The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the Demoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machi nes - from Human Centipedes and Revolving Goats to ElectricCarpets and SmokingC

The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the Demoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machi nes - from Human Centipedes and Revolving Goats to ElectricCarpets and SmokingC

by Julia Suits

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The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the Demoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machi nes - from Human Centipedes and Revolving Goats to ElectricCarpets and SmokingC by Julia Suits

At the turn of the 20th century, forty percent of American men belonged to a lodge, and they were hazing their newbies with cigar- smoking camels, spankers, and even fake guillotines. Nearly all their prank devices came from the same place: catalogs published by the DeMoulin Brothers Company from 1896 to 1930.

These catalogs were all but forgotten until Julia Suits discovered one at a flea market. Its pages were full of bizarre hazing props: old- fashioned telephones that squirted water, bucking goats attached to tricycles, Victorian-looking furniture that sent electric shocks. These prank machines are the relics of mischief and daredevilry, produced for the country's original fraternity hazing culture, and created by America's original hi-tech geeks of the electric age.

The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions offers a peek into 20th-century American culture that most people have never seen. At its core are hundreds of the most inventive DeMoulin prank machines, complete with their original, quirky descriptions and eccentric line art. Alongside the catalog pages are newspaper clippings, lodge trivia, quotes, and stories that show the true side of America's original hazing culture.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101545768
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 25 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julia Suits is a New Yorker cartoonist and freelance illustrator.

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