The Stone Soup Novelist

I have a great idea for a novel. You know what would make it even better?…

Putting 2 and 2 Together

So, there’s an old Looney Tunes cartoon, Porky in Wackyland, that’s notable for its use of surrealism. At one point in the cartoon, a three-headed creature speaks unintelligibly, and another creature explains “He says his mother was frighted by a Pawn Broker’s sign.”  We were just watching an early Charlie Chaplin short, “The Pawn Shop,” and at one point Charlie is climbing a ladder outside the shop, and hits his head against one of 3 brass spheres hanging over the entrance of the shop. The shop also has a sign with 3 spheres drawn on it.

So it hit me: Before literacy was as common as it is now, you would have needed symbols to advertise different types of businesses. The striped barber’s pole, and the doctors’ snakes survived until now. The pawn brokers’ 3 spheres must have died out in the early twentieth century (or maybe I’ve just never observed it?). I wonder what other symbols there were for other types of businesses?

Yes, this is the kind of thing that is running through my mind pretty much all the time.

Advertisements

By posting this comment, you are granting me permission to use the words and ideas expressed below in my novel. You will not sue me when it becomes a bestseller. This is totally legally binding.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: