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Cucumber Man

cucumbermanJust in time for this 1887’s growing season, we present to you a Fine New Sort of Nichol’s Green Cucumber. It is found exclusively in Rice’s Box of Choice Vegetables! This new and very handsome variety is worthy of the first place in the list of pickle sorts, and second to none as a slicer. Fresh crisp and tender of excellent quality and so very desirable for table use. We are sure that you will love it.

Every cucumber comes dressed in a stylish hat. Styles will vary. The only draw back is that each mutated cucumber beast also has tiny legs that may make it hard to catch them. Also you can’t be too squeamish about the head. They tend to complain a bit when you slice them, but the taste is worth it!

The Greatest Show on Earth

the greatest show on earth

Wild Animals at the Circus


A 1901 poster advertising a show by the Barnum and Bailey Circus, billed as the Greatest Show on Earth. The circus was especially popular in the early 1900s and toured all over the United States and Europe. This poster is promoting a show in France and is letting people know the amazing and rare “wild” animals that they will to see at the circus, including a colossal living hippopotamus, a giant monkey, and all kinds of other exotic animals from the distant corners of the world.

Now that documentaries on television and photos in National Geographic have made the rare animals of jungles and deserts familiar sights, it is difficult to remember the sense of wonder and amazement that circus goers of that era would have felt when they came face to face with a gigantic hippo or mysterious and strangely humanoid monkey. For them, these sights were incredibly exotic, mysterious and wondrously new. Sometimes I wish that we could recapture the sense of wonder that existed when the world was just a little newer and a lot less well known.









The Infamous Showman  and Hoaxter Phineas Taylor Barnum

The Infamous Showman and Hoaxter Phineas Taylor Barnum

Barnum and Bailey’s Circus was created  in 1875 when the infamous PT Barnum, the greatest showman and huckster who ever lived, invested in an already existing circus. It was he who famously coined the phrase, there is a sucker born every minute and he brazenly put that theory into practice in his show business enterprises, once famously labeling the Exit as “This Way to the Egress,” leading thousands of not-so-erudite ticket holders to rush out expecting to see a wonderful egress.


In 1907 the Ringling Brothers purchased the Barnum and Bailey Circus and after several changes in corporate ownership it is still going, though nothing will ever match the golden age of circus posters from the early 1900s.

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