He just remembered he was supposed to be playing poker with the boys.

1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.
1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.

Trivia: A skilled male cigar roller is called a torcedor.

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“Don’t cough, Junior. My cigar’s smoke makes your stupid toy train more authentic.”

1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.
1956 ad from the Cigar Institute of America, Inc.

Trivia: “Close, but no cigar.” Its origin comes from being screwed over by a carnie. As for “Give that man a cigar,” same place but with a happy ending.

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What? No.

Section from a larger print ad for Crisco, circa 1927
Section from a larger print ad for Crisco, circa 1927.

Wife: “Honey? Do we have any blindfolds?”

Hubs: “I don’t think so, except for the special one. Will that work?”

Wife: “Yes. Would you be a dear and fetch it for me?”

Hubs: [from bedroom] “What about the handcuffs?”

Wife: “Maybe later.”

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You don’t meet many girls named Lucretia these days.

Bottom portion from a larger ad for Lucretia Vanderbilt, circa 1929.
Bottom portion from a larger ad for Lucretia Vanderbilt, circa 1929.

Strange story, this Lucretia Vanderbilt.

It’s got everything!

Astrology!
Italian cheeses!
Alter egos!
Guitars!
Human hair fraud!
Bootleg liquor!
Pre-arrest suicide!
Belgian war heroes!
And butterflies!

Stefon would be jealous.

Check out the history of Lucretia Vanderbilt here, along with its rather wonderful first paragraph that sets the tone beautifully.

In Alan Jenkins’ very readable ‘The Twenties’, his second chapter is titled ‘Let’s Do It!’. “Do what?” he asked, well… “Practically anything you can get away with. Dance. Make love. Sing. Laugh. Make money. Lose money. Drink. Fly. Smash something.”, he wrote.

Bulking Up

I received a 1000 or so sheets of separated large-format magazine ads from the Roaring Twenties this weekend. I’m guessing somebody took a stab at being a harvester but abandoned it after not immediately becoming a millionaire at it. Got ‘em cheap. Flipping through them, I’m seeing that it was a very bad decade to have freckles. And I just now realized we are living in the Twenties and that feels very weird.

A little side note: I am not a harvester, but I have taken advantage of opportunities like this one. I also have several boxes of harvested ads from a local, short-lived antique shop that bought the inventory of a Fargo antique shop and moved it all to Bismarck. I also have a box of clippings I picked up for a song at another closing shop where the owner abandoned an overambitious scrapbooking project. I like my magazines intact, or at least, as intact as possible because of their age and individual journeys.

And on the rare occasion, I will pick up an individual ad if I can’t track down its magazine source, its magazine is too $$$$, or it’s just too spiffy for me to let it slip through my fingers.

Are green grapes atop a chocolate cheesecake still a thing? Was it ever a thing?

From a small "The Dessert Collector" binder of recipe cards from Hershey Foods Corporation, 1976
From a small “The Dessert Collector” binder of recipe cards from Hershey Foods Corporation, 1976

WHAT IS GOING ON!?

Is it a forgotten taste sensation?

Is it a practical joke?

I do not know.

I got a fever!

Pacman (Pac-Man) for the Atari 2600 ad from DC’s Detective Comics #518 (September 1982)
Pacman (Pac-Man) for the Atari 2600 ad from DC’s Detective Comics #518 (September 1982)

Fun facts: Even though it totally sucked compared to the arcade version, over seven million Atari 2600 cartridges of Pac-Man were sold.

It was a 4KB ROM cartridge.

The highest possible score for the arcade version of Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points.

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The Snow Job

Ad for Thin Gillettes (I forgot to mark the date.)
Ad for Thin Gillettes (I forgot to mark the date.)

The railroad version of a rotary plow is pretty badass. Imagine shaving with that puppy.
See one in action on Donner Pass.
Yep, that Donner.

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Stayin’ alive. Stayin’ alive. Well, more like tryin’ to stay alive and failin’, but that’s harder to sing.

American Modeler magazine - July 1958
American Modeler magazine – July 1958
Model Airplane News - 1961 Annual
Model Airplane News – 1961 Annual

What is that strange toy? It can’t possibly be based on a real plane, can it?

Yes. Yes it can. The “small, tubby airplane” is the Gee Bee! Also described as “A Cute But Dangerous Airplane” and the “Fastest and Most Dangerous Airplane in the World“.

Want one? As of May 2019, you can for the low, low price of only $899,000!

The Corsican’s Camera

Ad for the Olympus 35EC

The Olympus 35EC was introduced in 1969.

Napoléon Bonaparte was introduced in 1769.

And then there’s the small matter of Napoleon’s penis, currently residing in New Jersey.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” — Napoleon

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