Sometimes, things are wrong. At one point they may have been alright, and are now considered wrong, or, they always have been and ever will be just plain wrong. Oft times, these wrong things are also funny.

With that in mind, this endeavour features two main strands: the "Shelf of Shame" (books) and the "Screen of Shame" (film) and smaller strands such as "Sound of Shame" (vinyl) and "Miscellany of Shame" (various) - each showcasing items from my personal collection of bibliographic and cinematic oddities and curios.

Deemed shame-worthy according to varying criteria of wrongness, these humourous, surprising, and occasionally instructive items are therefore posted here for your perusal, amusement and edification. Enjoy.

Porn Title of the Week:

Red-dick (Sept 1)
Blow-Jobs (Aug 25)
The Butt-ler (Aug 18)
You're Sexed (Aug 11)
Fuck-Ass 2 (Aug 4)
We're the Fillers (July 28)
Tur-blow (July 21)
The Who-To-Do-List (July 14)
Pacific Rim-Job (July 7)
Blown Ranger (June 30)
White House Going Down (June 23)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ephemera of Shame #3


Lecture Ticket, June 7 [1904]. Black print on grey card stock, 2.25" x 3.5". Kew Beach Presbyterian Church. In Aid of Church Building Fund. Price: 15c.

While not as egregious as some of the material I find, the simple matter-of-factness of its use of a derivative term, combined with its religious angle, make it a valuable and interesting addition to the collection.

At first, I believed the card to be from the W.W. II era - but such is not the case. I found a newspaper reference to the Rev. D.C. Hossack dated 1899, and it seemed unlikely he would still have been active (or even alive) by the 1940s. So my choices were reduced to W.W. I, or the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.

The latter seemed most likely, and has proven to be the case. There was a Presbyterian Church in the Kew Beach area of Toronto in this time period, and checking a universal calendar reveals that 1904 does indeed contain a Tuesday, June 7.

So this interesting little piece of Toronto ephemera is over a century old, and quite possibly the only one of its kind in existence - saved from oblivion by its use as a bookmark in a dusty tome whose reader has long since passed.

For Further Research:
Daily Empire & Mail, 1899
Kew Beach Presbyterian
Russo-Japanese War


  1. You are just like Batman in that you possess keen detective skills.
    Good work. I love this stuff.

  2. I must confess that I somehow forgot to mention Mr. Michael Henry, whose keen eye caught this little gem, for the amusement and edification of all. To Mr. Mike, my thanks, and apologies for plain out forgetting to acknowledge him.