Wednesday, September 19, 2012
BURLESQUE PARAPHERNALIA CATALOG #439 - Strange Collection of pranks, jokes, costumes and all manner of the bizarre!!
Burlesque Paraphernalia Catalog Number #439
Intro by Charles Schneider - with an Appreciation by Magician David Copperfield
This book is a time machine - an obscure vintage re-issued catalog collection of pranks, jokes, costumes and all manner of strangeness!! This book is truly incredible and overflowing with unusual items that defy description - they just don't make stuff like this anymore -- Could you imagine, in today's world of lawyers and lawsuits, inviting someone to sit in a trick collapsing-exploding chair? The amazing De Moulin Brothers catalog of 'Burlesque and Side Degree Paraphernalia' is full of barely describable props and items - pranks, gags, tricks, costumes, exploding cigars, theater props, collapsing chairs, whoopee cushions, hand buzzers, skeletons, devil masks, spankers and all the equipment and costumes for elaborate old ritualistic, vaudeville, side-show, theater, stage and slapstick jokes of past days...
Many of these items were intended as to be used as initiation devices as part of various elaborate secret society rituals. Back in those days, fraternal organizations flourished by the hundreds - and these jokes and pranks were of a high order - the uses and plots were developed by the comically sadistic De Moulin Brothers company - the thought, design, skill and craft that went into each piece is astonishing - yes, this book truly is a time machine.
Fantagraphics Books - 2010 Release - Many Many Amazing B&W Illustrations with a few in Color - Ritual/ Vaudeville/ Stage/ Slapstick/ Pranks/ Jokes/ Vaudeville/ Initiation/ Catalog - PRICE: $20.00
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