I'm so relieved to bring it back with Ladies Day at the Ionia Free Fair and am eager to resume this look at how Michigan provided 3/4 of the U.S. smuggled alcohol during Prohibition.
It's a lot of fun with music and even a bit of dancing.
Public domain folklore anthologies don't have Prohibition stories I might post here, but I do have a Japanese tale from Lafcadio Hearn on the dangers of drinking too much water!
Is Peter Pauper Press still in business?Peter Pauper's presses kept running until Edna's death in 1981; after her passing, they almost stopped for good. ... Currently, Evelyn remains Publisher of Peter Pauper Press, Nick has retired, and a third generation is very much involved.
Peter Pauper Press has been in business since 1928, although they are going through some transitions. This style of book isn't in their backlist, but it's still an interesting source of books, journals, stationery, and other items with a gift focus.
- There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, maybe none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection. I have long recommended it and continue to do so. He has loaded Stith Thompson's Motif Index into his server as a database so you can search the whole 6 volumes for whatever word or expression you like by pressing one key. http://folkmasa.org/motiv/motif.htm
- You may have noticed I'm no
longer certain Dr. Perez has the largest database, although his
offering the Motif Index certainly qualifies for those of us seeking
specific types of stories. There's another site, FairyTalez
claiming to be the largest, with "over 2000 fairy tales,
folktales, and fables" and they are "fully optimized for
phones, tablets, and PCs", free and presented without ads.
Between those two sites, there is much for story-lovers, but as they say in infomercials, "Wait, there's more!"
- Zalka Csenge Virag - http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com doesn't give the actual stories, but her recommendations, working her way through each country on a continent, give excellent ideas for finding new books and stories to love and tell.
You're going to find many of the links on these sites have gone down, BUT go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find some of these old links. Tim's site, for example, is so huge probably updating it would be a full-time job. In the case of Story-Lovers, it's great that Jackie Baldwin set it up to stay online as long as it did after she could no longer maintain it. Possibly searches maintained it. Unfortunately Storytell list member, Papa Joe is on both Tim Sheppard's site and Story-Lovers, but he no longer maintains his old Papa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show website and his Library (something you want to see!) is now only on the Wayback Machine. It took some patience working back through claims of snapshots but finally in December of 2006 it appears!