To accommodate guests on New Years I cleaned the bathroom and sent the man of the house out to the shop for snacks and extra toilet paper. In preparation for her guests Mrs Evelyn Mclean built an extra wing of glass on her already palatial residence. I think that this clearly shows the difference in our financial situations!
In 1937 Americans were suffering under the hardship of the Great Depression. The average weekly wage for men in America at that time seems to have been about $1700. For her to spend nearly 6 years of average earnings on a party for her 500 nearest and dearest just shows that she wasn’t doing it as hard as the rest of her countrymen!
The neighbour from hell award for 1932 is won by….drumroll please….this guy.
The neighbour who invites you around to his birthday and then lurks behind the door waiting to kill you with an axe is a shoe-in for this award. No barking dog or loud late-night parties can outdo a homicidal maniac.
How many other neighbours did he think he was going to do in before he got caught? Did the whole town get an invitation? I wonder if he turned up to the undertaker to place his order covered in blood? That is kind of a dead giveaway you are not having a traditional birthday party.
Clarence and Richmond Examiner- 21st Sept 1897http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61320006
I would have loved to have been witness to the ‘almost ensanguined scramble for tucker and beer’ at that particular Hawkesbury picnic. Ensanguined means to cover or stain with blood. The year of this undignified rush for sustenance was 1897 and I can just imagine women and men dressed in their period finery jostling for position at the table. A shivoo is a party or a celebration. Lord Brassey’s shivoo needed to have detectives tracking the silver so it sounds as though no matter your station in life there are always ferals ready to crash your party.