Here at the Firstdogonthemoon Institue we have been inundated with three offers to write guest posts for our blog. Here in no particular order is the first one, from long time listener, first time caller Alice Cannon.

Glorious glue!

When I learned that Mr OnTheMoon was too lazy to write his own blog posts I rejoiced. Why? Because this meant that at last I had an opportunity to use his enormous popularity to indoctrinate the masses about the fascinating world of glues, pastes & mucilages. Specifically, those used on paper between 1870 and 1920, a topic I completed a Master’s thesis on last year. I know, amazing, right?!

You wouldn’t believe how popular I have become at parties since then. If you would like me to be a special guest speaker at your corporate event, just drop my people a line. Mention First Dog and get a 10% discount on speaker’s fees!

I won’t try and impress you too much at first because your heads would explode at the sheer amazingness of it all and that could get verymessy. So instead I’ll just show you some cool old advertising postcards, specifically ones that include animals because I thought it would be in keeping with this blog.

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Look what fun these cats are having with Le Page's glue (made from ex-fish). Those naughty kittens!

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If you look very carefully you can see an Octopus in this label. Yes, "Gloy" is cheaper, cleaner and grips like an Octopus! And octopus (octopi?) are cool! Ergo, so is Gloy! (NB Probably made from dextrin mixed with magnesium chloride).

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What a cute pooch! He likes Triumph Adhesive & Liquid Glue, which was mysteriously manufactured by the Mystic Manufacturing Co, of Milk Street in Massachusetts. You couldn't make this stuff up!!

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More pooches! Look, Norman's Indian mucilage is so sticky and clear that not even two strong bulldogs can pull apart a pasted specimen! Wow.

Incidentally, for all of you who were thinking “mucilage – WTF?”, the word probably derives from the Latin ‘mucere’ (be musty or moldy) or from ‘mucus’ (being like mucus). The latter confirms my suspicion that people have used the term ‘mucilage’ to describe substances that resemble snot and not for any more scientific reason. The word seems to have first been used to describe an adhesive substance in the nineteenth century. Now I shall end this triumphant blog posting with a joke, which you will all find hysterical now that you have become learned in the ways of glue.

Q: In what age was glue invented?

A: In the mucilage!

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