February 4th, 2009

krazy koati

Right down Santa Claus lane

[ Posted late due to Livejournal's server glitches and completely not my fault this time. ]

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And all of this was to produce a perfectly crafted newspaper detail that's anachronistic in every one of its visible details if you look hard enough for those details. It's a baffling bit of work. How can it be all that exact and so uniformly off, unless it's meant as a joke? But if it's a joke why one that you have to be uniquely well-versed in the newspaper histories of New York City and Washington, DC, of sixty years ago, and into studying the fine print to get? They can't have been making that joke purely on the hopes that I would happen to be there to see it, would they?

Clearly there are things going on here I can't begin to understand. I'd told bunny_hugger I meant to find out more about this weird icon but kind of let it slide.

Trivia: In 1835-36 James Gordon Bennett (Sr) initiated the practice that advertisements in the New York Herald could run no longer than two weeks without changing copy, as opposed to the common practice of leaving advertisements unchanged for as long as a year. Eventually Bennett would insist on an alteration in the advertisement every day. Source: The Paper: The Life And Death Of The New York Herald Tribune, Richard Kluger.

Currently Reading: The Age Of Gold: The California Gold Rush And The New American Dream, H W Brands.