Q1: Throw Your Voice into a trunk=? make the voice feeling like from a trunk? Does the trunk refer to 'body'?When I was a schoolboy, I entertained three impossible dreams. 1. To throw my voice. 2. To possess a death ray. 3. To render myself invisible.
In fact only one of these three goals was truly unattainable. For two and sixpence in stamps, I could have responded to a magic shop small ad ('Boys! Throw Your Voice into a trunk! Lots of fun fooling teacher, policemen & c') to receive an instruction leaflet and a metal device like Mr Punch's gizmo. But I never had 2/6d in stamps.
Q3: & C=?
Thanks in advance!
PS: I have found 'throw one's voice' is an idiom.
Last edited by thedaffodils; 17-Aug-2008 at 01:23. Reason: removing icon of eye-rolling
Q2: d= ? ( 2= two shillings, 6=sixpence)
Q3: Is 'co' short for 'company'?
Last edited by thedaffodils; 17-Aug-2008 at 01:21. Reason: removing icon of eye-rolling
Afterthought - and the trunk in the advert suggests that the ad was aimed at schoolboys at boarding schools (whose possessions were ferried to and from school in a trunk) - I don't think the boys addressed would have been likely to know trunks in any other context.
PS And "&c" is an abbreviation for "et cetera" - nowadays often written "etc." (Latin = "and other things")
Last edited by BobK; 16-Aug-2008 at 22:29. Reason: PS Added
Thank you very much for your help.
Incidentally, I didn't realize I was correcting Anglika without considering her (and your) "company" idea. But in the context I think "et cetera" is more likely. Putting a space between the "&" and the "c" suggests it's really quite an old text, and it hides the "etc" reading.
Sorry, Anglika, if you thought I was throwing my weight around!
I take the liberty to say that Anglika always has magnanimity in listening to different opinions.
Bobk, thank you for sharing your interpretation about it with us.