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Strange Red Cow: And Other Curious Classified Ads From The Past (Inglés) Tapa dura – 4 oct 2005

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Fascinating Book! 6 de febrero de 2009
Por Christopher Durant - Publicado en
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This book explores the wonderful and fascinating world of old newspaper advertisements. I had a terrific time reading it, and will never look at an old newspapers the same way again. A great read!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ads, Ads, And More Ads! 24 de diciembre de 2005
Por Dai-keag-ity - Publicado en
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"Will swap my .410 shotgun with box of buck shells for picnic table or lawn chair. Call Hicksville 5-4631.

September 2, 1948

Levittown Tribune"

And that's one of the tamer entries in this funny history-isn't-boring book! Covering hundreds of years worth of odd, hilarious, disturbing and inexplicable classified ads (and leaving plenty of room for a sequel) this is the sort of book that works as a light read, as a study in human sociology, or as a trek through the side of history the textbooks never get right. The changes in the American language alone make this worth owning. My favorites among these ads are the ones that are so bizarre you wonder what on earth the scenario was that led up to it.

For instance:

"Twenty dollar reward--Escaped from my GREY SQUIRREL--The above reward shall be paid for his delivery..."

Were squirrels so uncommon in 1860's Virginia that one was truly worth twenty dollars? And during a war, too! I wish we could contact these original advertisers and ask what on earth their ads were about.

This is one of those engrossing books that you pick up and before you know it you're a hundred pages in. It's a lot of fun.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Strange Red Cow is a Blue Ribbon Winner 30 de noviembre de 2005
Por T. Duvall - Publicado en
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This is a well researched, tightly written book that I tore through like a pint of Ben and Jerrys. It is alternately fun, poignant and disturbing. If you like history, you'll dig this book. In places you'll chuckle and in others you will shake your head in disbelief. In the end, if you have ever lost, bought, sold or pined for anything or anyone in your life, you will see yourself in these pages. It will give you a first person glance at the quirky, nutty, and bizarre history that is our own. Finally, hat's off to the author for seemlessly blending Craigslist and the Colonial era, a feat likely never before accomplished.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Strange Red Cow 9 de noviembre de 2005
Por J. E. Bergh - Publicado en
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Fascinating! "Strange Red Cow" is literally the voice of all sorts of different people talking to us from over the past three hundred years. Their voices tell us of things they lost and their value to the owner. They tell us their desires. They tell us of their anger. We get a very personal look at how goofy, thoughtful, practical and romantic we have been. We also get a very hard look at arrogance and inhumanity in the runaway slave ads. The author backs up these ads with good research and her own thoughtful commentary. A good book that is easily picked up and put down and will be enjoyed for a long time.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas hilarious 28 de noviembre de 2011
Por dorothy - Publicado en
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Not for everyone but I love this book! Fast shipping and great condition. Great coffee table book or something to lay out during a boring dinner party to get people talking.