A nice little surprise from the agitator of men

A bit of correspondence from Enzo Ferrari
A bit of correspondence from Enzo Ferrari

A month or so back, I bought several old issues of La Domenica del Corriere, a weekly with cool front and back cover illustrations, on eBay from a guy in Italy who seemed to specialize in racing/auto stuff. Well, they finally arrived rolled up in a poster tube, and when I took them out, I found this nice little surprise sticking out between some of the pages — a card of typed correspondence from Enzo Ferrari signed in his signature* purple ink. Groovy.

*I just saw what I did there.

The life of Enzo Ferrari in the UK’s GQ

A nice bit on Enzo Ferrari’s choice of purple ink.

These Suds Ain’t Duds

Midcentury-ish boxes of soap of the following brands: Oxydol, Ivory Snow, Nola, Vel and Duz
Midcentury-ish boxes of soap of the following brands: Oxydol, Ivory Snow, Nola, Vel and Duz

This last Saturday was laundry day at the North Star Auction in Mandan, North Dakota.

Also, back in the day, laundry soap and dish soap were often the same soap.

Check out the sweet package art.

The Art of Cooking

A copy of this was in a box of books I was outbid on several Saturdays ago at auction, but I found an affordable and good one (w/o dust jacket) online. Seller packaged it in 5 layers, which was nice.

Esquire Cook-Book, 1955, illustrated by Charmatz.

Nicely done, Esquire.

Bill Charmatz obit.

Obnoxious Advertising

Obnoxious Advertising — Published Under Direction of Thomas Hall Secretary of State — 1917
Obnoxious Advertising — Published Under Direction of Thomas Hall Secretary of State — 1917

Thank you, Ann and Bismarck Antique Mall, for thinking of me when you found this gem.

Johnny Gasparini would’ve gotten his two dollars on one of these.

Found in an October 1968 issue of Outdoor Life
Found in an October 1968 issue of Outdoor Life

Snow Bikes have been around in one form or another for 100 years or so.

The conversion kits cost a little bit more these days.

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Just Before Taps

The tent in the postcard photo might be a WWI-era American Expeditionary Force Pyramidal Tent, if you happen to be interested.

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We used to soften our fabrics, by the fire at Camp Waconda.

A vintage bottle of Sta-Puf Fabric Softener Rinse
A vintage bottle of Sta-Puf Fabric Softener Rinse

If you drink decaffeinated, you might be a…

A vintage can of Kaffee Hag Coffee
A vintage can of Kaffee Hag Coffee

Sit on it.

Magazine ad for Hart Schaffner & Marx found in a December 5, 1960 issue of Sports Illustrated

Magazine ad for Hart Schaffner & Marx found in a December 5, 1960 issue of Sports Illustrated

Great art direction for this menswear ad, oozing style and confidence, but now I want to find out more about the cool chair the suited dude is sitting in. Somebody thought it could be a Lucite chair but I’m not sure. Anyone know?

You can’t go wrong with veggie shapes and a creepy baby.

1948 magazine ad for Heide Jujyfruits
1948 magazine ad for Heide Jujyfruits

The Jujyfruits shapes are asparagus, tomato, grape, banana, pineapple, raspberry and pea pod.

You absolutely must be curious about the etymology of jujube.

Heide Candy Company was founded in 1869.
Heide was sold to Hershey Foods Corporation in 1995.
Hershey sold Heide to Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company in 2002.
Farley’s & Sathers merged with Ferrara Pan Can Candy Company in 2012, becoming the Ferrara Candy Company.

What’s a pastille? It’s for when you don’t want to say “lozenge”.

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