Highboy, Lowboy, Oboy!

Actually By David McCord

From Odds Without Ends, 1954.

“Come, my love, and let us stoppë
In our ancient jade jaloppë
At ye oldë moldë shoppë:
Fine Antiques – to sell or swappë.
Out you hoppë, in we poppë.”

“Lawsy, what a table toppë!”
“Lazy Susan? That’s a coppë.”
“Grant’s old razor!” “Where’s the stroppë?”
“Snuffbox . . . pewter . . . London foppë . . .”
Flip glass?” “Careful, now. Don’t droppë!”

“See that curious, curious moppë!”
“Buggy whips! – the old clip-cloppë
Days!” “A pruning knife . . . to loppë?”
“Burbank owned it.” “Will you ploppë
Down five bucks for these sweet sloppë
Jars?” “That’s much too much – de troppë!”

Curator’s Comment: Burbank is Luther Burbank, famed horticulturist and botanist and de trop  means “too much or excessive.”


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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