Welcome to the second installment of the meme from yesterday, courtesy of Preston at Me and the Blue Skies.
Here are three places: one where I have lived, one I went to on vacation and one I want to go and visit right now (hint: it isn’t the post office, the mall or the subway!).
The first place is Philadelphia. So here is the Philadelphia Raisin Seeder – for all your raisin-seeding needs. It was patented in 1897, here’s the link if you must know more. And you would not believe how many other patents there are for raisin seeders in the 1890s! I think I may have stumbled on some strange socio-culinary issue here. Future post on the history blog, perhaps.
I lived near here, a long time ago, quite near. Near Philadelphia, that is. Not the raisin seeder.
And I wasn’t all that enterprising.
Next we have a place I went once on holiday. Not bath as in the bathtub, though that can be a vacation. Of sorts. No – Bath, England.
We went to a bookstore. I think. And on the way there we saw the outside of the famous Bath Baths. And there was a nice cup of tea involved at some point too (it is always, always a nice cup of tea in England). Now that’s intrepid traveling. Add in a youth hostel and a camera shot of a full moon, and you’ve got yourself a Lonely Planet episode!
Please note in the 1930s guidebook ad, on the right, that if you do go to Bath, and have more exciting adventures than we did – you can get an actual chess piece to move things for you. Get it? Moving things around like in the game of chess. Mind you, if they move your furniture the way I play chess, you’d end up without anything to sit on.
Now finally, here’s where I want to go. Nobody said it had to be in 2008. I’m going to Switzerland in 1913 for a restorative vacation. And believe me, they would know how to look after people from the future who were exhausted yet overstimulated by mall muzak and brightly lit racks of DVDs in Best Buy and being packed into the subway like a – well, like a raisin in a Philadelphia Raisin Seeder.
Now this is my kind of place!
Private Suites With Bath and Dressing Rooms. Absolute tranquility secured by double passages. Most beautiful views of lake and mountains! Most Modern Sanitary and Ventilating arrangements.
Oh good. I want to be well ventilated!
But wait…what is all this about “daily concerts by the Milan Orchestra” -? Somehow this does not fit in with the absolute tranquility.
I may have to have a word with the manager.
The Philadelphia ad is from my pals at Duke University. They don’t know me, but they are my pals! The other two images are from guidebooks that were lying around here. And today’s lousy-pun-in-the-title is explained over here.
And tomorrow, the final meme installment: 4 Weird Retro Jobs!