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Guitars! Hamsters!

Guitar hamster

While searching for history on a faded ad that I photographed this week, I came across this 1951 issue of Popular Mechanics. I find these classifieds - play guitar! raise hamsters! - simply fascinating. And reassuring in how they make you realize that human dissatisfaction is by no means just a 21st Century condition. We've always been looking for something, or something else, to do with our lives.

March 29, 2015 in Ephemera, History | Permalink


I wonder if that hamster book is still available.

Posted by: Paul at Mar 30, 2015 9:30:38 AM

Go for it. Certainly there's plenty of space on your eighty acres for a massive hamster farm. I love that ad. I had no idea that "hamstery" is a word - and I would have first guessed it was an adjective, not a noun. ("Ewww. It smells really hamstery in here.")

Posted by: Pete at Mar 31, 2015 8:19:12 AM