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The Right of Way

Remington Autoloading Rifle and Lesters - America's Cheapest Ammunition Tin Signs

I love this pairing.

The one on the left is a reproduction of Philip Goodwin’s “The Right of Way” by the Remington Arms Company from their “famous Remington Wildlife Art Collection” and was first issued in 1907.

The one on the right isn’t.

Voila!

1935 magazine ad for Lucky Strike cigarettes
1935 magazine ad for Lucky Strike cigarettes

“Oh, we’re the boys of the chorus…”

Or perhaps…

“Throw out your hands
Stick out your tush
Hands on your hips
Give ’em a push
You’ll be surprised
You’re doing the French Mistake
Voila!”

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I CAN HAS SPARKLEE HOOMAN?

1971 magazine ad for Réplique perfume by Raphael Paris
1971 magazine ad for Réplique perfume by Raphael Paris

Pronounced RAY-PLEEK.
Réplique was introduced in 1944.
The original scent was discontinued in the late 1980s.

Via Cleopatra’s Boudoir
“The story is almost too good to be true, but it is an acknowledged fact: The main “nose” of parfumeur Worth in Grasse had just created “Requête” in 1944 when he had a violent argument with one of the directors and left them in the worst possible terms. He was immediately hired by Raphael and created “Réplique”, the reply to a “Requête” in French legalese. It was rumoured that Worth did not enjoy the joke.”

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Herrrrrrrrrrrre’s vodka!

1969 magazine ad for Smirnoff vodka with some help from Coca-Cola's Fresca and Johnny Carson
1969 magazine ad for Smirnoff vodka with some help from Coca-Cola’s Fresca and Johnny Carson

14 facts you may not know about Johnny Carson

16 things you didn’t know about Smirnoff

A Brief History of the St. Bernard Rescue Dog

Fresca Fun Facts

And Fresca is now going to be available in pre-boozed versions.

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Be smart. Be brave. Be vaccinated.

Cover illustration by Dick Sargent for The Saturday Evening Post’s March 3, 1962, issue.
Cover illustration by Dick Sargent for The Saturday Evening Post’s March 3, 1962, issue.

Raquel Not Included

1911 magazine ad for Welch's Grape Juice
1911 magazine ad for Welch’s Grape Juice

A history of the Concord grape.

A history of the Concorde.

Methodist History: Communion and Welch’s Grape Juice

The approach in the advertising copy is… interesting. “We spent a lot of money on advertising, so give us your money.”

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It’s a pinky tinky!

Burroughs Ten Key Adding Machine magazine found in the January 19, 1957 issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Burroughs Ten Key Adding Machine magazine found in the January 19, 1957 issue of The Saturday Evening Post

Pink was a surprise, but then again, maybe not. An eBay/Etsy search shows that this device was available in Sea Mist Green, Amber Gray, Alpine Blue, or Capri Coral (pink to me). Yes, long before the iMac.

Hmm… It looks like division wasn’t quite invented yet. Well, it is an adding machine after all.

For the curious:

Ten Keys and Fewer

Today seems like a good day to read a brief history of the numeric keypad!

Can’t leave out the modern age!

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America’s Hot New Success Car… There are success cars?

Ford Torino magazine ad found on the back cover of an April 6, 1968 Saturday Evening Post
Ford Torino magazine ad found on the back cover of an April 6, 1968 Saturday Evening Post

The Torino was an upscale variation of the Ford Fairlane, eventually replacing it. Sorry, Andrew Dice Clay.

The car was named after Turin, the home of a certain shroud

You might notice some shared DNA with a certain ’73 Ford Falcon used in a dusty Australian movie.

And don’t forget about The Striped Tomato.

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For all your fiberglass horses needs.

Magazine ad for Prewitt Fiberglass Horses found in the May 1963 issue of Western Horseman
Magazine ad for Prewitt Fiberglass Horses found in the May 1963 issue of Western Horseman

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than gen-u-ine fiberglass horses, it turns out Bob Prewitt of Prewitt Fiberglass Products is also the guy behind all those giant roadside mascots you might know better as Paul Bunyans or Muffler Men scattered across America. Stuckey’s will tell ya more!

These guys are living their best lives.

And of course, Roadside America is a deliciously deep and rich source of Muffler Men maps and mythology as well.

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This cover kinda makes me want to become a lepidopterist.

Cover of the March 23, 1940 Easter issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Cover of the March 23, 1940 Easter issue of The Saturday Evening Post

The cover art is by J. C. Leyendecker, just some dude who inspired Norman Rockwell. Rockwell would later be one of the pallbearers at Leyendecker’s funeral.

The fella also had one heckuva signature.
The fella also had one heckuva signature.

Do you remember the butterfly life cycle? It’s completely metamorphosis-y.

Where did the word “Easter” come from? Get your etymology on.

Lepidopterist? There’s a society for that.

J. C.’s brother, F. X., created the butterfly lady that was on an old Life magazine cover and later seen on the wall of the “Three’s Company” apartment.