Friday, June 20, 2014

Camouflaged as POTTED RAT

George Belcher cartoon, Punch (1917)
Above Cartoon by George Belcher from Punch (November 29, 1917), p. 365. The caption reads: Officer: Why were you not at roll call last evening? Defaulter: Well, Sir, with this 'ere camp camouflaged so much, I couldn't find my way out of the canteen.


Anon, CAMOUFLAGE in Brecon County Times, Neath Gazette and General Advertiser (Wales), June 22, 1918 (Supplement)—

I chanced to be in the village post office and an oldish farmer's wife came in with a parcel. When she had gone I noticed two words printed in thick letters of ink above the address.

"Good heavens!" I said, "the meat shortage isn't so bad as all this, surely?"

The postmistress laughed.

"That's Dame Brown's patent for safety," she said. "The old lady sends her soldier grandson a pot of rabbit every week. The pot got 'lost' sometimes in the journey, and she hit upon an idea for labeling the contents. Every week she calls, and always those two words are boldly printed on the wrapper, POTTED RAT. The parcel never miscarries now."


Anon in Abergavenny Chronicle (Wales), February 28, 1919—

…[So-and-so] said now the war was over it was time the English language was taken out of khaki and put in plain clothes. People were heartily sick of such words as barrage and camouflage.


Anon, CAMOUFLAGE IN THE WOOD in Brecon County Times, Neath Gazette and General Advertiser (Wales), September 7, 1918 (Supplement)—

The drafting of men for military service has brought to light some queer occupations, but surely none more out of the ordinary than that of the man who makes imitation pheasant eggs. A man before a Surrey Tribunal said his job was to make an egg which hoodwinked the sitting pheasant. The real eggs were transferred to a broody hen's keeping until near the time of hatching, and the hen pheasant kept at her job by means of the artificial "eggs." Then the real eggs were brought back to be hatched out by a mother who could look after them. These artificial "eggs," it seems, mislead the hen pheasant entirely, and cause foxes, hedgehogs and such marauders furiously to think. It seems rather like a yarn, but the Tribunal accepted it, and gave the man six months' exemption.