Cheap laffs: the art of the novelty item

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H.N. Abrams, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles - 126 pages
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Sharply designed, jam-packed with illustrations, and written with a touch of irony, this book celebrates such novelty items as joy buzzers, the whoopee cushion, and fake worms.

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Review: Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item

User Review  - Elaine Meszaros - Goodreads

Following a short history of the creation of novelty gifts and subsequent "novelty gift wars" among various manufacturers, Newgarden displays various and sundry popular novelty gifts. Along with the ... Read full review

Review: Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item

User Review  - Stewart Tame - Goodreads

Fun book! Gives a brief history of novelty items in the US followed with photos, presumably items from Newgarden's collection. A fascinating read and the written descriptions accompanying each photo are often hilarious. Read full review


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Mark Newgarden is an acclaimed cartoonist and creator of the book We All Die Alone, the co-author (with Paul Karasik) of How to Read Nancy, and the co-author (along with his partner, Megan Montague Cash) of Houghton Mifflin's bestselling Bow Wow series of children's books. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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