Sunbeams by PECK, George Wilbur

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Synopsis

George W. Peck was at times a writer, newspaper publisher and politician. Many of the Sunbeam essays had been published in Pecks paper, The Sun, as amusing and often critical comments on social and political subjects, typically current in the beginning of the 1900s. Topics are often small town United States, and Pecks gentle sarcasm or portrayals much resembles that of Twain. Listeners must be aware that the Spanish American War was a recent event, leading to the Yankee involvement in the Philippines. Admiral Dewey, who figures in several of the writings, had the Olympia as his flagship. The Dwight, mentioned in A Bear with a Jag, may have been Charles Dwight Sigsbee, Captain of the Maine in 1898. At this time the British Empire was in conflict with the Boers under Kruger, all topics of or mentioned in the early essays. In the slang of that time a drummer was a traveling salesman, while a trust was a financial combine with monopolistic powers. The essay title term bimeatallic likely is a take-off on the bimetallic question, which referred to arguments over having gold and silver both as legal tender. Peck suggested, tongue in cheek, that there could be a standard under which horsemeat should be disclosed as an ingredient of sausage. Indeed, many of the essays deal with questionable ingredients for foods, and were probably of high relevance to consumers who were without the regulatory protections and labelling requirements of today. In the same vein, the embalmed beef served as rations to U.S. soldiers became notorious. (Summary by Arnold Banner)

Episodes

  • 20 - The Terrible Root Beer Jag Queer Case in New York

    20 - The Terrible Root Beer Jag; Queer Case in New York

    15/09/2016 Duration: 18min
  • 19 - How the Fireman Fell Over the Cow Learning an Easy Trade A Bear with a Jag

    19 - How the Fireman Fell Over the Cow; Learning an Easy Trade; A Bear with a Jag

    15/09/2016 Duration: 17min
  • 18 - Surgical Operations in Public Terrible Encounter Single Handed against a Biscuit

    18 - Surgical Operations in Public; Terrible Encounter Single Handed against a Biscuit

    15/09/2016 Duration: 14min
  • 17 - The Clerk Who gets Drunk The Old Kicker Kicks The Vacation Season

    17 - The Clerk Who gets Drunk; The Old Kicker Kicks; The Vacation Season

    15/09/2016 Duration: 16min
  • 16 - Wants to be a Hero Another Deer Murder Case Should Woman be Eaten?

    16 - Wants to be a Hero; Another Deer Murder Case; Should Woman be Eaten?

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min
  • 15 - Free Postal Delivery to Farmers The Barefooted Farmer Boy The Drummer and the Farmer

    15 - Free Postal Delivery to Farmers; The Barefooted Farmer Boy; The Drummer and the Farmer

    15/09/2016 Duration: 19min
  • 14 - The Chaplain and the Bull Abolishing the School Recess The Turkish Bath at Home

    14 - The Chaplain and the Bull; Abolishing the School Recess; The Turkish Bath at Home

    15/09/2016 Duration: 16min
  • 13 - The Sultan Drowns Wives How Uncle Charley Made an Apple Pie

    13 - The Sultan Drowns Wives; How Uncle Charley Made an Apple Pie

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min
  • 12 - Elephant Hunting in Wisconsin The Outing and the Mosquito Why They did not Enlist

    12 - Elephant Hunting in Wisconsin; The Outing and the Mosquito; Why They did not Enlist

    15/09/2016 Duration: 18min
  • 11 - The Horseless Carriage Burning a Tar Barrel Salt Water Baths for Hives

    11 - The Horseless Carriage; Burning a Tar Barrel; Salt Water Baths for Hives

    15/09/2016 Duration: 16min
  • 10 - Guest on a Coal Carrier Calling an Audience with a Fire Alarm American Jew Baiter Dead

    10 - Guest on a Coal Carrier; Calling an Audience with a Fire Alarm; American Jew Baiter Dead

    15/09/2016 Duration: 18min
  • 09 - The Hen in Politics Dreyfus and Embalmed Beef The Deadly Pistol Pocket

    09 - The Hen in Politics; Dreyfus and Embalmed Beef; The Deadly Pistol Pocket

    15/09/2016 Duration: 19min
  • 08 - The Goat Meat Habit New War Explosives The Man Who Asked Questions

    08 - The Goat Meat Habit; New War Explosives; The Man Who Asked Questions

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min
  • 07 - Spare the Child and Spoil the Rod Hair Cut Curly The Countrys Bride and Groom

    07 - Spare the Child and Spoil the Rod; Hair Cut Curly; The Country's Bride and Groom

    15/09/2016 Duration: 17min
  • 06 - Clock Watcher and Whistle Jumper The Woman Behind the Gun An Experimental Turkish Bath

    06 - Clock Watcher and Whistle Jumper; The Woman Behind the Gun; An Experimental Turkish Bath

    15/09/2016 Duration: 13min
  • 05 - Red-headed Boy Angel Interrupted Wedding Trip

    05 - Red-headed Boy Angel; Interrupted Wedding Trip

    15/09/2016 Duration: 19min
  • 04 - Unusual Hunting Experience The Woman and the Cocktail The Dakota District Attorney Bi-Meatallic Sausage

    04 - Unusual Hunting Experience; The Woman and the Cocktail; The Dakota District Attorney; Bi-Meatallic Sausage

    15/09/2016 Duration: 14min
  • 03 - When Dad was Scared The Yellow Shoe Period

    03 - When Dad was Scared; The Yellow Shoe Period

    15/09/2016 Duration: 16min
  • 02 - Admiral, is My Hat on Straight? Gave the Prisoner Rope The Trust and the Drummer

    02 - "Admiral, is My Hat on Straight?"; Gave the Prisoner Rope; The Trust and the Drummer

    15/09/2016 Duration: 13min
  • 01 - The Dude and His Pajamas The Boers and the Filipinos The Soldier and the Branding Iron

    01 - The Dude and His Pajamas; The Boers and the Filipinos; The Soldier and the Branding Iron

    15/09/2016 Duration: 16min