I beloved getting the Johnson Smith Catalog within the mail as a child. I might pore over each web page of positive print and tiny line drawings to search out patches, smoking monkeys, magic methods, sensible jokes, puzzles, and educational booklets. The catalogs have been over 100 pages lengthy and I might spend days going by each. Steve Banes has a 1937 Johnson Smith Catalogue of “Shocking Novelties, Puzzles, Tips, Joke Items, Helpful Artifacts, And so forth…” and it’s an astounding 575 pages lengthy.
Banes stated he’s going to publish gadgets from it all through 2021. He bought began with a bunch of things, a few of which I’ve included beneath.