Things you don’t see anymore: curses inscribed in books to discourage their theft. â€œ[W]idely employed â€¦ during the medieval period[,] [t]he use of book curses dates back â€¦ to pre-Christian times, when the wrath of gods was invoked to protect books and scrolls.â€ â€” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_curse
If a comics adaptation of a Civil War diary appeals to you, then gaze upon my friend Marek Bennett‘s Kickstarter for The Civil War Diary Of Freeman Colby, Volume 2 (you can get Volume 1 bundled in at some levels). It ends this week.
Mother’s Day founder Anna Jarvis quickly came to resent its commercialization.
By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother’s Day cards. Jarvis […] organized boycotts of Mother’s Day, and threatened to issue lawsuits against the companies involved. Jarvis argued that people should appreciate and honor their mothers through handwritten letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards. Jarvis protested at a candy makers’ convention in Philadelphia in 1923, and at a meeting of American War Mothers in 1925. By this time, carnations had become associated with Mother’s Day, and the selling of carnations by the American War Mothers to raise money angered Jarvis, who was arrested for disturbing the peace.
The bust is a changed copy of Plutarch of Chaeronea-03.jpg by Odysses. The quote is the name of a section of Plutarch’s Morals vol. 5. You can copy and change this image but you have to put it under this license: Some rights reserved (CC BY-SA 3.0) and give credit by linking to colintedford.com/s/3764 because of the license on the bust photo. Phew!
Related: another gem from Morals.
I found this gem on Wikipedia yesterday:
Lucius Licinius Crassus was mocked by Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (cos. 54 BC) for weeping over the death of his pet lamprey [as told in Plutarch’s Morals, vol. 5 at the end of section 14 of “POLITICAL PRECEPTS”]