Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Another one of those Nickolas Muray Pabst ads took my fancy, possibly because of the presence of the Great Dane.

Or because something reminded me of this image, which I had meant to post on a NLA Saturday. Apart from the morning tea conviviality, I like the mysterious shadow of a figure with tea cup.

The symbolism of tea leaves could be mysterious, according to this 1922 Guide by Cicley Kent - another choice find by Ramage.
It would seem that bad omens far outnumber the good, and I'll never look at a beetroot in my tea leaves in quite the same way again :
Beetroot.—This symbol indicates that someone will try to do you a bad turn, but it will fail in its object and rather turn out as a benefit

Oddly some symbols are metaphoric:
Telephone.—You will be put to considerable inconvenience through forgetfulness
Whereas others are WYSIWYG
Fire-Escape.—An urgent warning to take all precautions against fire

Dogs do not bode well: "... in a general way this sign indicates adverse conditions, the thwarting of life's chances, unfortunate love affairs, family misfortune and money troubles"

And Cicely may have had issues with concertinas, but is possibly right about the bagpipes:
This symbol gives warning of coming sorrow or much agitation and disturbance.

Finally one of these Tea Games is this Top Dog involving biplanes. I was hopeless at even flying my plane let alone firing at another. (via the ultimate insult)

Comments: teas

Posted by Hamlet, another great Dane at December 15, 2004 02:55 PM

To tea, or not to tea

or not,
Two tee - or not two tee?
Posted by boynton at December 15, 2004 03:10 PM

Tee Hee
Posted by Tee Tee at December 15, 2004 03:28 PM

Cool! More ways to fritter away a work afternoon.

I even fingered out to do an Immelmann roll in between the Arnotts, and felt quite Albert Ball-ish there for a while (must keep an eye on the clock).

(Google 'Albert Ball' (images too). If he didn't exist, someone would have invented him as the Sir Galahad of the RFC.)
Posted by Nabakov at December 15, 2004 11:36 PM

Did the Immelmann Roll come before the Fosbury Flop?
Posted by Tony.T at December 16, 2004 10:25 AM

It must still be possible to buy those ties somewhere. They can't all have disappeared. A brace for Christmas, please, anybody who's got connections...
Posted by Dick at December 16, 2004 10:33 AM

First Googlehit:
"Won't it be nice when all this beastly killing is over, and we can enjoy ourselves and not hurt anyone? I hate this game . . ." Albert Ball in letters to his father and fiancée, 6 May 1917

...or after the Heimlich manoeuvre?

or The Windsor Knot?

"By the late 'forties, about seventy percent of ties were being bought by women. Advertisers focused on this Freudian reversal with such slogans as "Whatever your dish, Van Heusen has three sizes: small, medium and WOW!""

Posted by boynton at December 16, 2004 12:13 PM

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