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April 14, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Staged – with chicks

Odd pairings show up for many reasons

“I do benefits for all religions. I’d hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.” (Bob Hope)

Even with seasonal expectations for Easter, there’s the old, “Never work with children or animals.” (attributed to W.C. Fields, but no.)

Bob Hope was known to remark, “Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.”

Oh, seriously. He meant that in the nicest way.

No, not as with the elitist diet promoted by Jonathan Swift.

It is about your health, though: “A sense of humor is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” See? He’s an animal lover and concerned about animal welfare. Probably supported laughing rights for humans as well.

Stuffed bunny and Bob Hope, special aired in 1950 on NBC (USPD. atist life, pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

The bunny looks worried…he’s already stuffed, so what else can happen to him?…Shiver…”That guy looks a bit dubious..Why is he sniffing my ear?” Bunny hope is that he’s not a hungry Welsh peasant! (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Bob Hope once said he couldn’t be paid enough to work on television. Not real acting.

Well, the “never say never” joke’s on him:

Hope thought no one would actually pay him around $50,000 to do a show when asked what his number was. Then he was stunned when Frigidaire came came back with an offer for 5 television specials – the first paid at $40,000, with the other 4 being paid at $37,500 per special.

The above is a publicity photo for his first TV special, “Star Spangled Revue” which aired on Easter Sunday, 1950. After a smashing debut, Hope became one of the best known – and most enthusiastic – TV performers on NBC.

Easter table decorations. 1911 American Homes and Gardens. (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons,wikimedia.org). "attractiveness of every table, whether set for luncheons, dinners, or parties, may be increased by the addition of timely centerpieces and favors, and the enjoy- ment of such an occasion is sure to be greater if the individual favors be- speak in any way the characteristics or pet hobbies of the guests."

Move over Magnolia TV, Pottery Barn and DIY Martha Stewart. 1911 Easter table decoration ideas from American Home and Gardens. I know times and tastes have changed, but what’s with the chick in the grilling basket? (USPD/Commons,wikimedia.org).

Before holiday specials on TV, resourceful homemakers made their own fun. Many took inspiration from American Home and Gardens Magazine.

“…attractiveness of every table, whether set for luncheons, dinners, or parties, may be increased by the addition of timely centerpieces and favors, and the enjoyment of such an occasion is sure to be greater if the individual favors bespeak in any way the characteristics or pet hobbies of the guests…”

Apparently dressing up animals for the holidays is nothing new.

But should one be encouraging hobbies like riding the bunny hop or tormenting peeps? Maybe it’s really just a marshmallow peep ready to be “warmed” for serving as a fancy desert like S,mores.  Yeah, that’s possible, right? We got kids at the table! It’s food, kids, not a smashed baby Easter chick!

How about just a garden bouquet on the table? Something pretty, and not controversial. (and not shedding fake fur and smelling like mothballs….)

Two bunnies on Easter card by A.M. Mailick (USPD. artist life, pub.dater/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Now this is more like it: pastoral with two bunnies on Easter card by A.M. Mailick. No calories and you don’t have to find a place for it after the holiday. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Who doesn’t like Easter cards? Pretty and it’s so unique to get something beside junk in the mailbox these days.

Wonder if greeting card artists are as calm as their works appear.

German artist Alfred Moritz Mailick had a long career as a painter, illustrator, and greeting card/postcard artist. (1869-1946)

“…Though much of his work revolved around themes of animals and hunting, he imbued all his work with a strong sense of the natural world. While this makes some of it feel almost pagan in character, he did produce numerous depictions of Christ out in the fields. The figures on his postcards seem to be taking part in a larger unspoken narrative rather than being the focus of attention. While there is a great simplicity to his somewhat academic style it is consistent and easily recognizable.”

Woman holding lamb. "Joy be with you" Easter card by Mailick.1912 (USPD. artist life, pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Woman holding lamb, “Joy be with you. Don’t worry, no lamb chops for us.” (Mailick 1912 Easter card. USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that, in retrospect, give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

(Bob Hope)

May your basket in life be overflowing, and Easter be more than sugar and yolks.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

I know. I promised you chicks, so here:

Easter card sample Nyce Post card CO, 1900-09/Curt Teich/ (USPD, pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Serene scene from earlier times, but just as welcomed now. Best wishes for a peaceful weekend. (Nyce Postcard Co. Easter postcard, 1900-09. USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

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  1. marina kanavaki / Apr 14 2022 7:27 am

    Happy Easter, my friend! Hopefully with less …”barbecued” lambs! 😉
    🐰

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  2. disperser / Apr 14 2022 7:45 am

    Don’t celebrate it myself, but sure wish the advice would be followed. Peace.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 14 2022 2:37 pm

      Dad always said “Religion was probably all right in the beginning, but the problem started when Churches organized religion.”
      Hmmm
      Standing in front of the vast pastel display of Easter candy at the grocery store….I eventually picked up a pack of gummy worms…somehow the two-headed gummy snakes/worms seemed appropriate this year ….(people are going to grumble about that decision? Lighten up people.)
      Cheers and smile to all the spring celebrations around the world that promote, good, kindness, and peace.

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Apr 14 2022 8:42 am

    Happy Easter!

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  4. Ally Bean / Apr 14 2022 8:47 am

    I didn’t know Bob Hope’s opinion of TV. Hmmm… I couldn’t tell you the last time I received an Easter card but back in the day they certainly were pretty. Happy Easter!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 14 2022 2:48 pm

      When TV was new, it got no respect – and few takers. …until the checks came in after the audiences grew large? HaHa
      I don’t think I ever got an Easter card. The vintage ones are quite elegant. (did make quite a few watercolor/construction paper Easter projects, though….not so elegant ones)
      Happy Easter and may the bunny be with you

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  5. SusanR / Apr 14 2022 9:44 am

    Happy Easter. Love that Mailick card. All I get in my snail mailbox is ads — and important little things that get lost among the ads, like car tag renewal notice.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 14 2022 2:54 pm

      The mass produced cards today somehow lack the lovely painterly images…maybe companies think the overly sugary messages make up for that?
      Wish the postal service would charge junk mailers more for postage – maybe that would lessen the amount of wasted effort/paper that just gets tossed…and like you say, important things – like voter cards – get lost and almost tossed. Hope you got that tag notice on time – and didn’t have to go in in person!
      Enjoy as the weather turns!
      Thanks for hopping by here

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  6. sustainabilitea / Apr 14 2022 1:14 pm

    There’s so little humor that’s woke enough for many these day. They must all have heartburn! Here’s one my husband told me, a Chuck Norris joke (which I love!) If Chuck Norris made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Will Smith would slap himself. 🙂

    Happy Easter!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 14 2022 2:59 pm

      Great joke! It’s so difficult to say anything test days…someone can always find a way to be offended…comes from the elementary school eliminating those terrible “each child must have a moment on stage” PTA performances…being a toadstool or rock on stage in the spotlight must be developmental …and everyone gets laughed at and laughed with once grown thinking about those childhood performances.
      Gather those smiles while you may – who knows when those will be outlawed (I am so at risk, then HaHa)
      Thanks for tossing a comment into this basket

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  7. Anne Mehrling / Apr 14 2022 7:51 pm

    Happy Easter! None of us send cards any more.

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  8. Littlesundog / Apr 17 2022 7:54 am

    A blessed Easter to you! We just finished season two of “The Chosen” and cannot wait to see season three and future episodes of the story of Jesus. I have always loved spring and the renewal of life. The woods are alive with activity and growth… and our big girls are getting barrel bellies. Soon, we’ll have fawns and other woodland babies to enjoy watching.

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