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May 3, 2011 7:21 PM   Subscribe

H.L. Mencken's Stein Collection is for sale on eBay. "A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank." -- H. L. Mencken
posted by whimsicalnymph (12 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd love to hear what Mencken would say if he lived today.
posted by ovvl at 7:35 PM on May 3, 2011


I already own mencken.com. I'm good.
posted by jscalzi at 7:43 PM on May 3, 2011


I'm gonna buy menckensteins.com
posted by boo_radley at 7:50 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd love to hear what Mencken would say if he lived today.
posted by ovvl


$28,000 for some beer steins? What a baltimoron!
posted by 445supermag at 8:00 PM on May 3, 2011


Holy shit. How'd you find this, whimsicalnymph?
posted by orthogonality at 8:19 PM on May 3, 2011


On a related note, Gertrude Stein's mencken collection will also be on sale.
posted by DaddyNewt at 10:30 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


omg, did you just say Gertrude Stein's merkin collection?
posted by From Bklyn at 11:48 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does this collection of steins have some connection to H.L. Mencken? It's hard to tell from the linked eBay post. The seller should probably mention it if he wants people to know.
posted by kcds at 7:00 AM on May 4, 2011


I already own mencken.com. I'm good.

Story, please. Chrestomathic whim? Registrational impluse buy? Ambitious project on the back burner?
posted by benito.strauss at 7:13 AM on May 4, 2011


I like Mencken and I like beer, but I have no idea what 217k Hong Kong Dollars is in greenbacks. And if I am too lazy to type that into Google, I know I won't be able to work up a story good enough to convince my wife I should have these.

Also, whatcha gonna go with the domain name, Scalzi?
posted by wenestvedt at 8:53 AM on May 4, 2011


I'd love to hear what Mencken would say if he lived today.

Probably something mean about the Jews, followed by something witty, apt, and enduring. That said, I have the pleasure of overseeing another bit of Baltimoria that he found repugnant enough to quip "All Baltimoreans may be divided into two classes -- those who think that the Emerson Tower [the original monicker of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower] is beautiful, and those who know better," in 1911, when the Tower had just opened, complete with a twenty ton, fifty-one foot high replica of a Bromo Seltzer bottle clad in lights whirling away at its apex.

Mencken, that giant whirling bottle, and the august newspaper for which he wrote are sadly all lost now, but the city cultivates its ghosts. How wickedly appropriate that the celebrated defender of de facto elites would collect the selfsame garish objects found not only the curio cabinet of my blue collar grandmother's paneled rowhouse basement in East Baltimore, but in all her neighbor's paneled basements, as well, right beside the Mediterranean-style Magnavox console television sets.

Herein lies the greatness of Baltimore, or some of it, at least.
posted by sonascope at 12:44 PM on May 4, 2011


Holy shit. How'd you find this, whimsicalnymph?
posted by orthogonality at 8:19 PM on May 3 [+] [!]


I must admit that a friend of mine directed it to me while she was doing some research on Mencken for a project. I thought it was very Metaworthy, so I posted immediately.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 1:09 PM on May 4, 2011


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