I was recently made a gift of a valise which belonged to a great-great-uncle whom I’d never known nor indeed ever heard of. Inside his valise, which must have been close to a century old,  were some personal effects, nothing of great interest, but among them I found a small bundle of printed matter, folded into a yellowing envelope and tied with a bit of unravelling string. Upon opening the envelope I was surprised to find that they were keepsakes from a circus of some kind called “Dr. Peppy’s Superb Symmetrical Circus.” There was an advertisement (pictured above) as well as some promotional cards, highlighting what I have to assume were star attractions of the circus. Each had handwritten notes on the back. I’ve scanned the cards and transcribed the notes below for your wonder and amusement.

06.04. filed under: !. lies. play.

Wow, excellent serendipitous find! Mark Mothersbaugh clearly ripped off Dr. Perkey for his Beautiful Mutants photos:


posted on 06.04 at 07:08 PMMrBaliHai

Indeed. Perhaps he’s been gifted with a certain valise as well?
(Wish he’d stuck to the funny red hats… the bastard.)

posted on 06.04 at 08:04 PMjmorrison

hehe cool idea :P

posted on 06.04 at 09:33 PM.

Outstanding. How do you find the time? Good enough for a small book. Go for it man, we need more fantastical ephemera in the world to confuse future archaeologists….. This was the sort of stuff I loved as a kid.

posted on 06.05 at 01:09 AMEli

I think this thing ate my lengthy comment! Waaahh!

posted on 06.05 at 02:06 AM.

as i being, “faint at heart and slow of mind” you have truely troubled my soul….....

p.s. a belated and much deserved congratulations on the new nonist

posted on 06.05 at 12:48 PMadmiral2015

@Eli: I bought my time cheap off the back of a truck in an alley in Mexico city. Can barely make use of it all. Actually that’s a lie. I just do shoddy work, takes no time at all. Actually, that’s a lie too. It takes a while. I don’t go outside much, so maybe that’s it.

@Tom: Commenter who cried wolf! that’s one too many “the machine ate my comment” comments from you ya lazy s.o.b! I’m beginning to think you’re in the early stages of Alzheimer’s…

@Admiral: Thanks pal. Much appreciated.

@Abi: I thought so too… though the “idea” came after the images.

posted on 06.06 at 06:23 PMjmorrison

Oh ho, read your riposte after a lapse of about five days!  No, it actually did, most probably because I did about five previews trying to tidy up my spelling (I’m not used to typing on a laptop, reaching across four inches of noticeably hot metal to get at the keys).

Most apropos points of my eaten comment: Funny! Couldn’t stop chuckling or get the phrase “Fresh doo-doo loaf” out of my head for days. Is that an early sign of Alzheimer’s? Hell, it’s probably a halfway-to-dementia sign. But it was funny anyhoo.

Where does one go to learn to be a Morticant?

Also, there’s a local photographer whose name I forget (might be Al Z. Heimer) who does this symmetry thing with outdoor scenes, so you get stuff like an autumnal maple tree that somehow also evokes a lobster, frinstance.

posted on 06.12 at 01:34 AM.

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