For many years my father had a collage by my cousin Rick in his office. I looked at it maybe a million times, and it eventually found its way into my possession and onto the wall of my home. It is a collage of various late 19th and early 20th century ephemera - photos, advertisements, old magazines pages (my father was a periodical wholesaler) and the like. Among the items is a an advertisement, stamped "Henry Kohn Jeweler, Asylum Street Hartford," from the Boss Watch Case Company, featuring th following bit of poetry in the form of a dialog:
Father, is that the electric light of which I've often heard?
Oh no, my son, tis the boss watch case, and much to be preferred.
Can our sailors see it in the night, will it guide their movements well?
T'will guide our sailors' movements right, and those that jewelers sell.
This is a similar specimen, customized for a different jeweler:
I am proud to say that I have taught my nearly three year old Roxanne the entire poem, and we perform it, to Abby's chagrin, constantly. I play the young lad, she the old salt. Sure, she is unclear as to what a "watch case" is. But she is a heck of straight man. Roxanne had her third birthday party today and held up well, except for her usual cake-related angst. She is more of person and less of a little baby every day. She can be very tough and very mean sometimes, but I do love her so much. Either we think a lot like, or I have the mind of a three year old. Or a combination.
On an unrelated note, I have a serious hankering for an Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier, a smoked Lent beer from Germany that is rarely seen in the states. I had some last year at the Publick House in Brookline, but have not seen it this year. Being the Jew I am, I even double checked to make sure that Lent is on right now. It is. Has anyone in the Boston area seen this delectable smoky beer this year, on tap or in the bottle? Learn more about this beer here and let me know if you can track any down.