Vintage illustration of a turtle made from a raisin.

The Raisin Tortoise

This noble animal is constructed as follows: A muscatel raisin forms the body, and small portions of the stalk of the same fruit the head and legs. With a little judgment in the selection of the pieces of stalk and the mode in which they are thrust into the body, it is surprising what a lifelike tortoise may be thus produced.

A pig made out of a lemon.

The Lemon Pig

The body of the pig consists of a lemon. The shape of this fruit renders it particularly well adapted for this purpose, the crease or shoulder at the small end of the lemon being just the right shape to form the head and neck of the pig. With three or four lemons to choose from, you cannot fail to find at least one which will answer the purpose exactly. The mouth and ears are made by cutting the rind with a penknife, the legs of short ends of lucifer matches, and the eyes either of black pins, thrust in up to the head, or of grape-stones. The effect is shown in our illustration.

A seasick Trans-Atlantic passenger

The Trans-Atlantic Passenger

The requirements for this touching picture are an orange, a pocket-handkerchief or soft table-napkin, and a wineglass. The orange is first prepared by cutting in the rind with a penknife the best ears, nose, and mouth which the skill of the artist can compass, a couple of raisin-pips supplying the place of eyes. A pocket-handkerchief is streatched lightly over the glass, and the prepared orange laid thereon, as in the annexed illustration.

The pocket-handkerchief is then moved gently backwards and forwards over the top of the glass, imparting to the orange a rolling motion, and affording a laughable but striking caricature of the agonies of a sea-sick passenger.

We have seen the performance terminated by draping the pocket-handkerchief hood-fashion over the supposed head, and squeezing the orange into the glass. This last scene, however, is disagreeably realistic, and we venture to think is much better omitted.

The People’s Home Journal, December, 1898

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