Humbug

About: Hen Fever

Wikipedia: ...
Humbug is an old term meaning hoax or jest. While the term was first described in 1751 as student slang, its etymology is unknown. Its present meaning as an exclamation is closer to 'nonsense' or 'gibberish', while as a noun, a humbug refers to a fraud or impostor, implying an element of unjustified publicity and spectacle.
... It was a fitting description in 1935 used to describe FDR's New Deal.
Recently I found in my father's library a book called The History of Hen Fever ~ Elder Sister of the New Deal.  It was a privately printed copy of the 1855 book The History of The HEN FEVER A Humorous Record by Geo. P. Burnham which you can find in Google Books. Attached in the back of the book is an outline of Drury W. Cooper's analysis of FDR's New Deal.  Hen Fever describes the history of a humbug (con-job) that took over the country as a fad to instant riches & wealth not unlike today.  The bubble did burst in the market similar to real estate, green jobs & health care plans of today. Cooper used the 1855 book to draw similarities between that boondoggle & the plans of FDR's New Deal.  The outline shows what he thought.  The amusing thing to me is that Cooper's analysis applies very much to the government we have today.  Very little is different - even using Cooper's words.  I have uploaded the most interesting parts of the book (the outline) & the Hen Fever table of contents describing the history of the fad. In those days it was spread by hum (similar to buzz today) - hence the picture above. Today it moves faster because of twitter & facebook & the rest of the Internet. 

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  1. humbug
  2. hen fever
  3. fdr

Comments


Mark de LA says
I'm not sure what is going on.  I am working with FF 3.6.24 on Linux.  It was there yesterday & yet I can't find it today.  I did notice that the usual Ctrl+ will still magnify.  I'll upload to facebook after I get my regular machine back - possibly today.


Mark de LA says
Ahh...!  I found it.  I went into picassa web: https://picasaweb.google.com/home & viewed the album there.  There is a magnifying glass that shows up & when you click on it it yields what I described before.



Seth says
MR 2011-12-15 16:03:10 15700
I scanned them & T did a quick crop. I then took the cropped images & uploaded them into G+ album. When I get to my Windows machine I may upload them to a facebook album. They show up in Picassa which has an  +/- icon in the upper left hand corner to magnify with.

Well this may well be a case where something is mis-configured on my system here locally or on my google setting ..... however if i click on the link above, i  go to the interface that i have depicted here.   There is no magnify button that i can find there.  However if i download the picture from here, i can view it magnified in my local photoshop ... so the problem is definitely not with your scan, but with the interface.  Could you try that from where you are and see if you get this same interface and if there is something that i am missing?

Seth says
strange somhow i can't get the zoomed images so that i can read into the book.  how do you click to get the largest image there.  I can download them and look in photoshop, but that is kind of tedious.  I'm wondering how you upload these to get into that other interface, my photos don't open in that interface.


Mark de LA says
MR 2011-12-15 12:55:09 15700
The link to the Google Books version is updated.  You  can view & read each chapter from the link or add the book to your collection.
There.  I think I got the links right now. Sorry, my main computer got sick & has a virus.

Mark de LA says
I scanned them & T did a quick crop. I then took the cropped images & uploaded them into G+ album. When I get to my Windows machine I may upload them to a facebook album. They show up in Picassa which has an  +/- icon in the upper left hand corner to magnify with.

Seth says
Yeah i saw that too.  Thing is i've seen this happen with other photos that people share through at G+ interface ... and not the way i do directly with a link to the photo in the album.  I'm wondering if G+ knows there is a bug in their interface ... or whether it is just my confusion.

Mark de LA says
seth 2011-12-16 10:48:39 15700
Yeah i saw that too.  Thing is i've seen this happen with other photos that people share through at G+ interface ... and not the way i do directly with a link to the photo in the album.  I'm wondering if G+ knows there is a bug in their interface ... or whether it is just my confusion.
I followed the easiest path to get the scans from T's machine via email to mine & offload to the web.  I'll probably avoid G+ next time.


Seth says
It is still unclear to me how people post at G+ so that their pictures do not zoom in the interface.  Here i just posted in my Picasa album, used the link to this photo to share at G+ and it zooms just fine

Mark de LA says
Lets try just a link to one of the pages instead of to the whole album.
https://picasaweb.google.com/114770537825857795301/HenFever#5686422681731264770


Mark de LA says
M 2011-12-17 15:49:33 15700
Lets try just a link to one of the pages instead of to the whole album.


I reorganized the pages & this should be the actual beginning of the Album
https://picasaweb.google.com/114770537825857795301/HenFever#5686422689389936050

Seth says
Yeah those are looking fine.

Mark de LA says
Anyway, while scanning around the Provenance for a different book Hierocles …. I found this book on page 41 as item 138 there. Nice thing is that it spells out the autograph which I could not read well: 
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Mark de LA says
AbeBooks wants to sell it for ~ $42 but the autograph & provenance should add a couple of $100 maybe more.null

Mark de LA says
The complete pictures of the book & it’s condition are listed here: https://goo.gl/yyYW7r 
The dust cover is split in half with the spine missing. I am still working on learning photoshop & T’s camera. The colors are off in the yellow spectrum. I could do them all B&W but that takes some of the charm out of it.

Seth says