After learning that the French are worried about trombones on their copy machines, and after my encounter with the feared Norwegian "rumpeballe," I've decided to continue my linguistic investigations.
Take, for instance, this "carte de visite," or visiting card from the 19th century. The master of "photographie artistique" is Mr. E. Bateman, from Dunkerque. Why he has a web site will be explained in a minute.
What had me wondering was the statement at the bottom that "Les cliches son conserves" (pardon the disappearing accents).
The cliches are protected?
Ben, we'll need help again on this one, like your wisdom about tampons and trombones.
Here's a bit of context: Ed Bateman lives in Salt Lake, and this version of his "Mechanical Brides of the Universe" was hanging on the wall of Ken Sanders Rare Books when I bought it.