Ungl├╝cksrabe", but I'm not sure.

Severina said...

Ah-ha, I knew there was a good story behind this!

The magazine called it a chicken, but there was a mention of it being based on a German folktale of some sort. Most of the scenes were of a plucked bird getting into the cook's way before it discovered the alcohol.

I'm curious about the original version--that might be something worth embroidering!

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I am way behind this entry considering it was made in 2008 but I just discovered your blog. I hope you still read your comments. The complete story can be found here,%20Wilhelm%20-%20Hans%20Huckebein.pdf

the text is german but usually the pictures are enough to understand what all is about

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