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    Smile 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    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.
    Q1: Throw Your Voice into a trunk=? make the voice feeling like from a trunk? Does the trunk refer to 'body'?

    Q2: 2/6D=?

    Q3: & C=?

    Thanks in advance!

    PS: I have found 'throw one's voice' is an idiom.
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    Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Q1: Throw Your Voice into a trunk=? make the voice feeling like from a trunk? Does the trunk refer to 'body'? Ventriloquism - the skill of using your diaphragm to make your speech appear to be coming from another place.

    Q2: 2/6D=? Pre-decimal British coinage >> two shillings and sixpence, otherwise called a half-crown, a crown being five shillings. There were twelve pennies in each shilling, twenty shillings in each pound.

    Q3: & C=? probably "and co" [and others].

    Thanks in advance!

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    Smile Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    Thankee, Anglika.

    Q2: d= ? ( 2= two shillings, 6=sixpence)

    Q3: Is 'co' short for 'company'?
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    Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

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    Thankee, Anglika.

    Q2: d= ? ( 2= two shillings, 6=sixpence) d = denarius = penny

    Q3: Is 'co' short for 'company'? Yes.


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    Smile Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post



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    Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    When I was a schoolboy... I never had 2/6d in stamps.
    The boyhood in question obviously dates back to before 1971 - as Anglika says, this is pre-decimalization. Read more here: Decimalisation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    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.

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    PS And "&c" is an abbreviation for "et cetera" - nowadays often written "etc." (Latin = "and other things")
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    Smile Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    Hello BobK,

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello BobK,

    Thank you very much for your help.
    You're welcome

    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!

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    Smile Re: 2/6d=? (3 questions)

    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.

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