Publisher: Perigee Trade (November 1, 2011)
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"This stuff is greater than simply fancy pranks. it truly is Americana. by no means has nonsense been taken so seriously...This ebook is an engaging, urge for food- whetting glimpse for the, if you are going to pardon the expression, uninitiated."-David Copperfield, from the forewordAt the start of the 20th century, forty percentage of yankee males belonged to a resort, and so they have been hazing their beginners with cigar- smoking camels, spankers, or even faux guillotines. approximately all their prank units got here from an identical position: catalogs released by means of the DeMoulin Brothers corporation from 1896 to 1930.Julia matches stumbled on the sort of all-but-forgotten catalogs at a flea industry. Its pages have been choked with strange hazing props: out of date phones that squirted water, bucking goats hooked up to tricycles, Victorian- taking a look furnishings that despatched electrical shocks. those prank machines are the relics of mischief and daredevilry, produced for the country's unique fraternity- hazing tradition, and created via America's unique high-tech geeks of the electrical age.The amazing Catalog of unusual innovations deals a peek into twentieth-century American tradition that the majority humans have by no means obvious. At its center are enormous quantities of the main artistic DeMoulin prank machines, entire with their unique, quirky descriptions and whimsical line paintings. along the catalog pages are newspaper clippings, hotel trivialities, prices, and tales that convey the precise facet of America's unique hazing tradition.