Tuesday, 20 September 2011

DIY Taxidermy - a flapper essential perhaps??

One of my favourite books for browsing when I have a few hours to spare is my Concise Household Encyclopedia from around 1930 (as with so many books of this era, it is undated).  I simply adore the wide range of articles.  I love the illustrations and house plans which make me think of the beautiful country houses on the further reaches of Metroland in the Chilterns countryside.

Amongst the household essentials - cooking, mechanics, managing servants, sewing, etc - and a few interesting craft articles - making artificial flowers, bag making, barbola work, leatherwork, metalwork - is an article that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Makes one wonder whether any small furry within several miles of this book was safe!


  1. I immediately thought of Norman Bates!! The house plans in the first picture are gorgeous - hope to read more about this book!

  2. I know, it sends a shiver up your spine, doesn't it?


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