03 May

Quiz show

Henry Wolf Collection Box 1 Folder 61. Photographs by Henry Wolf, undated.

In the grand tradition of magazine quizzes comes “The Whatchamacallit Game” from Esquire. It hardly seems fair to use the Internet here (though I can’t blame you if you do; the answer key is tragically missing). When this quiz was published (year unknown, maybe early 70s?) all you’d have had at your disposal was the most culturally savvy, good-life loving guy/gal in the office; the article recommends inviting the neighbors over for a drink, which would work fine, too. The photographs are by Henry Wolf, though I’m sure this appeared in the magazine after his tenure as Art Director. I suspect Wolf would’ve been a particularly excellent partner in this game. Those silver dragées are particularly luxe (there, I gave you one).

Henry Wolf Collection Box 1 Folder 61. Photographs by Henry Wolf, undated.

  1. The metal dojiggy on a lamp that sticks up around the bulb and holds the shade.
  2. The party favor that makes a pop when you pull on paper strip.
  3. The part of a desk covering the back of the kneehole that you can touch with your feet if you stick them out straight.
  4. The plastic bobble on the end of a venetian-blind cord.
  5. The gardening hand tool with small claws extending from the handle.
  6. The part of eyeglasses that hooks around your ears.
  7. The paper decorations you put over the end of lamb chops or crown roasts to fancy them up.
  8. The typewriter mark that looks like this: /.
  9. The hollow lump in the bottom of a wine bottle.
  10. The thingumajig on top of a taxicab.
  11. The connect/disconnect buttons of a telephone.
  12. The big sparkly rotating globe in a ballroom.
  13. The tip at the end of your shoelaces, now usually plastic.
  14. What the baker uses to sprinkle powdered sugar on your doughnuts.

Henry Wolf Collection Box 1 Folder 61. Photographs by Henry Wolf, undated.

  1. The metal arrangement you have to take off to get to the champagne cork.
  2. The business end of a cuff link that you put through the buttonhole and fasten.
  3. The penny candy that comes pasted on a paper strip.
  4. Children’s balloons in the shape of figures with attachable cardboard feet.
  5. The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets.
  6. The large cactus with upright branches you always see in Westerns.
  7. The thin flat pullout thing that’s right above the drawers of an office desk.
  8. The little wooden pail-like affair with one stave extending up for a handle that comes with butter packed inside, or sometimes sugar, in tony restaurants.
  9. The wooden gymnasium wall exercise equipment with upright and horizontal rungs about every five inches.
  10. The part of your nose above your lip that separates the nostrils.
  11. The small rubber typewriter rollers on the bar above the main roller.
  12. A band worn around the upper arm like the one with a swastika on it that Hitler wore.
  13. The thing that sticks up in the air across the rear of a stove behind the burners.
  14. The curly part of a corkscrew.
  15. The horizontal mark used to show a long vowel.
  16. The long cloak with a hood like Little Red Riding Hood wore and members of the Process Church still do wear.
  17. The emblem of a publisher that he puts on his books.
  18. The wide end of your tie that shows after you tie it.
  19. The division in the middle of this magazine spread.
  20. The fringed leather decoration on some shoes that covers the laces.
  21. The round braid trimming on the border of pajamas and bathrobes.
  22. The little silvery sugar balls a baker uses to decorate a birthday cake.
  23. A teeny saucepan for melting butter.
  24. The tallow-drippings catcher on a candlestick.
  25. The large ball that makes furniture roll.
  26. The grocer’s contraption to get down high packages.
  27. The cleft in the middle of your upper lip.
  28. The party favor that unrolls when you puff on it.
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03 May 2012
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