Archive | March 2015

Graphic Novel Ethyl and Ernest

Briggs, R. (1998). Ethyl & ernest: A true story. London, England: Jonathan Cape.

Ethel and Ernest: A True Love Story is a lovingly illustrated graphic novelized memoir of the author’s parents Ethel and Ernest Briggs. The story begins in the 1920’s with Ethel working as a housemaid and Ernest working as a bicycle courier in or around the city of London, England. The courtship begins in a way old as time, the regular crossing of paths leads to recognition, appreciation and anticipation. Engagement and marriage follow as do making a home. This home is the setting for the changing of their lives and the times. A child is born. The world works away outside its doors. But in the house, in the quiet of their lives, a continuous discussion between Ethel and Ernest goes on about the world and the boy. Decade by decade the gentle history of their love and an account of the world is released in quiet conversations over tea, until a time when there can be no more discussion, just monologue. The illustrations and narrative parallel each other with supplemental strength. The ease of one turns to the ease of the other enhancing the story of an ordinary life recounted. Raymond Briggs illustrations are typical of his other work. The framing is such as it is in the wordless book “Snowman”. And like in the Snowman they tell a story beyond the words.


Household Encyclopedia – True to Value

Another book that came by the book sale was a True-Value Hardware Household Encyclopedia in paperback. Although yellowed with age as the other one the paper back is in fine condition. Either the owner didn’t care about cleaning and such or someone did it for them.

Household blogging begins with CLEANING TOOLS:

“In general, well-selected good-quality tools pay for their extra cost in their efficiency and in the time and energy they save.

Brooms: (before nylon – I wonder how it would compare) Fiber brooms cost more than those of broomcorn, but last several times as long an are more satisfactory to use. A good broom has comparatively few split ends and these should be short. When stored, these brooms, like others should be hung or rested on the end of the handle.”

At work any broom sitting on its bristles finds itself on its handle after my passing by. I wonder what the facilities staff makes of this. Outside of LeClaire Iowa is a festival to the north. It maybe held weekly or otherwise regularly but this is uncertain. There are popcorn kettle popping, jams being made, twine being turned into rope, and broom making out of broomcorn. Now broomcorn is really a corn, which is surprising. It is grown for the tassels and not the seed. Whisk brooms and long handle brooms can be seen and seen made there. If you are in the area other places to go are the Buffalo Bill Homestead and Museum, the Cody Road Distillery, and the American Pickers Antique Archeology headquarters.

Mager, N. H. & Mager, S. K. (1973). True-value hardware stores: Household endylopedia. New York: Pocket Books. (Page 3).


Recently, well not really. Some time ago I found a book on the book sale at the library (read work). It was a donation and being old it attacked my attention. The title is The Quiz-and-Answer Book by Frederic J. Haskin. This book was published in a red hardcover board that is now a faded, water run orange red. Anyway. How interesting a 1938 quiz publication with 2222 questions and answers. Oddly, it seems to have been a pervious library book, although no library stamp is evident. A due date of Jan.23, 65 is written in pencil on the inside front cover.

The pages are highly yellowed and brittle, with 23 quizzes each having 25 questions. After skimming the contents I thought it worthy becoming the focus blogs for times to come. If nothing else I can practice my typing skills with it, and keep to the text and case as closely as possible. (should I yellow the pages somehow ? Yes if it can be done.)


Your hair may not turn red, but your face will take on a Titian hue (see question 14), before you have answered these twenty-five questions. (You’ll find the correct answers on page 179). _ [not here though]

  1. Who was known as the faultless painter?
  2. What famous Madonna is in the Dresden Gallery?
  3. Picasso was the founder of what type of art?
  4. Name the artist who sued Ruskin for libel?
  5. Who painted the “Age of Innocence?”
  6. On which of his works did Rodin spend twenty years?
  7. What famous painting was stolen from the Louvre in 1911?”
  8. Name the painting designed for a dissecting room.
  9. In ancient paintings why are some saints shown with a square nimbus?
  10. Who designed the Diana atop the old Madison Square Garden?
  11. What does the Bayeux tapestry depict?
  12. Is the original “Las Supper” by da Vinci still in existence?
  13. Who was Praxiteles?
  14. What noted artist gave his name to a certain color of hair?
  15. Define “pinxit.”
  16. Name the French artist who took his subjects from the lives of French peasants.
  17. In what forms of art did Benvenuto Cellini specialize?
  18. Name a famous woman painter of animals.
  19. What German artist was a pioneer in the field of engraving?
  20. What two great artists did not sign their pictures and why?
  21. To what does “still life” painting refer?
  22. With what is the name of Gobelin connected?
  23. What is a rose window?
  24. Where is the famous statue depicting the end of the trail?
  25. Why was Tintoretto so called?

Haskin, Frederic J. (1938). The quiz-and-answer book. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. (Pages 1-2)