Friday, November 6, 2009

The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same...

Ever hear the old proverb saying 'The more things change the more they stay the same'?

The original wording in French is: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."

It is of French origin and was used by the French novelist Alphonse Karr (1808-90). It also appears in George Bernard Shaw's 'Revolutionist's Handbook' (1903). Listed in the 1946 'Macmillan (Home) Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Familiar Phrases' by Burton Stevenson and in the 1992 'Dictionary of American Proverbs' by Wolfgang Mieder et al." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). 

Here is a cartoon that was in the Chicago Tribune in 1934. Look carefully at the plan of action in the lower left corner.

See how that old proverb still applies in 2009?

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When you quit smoking, keep your tobacciana collectibles. Tobacco stands without the top parts are good plant stands. Cigarette cases are popular as small purses that will hold a credit card, driver's license and a little money. Tobacco tins and boxes are interesting storage containers, and the box labels and cigar bands work well for decoupage projects. Best of all, ashtrays can be used to hold short stemmed flowers or kept in the bedroom to hold earrings and rings overnight.

I have a whole whack of ashtrays...remember licking S & H Green Stamps to fill up 99 books so you can redeem them for a new toaster or the new fandangled thing called an Electric Can Opener? If you have someone on your gift list that collects vintage eclectic items...this would make a great gift. She could put it beside her sewing machine, desk, or even use in the kitchen as a spoon rest or hold a bar of soap.

A neat advertising collectible that is cute as heck..A Kelloggs large Froot Loops cup with Toucan Sam looking quite dapper.
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grouchow said...

Looks like history is repeating itself. Sad!

Fleapirates said...

Leave it to Supergranny to find a fitting cartoon that dates back to 1934! It is sad that it still applies...

Eileen Williams said...

Dear Supergranny,

Not only are you a wit of great humor and style, you are an extremely well read pundit who knows her stuff on a variety of subjects! I loved the cartoon but, boy-oh-boy, it's all too true!

Supergranny said...

You gals are so right...all too true and the more things change the more they stay the same....trouble is I'm afraid the 'fundamental change of this country' is something we are NOT ready to accept nor ever will be!

maggiemaybecrafty said...

I haven't thought about those S&H green stamps for years. Boy does that take me back a few years. Do I feel old??? Heck no.