“To be worn over head and rest on shoulders. Full size. Fine natural painted. Heads kept in stock can be shipped on short notice.”
Freemasons: plotting in secret to run the world and conceal an age-old conspiracy, or getting drunk and running around wearing a donkey head? On the evidence of this old catalogue of “Burlesque and Side Degree Specialties, Paraphernalia and Costumes” by De Moulin Bros. & Co., I’m afraid the latter scenario seems much more likely. Sorry, conspiracy fans.
OR MAYBE I’M A NWO REPTOID TOO AND I’M IN THE PAY OF THE ILLUMINATI. STAY ASLEEP.
This is more hard drive detritus. I don’t know where these images came from or why I originally stored them. I know only that they’re from late 2001 or early 2002, and they therefore predate the books or sites that came out over the past few years with nutty material from these De Moulin catalogues. If anybody knows their origin and/or who originally scanned them, please let me know in the comments.
I’m not dissing those recent re-publications, incidentally. This stuff is entertaining, and bonkers. How radically culture changes even in so short a period as a hundred years. Sometimes it does 180 degree turns without us even noticing.
Splendid, here’s where we can buy the papier mache head of an Irishman, a Negro, a Jew, a Chinese [sic] or a Wench with movable mouth and eyelids. If you think this is racist, wait until you scroll down a bit. Unfortunately I don’t have the illustrations from page 118.
Some jovially bigoted “race costumes” [sic]. They don’t even get nationalities, just Black, Yellow, Brown or Red.
“Our Palls will adjust to any size Sxxxx Cxxx.” Not sure why it’s Xed out when the phrase “Scene Case” is openly mentioned on the same page. “We do not list a plain wooden Scene Case. It does not give satisfaction and is an obsolete style.” Bang! That told any loser who thought their plain wooden Scene Case gave satisfaction.
I only just noticed that they also offered a real skeleton for sale, “genuine, deodorized, from $110.00 to $200.00 according to quality and fluctuation of the market.” And according to how long it takes for somebody to be murdered and defleshed by that sketchy guy who occasionally comes to the back door of the warehouse with suspiciously healthy-looking skeletons.