2006-04-18

The Merry Band of Brownies


"A brownie, brounie/Urisk (Lowland Scots) or ùruisg/brùnaidh (Scottish Gaelic) is a legendary kind of elf popular in folklore around Scotland and England (especially the north). He is the British counterpart of the Scandinavian tomte, the Russian domovoi or the German Heinzelmännchen. Customarily they are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, brownies do not like to be seen and will only work at night, perhaps in exchange for small gifts or food."




The Brownies is also the name of "series of humorous verse cartoons about the mischievous but kind-hearted Brownies. The cartoons were published in several books, such as The Brownies, Their Book (1887). Due to the popularity of Cox's [Palmer Cox(1840-1924)] Brownies, one of the first popular handheld cameras was named after them, the Eastman Kodak Brownie camera."

Quotes from Wikipedia



Links

Brownies in Wikipedia
Palmer Cox in Wikipedia

Palmer/Brownies site

The Merry Band of Brownies (pictures)
Brownies collections (Cameras, books and dolls)
Article with pictures of Brownies items
Read "The Brownies canoeing"
Read "The Brownies: Their School"

9 comments:

Muse said...

a long time ago we ran into a small advertisment (paper 4 pgs)
that Palmer Cox made for toothpaste: was my introduction to
his Brownies. they were quite "big" for their time. Thanks for
bringing them back out of the closet, so to speak: Cheers!

P-E Fronning said...

:D They seem to have endorsed every thinkable type of merchandise.
I had never heard of them (The fact that I'm Swedish and they are Canadian/American might be why) until I googled for an image of "John Bull". One of these Brownies was called just that and I thought it looked nice and googled on for some more Brownies...

Ayman said...

i just say come with the real son!

P-E Fronning said...

bmoose: What does that mean?

Iván said...

this entry reminded me "El Coco"

what is "el Coco" Mr P-e fronnig?

P-E Fronning said...

Hmm... I don't know... is it:
http://www.everypicture.com/show_product.php?id=3313&sc=1

? ;)

You tell me!

Iván said...

sorry. It's not right page.

El coco is a concept_ it's kind of a "monster or a ghost" or something like that. Parents use to frighten their sons with such story_ if they do not behave " el coco" will come and eat them.

P-E Fronning said...

Ah, like the boogeyman, I guess... Here he's called Bosse Ringholm.

Naa, that's a joke.

Iván said...

exactly¡¡ like boogieman