Cheap Laffs – The Art of the Novelty Item

Cheap Laffs - The Art of the Novelty ItemMark Newgarden

Following a short history of the creation of novelty gifts and subsequent “novelty gift wars” among various manufacturers, Newgarden displays various and sundry popular novelty gifts. Along with the old stand-bys, whoopee-cushions, joy buzzers, buck-teeth, there are also such wonder as a razor sharp device to be a ventriloquist, fake hypodermic needles and “rubber mouse looks real” – presumably. Commentary on the manufacturer, price and the target audience for the good are included “consumer in need of a rubber mouse.” The perfect book for the consumer of gag gifts. Is that an oxymoron?