Craigslist ca. 1900

Suzanne Fischer points to a rib-tickling page purporting an origin in the Craigslist archives and an age of about 100 years. Among the more interesting classifieds of 1906:

– My Electric is Off Again. Edison Will Not Answer His Telephone.

– M4W: Honest Farmer 65 Seeks Healthy Wife 18 to Bear Children, Pull Plow, Cook

– Was Saturday Night Live as Funny Last Night as it was in 1871? I Think NOT.

– Anarchist Rally this Weekend. Time & Place Unknown. BYOB.

– English Building Unsinkable Ship. USA Lags in Technology.

– RE: My Electric is Off Again … Cheapskate. Switch to Westinghouse. Expensive but Reliable.

– A Teaspoon or Two of Laudanum Helps Children Sleep.

– Next Summer’s Bathing Costumes are Scandalous.

When It Rains, It Pours

I was refilling our salt shakers last night when I noticed this little tidbit on the side of the can.


It turns out my can is part of a series. In addition to the 1956 Umbrella Girl, Morton’s is printing throwbacks from 1914, 1921, 1933, and 1941. Collect them all at your local supermarket … or maybe just visit Morton’s website.

Medieval Help Desk

Ever wonder how Europe managed the transition from scroll to codex? This short video may provide some insight. I suspect the periodization is all wrong—historians of the book can let us know—but anyone who has ever worked in tech support will see the comedic conceit is right on.

BTW: Unless you speak Norwegian, you probably want to turn down the sound and stick to the subtitles.