Thursday, March 02, 2006

Horseshoes and lucky monkeys

More from the self-help book of 1925.

This shows how much the world has changed:

Instead of making their affirmations and looking to God for success and prosperity, they had each bougt a "lucky monkey". I said, "Oh, I see, you have been trusting in the lucky monkeys instead of God." "Put away the lucky monkeys and call on the law of forgiveness." The decided to throw the lucky monkeys down a coalhole, and all went well again. This does not mean, however, that one should throw away every "lucky" ornament or horse-shoe about the house...I was with a friend, one day, who was in deep despair. In crossing the street, she picked up a horseshoe. Immediately she was filled with joy and hope. She said God had sent her the horsehoe in order to keep up her courage.... I wish to make the point clear that the men previously mentioened were depending on the monekys, alone, while this woman reognized the power back of the horseshoe."

Lucky monkeys, coal-holes and horse-shoes--what a strange world.
Imagine finding a horseshoe on the street now--it would be a totally bizarre experience, rather than a mnior rarity.
And coal-holes--I am not even sure what those are. Though in Turkey I did see coal chutes.

As for the lucky monkeys, one can only imagine what those might have been. Something won from Coney Island, no doubt, and stuffed with straw.

What magic items do people have now? Bumper stickers? Ipods? Nothing so primitive and earthy as a horse-shoe, a monkey's paw, or a rabbit's foot.


Blogger Boz said...

Hello Kitty and My Favorite Pony.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Boz said...


1:28 PM  
Blogger Jonnie 7-11 said...

I wish there were coal holes and furnaces everywhere like in the days of chimney sweeps. I would love to go about my day periodically tossing debris into convenient fires wherever I might be.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I'm tempted to make a comment about magic sticks, a stupid naughty comment that would probably end with 3 winking smileys... but I just came home after a long, exhausting day at work and the only things left in my mind are numbers.

So hey, I could give you a lucky number!


The answer to all questions.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

P.S.: ;-) ;-) ;-)

9:52 AM  

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