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Alas, I was born too late.

1967 magazine ad for General Mills Bugles, Daisy•s and Whistles... and Canada Dry Ginger Ale sorta.
1967 magazine ad for General Mills Bugles, Daisy•s and Whistles… and Canada Dry Ginger Ale sorta.

Bugles are still around, but I totally missed out their snack siblings — “Whistles – a cheddar-flavored corn product in the shape of a whistle and taste like grilled cheese on toast, only crunchy; and Daisy*s – a flower-shaped snack that had the flavor of puffed popovers.”

Dang it

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Death of a traveling salesman

Magazine ad for Hertz found in the October 9, 1967, issue of Newsweek
Magazine ad for Hertz found in the October 9, 1967, issue of Newsweek

Avis might’ve reached advertising legend status with its “When you’re only No.2, you try harder. Or else.” ad and eventual “We try harder.” tagline, but I gotta tell ya, this 1967 Hertz ad is its own kind of awesome. I never knew it existed before picking up a short stack of old Newsweek magazines at a local flea market this weekend. And the word count in this single print ad? 385.

Avis v. Hertz – a history. 

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Beep beep! It’s a ‘Jeep’.

Print ad for the WIllys-Overland 'Jeep' Station Wagon found in the January, 1947 issue of Holiday magazine.
Print ad for the WIllys-Overland ‘Jeep’ Station Wagon found in the January, 1947 issue of Holiday magazine.

The 1946 Willys Jeep station wagon was the first 2-door station wagon.

This was just seven years after the first Jeep prototype (“Quad”) was delivered to the US Army. It was designed in just 75 days.

The History of the Station Wagon

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Are you into Amelia memorabilia? 

Print ad for Amelia Earhard Luggage from the January 1947 issue of Holiday magazine.

Print ad for Amelia Earhard Luggage from the January 1947 issue of Holiday magazine.

According to online calculators, $600 in 1947 would be $7,781 today (2022).

Five Things You May Not Know About Amelia Earhart, including her own clothing and luggage lines.

15 Fascinating Facts About Amelia Earhart

Let’s learn about crocodile and alligator leather!

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That’s hot.

Print ad for Coty Paris found in the December 1946 issue of Art News magazine.
Print ad for Coty Paris found in the December 1946 issue of Art News magazine.

Introduced in 1923 by François Coty.

The history of Coty.

What the heck is dusting powder?

Of curious note is that they show the range of prices from high to low instead of low to high like many of us these days are more used to. Perhaps to help seal the deal it was high-end stuff.

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Say goodbye to girdles!

Circa 1949 magazine ad for Blue Swan Suspants
Circa 1949 magazine ad for Blue Swan Suspants

The answer to a maiden’s prayer.

Wanna see the Blue Swan Mills factory? Just scroll at bit at the link.

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Don’t hate the player piano; hate the game.

Magazine ad for The Aeolian Company’s Pianola found in the September 1904 issue of The Review of Reviews
Magazine ad for The Aeolian Company’s Pianola found in the September 1904 issue of The Review of Reviews

Alas, my summer home is also my fall, winter and spring home. 

Aeolian is defined as “relating to or arising from the action of the wind”. If only I had known this word as a child.

The Aeolian Company was once the world’s largest piano supplier, later going out of business in 1985.

A brief history of the pianola, or player piano.

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Did the Swedish Nightingale sing like the Swedish Chef? We’ll never know.

Victor / Victrola magazine ad found in the February 1916 issue of Country Life in America
Victor / Victrola magazine ad found in the February 1916 issue of Country Life in America

The True Story of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind

The hidden history behind Nipper, one of the most famous dogs in the world

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Fee-fi-fo-fum bear meat’s always yummy-yum!

1953 ad for Sugar Crisp cereal found in a Dell Roy Rogers comic book
1953 ad for Sugar Crisp cereal found in a Dell Roy Rogers comic book

Dandy, Handy and Candy were later replaced by Sugar Bear.

Sugar Crisp is now known as Golden Crisp, because that’s much healthier.

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You can really taste the mole asses.

Instant Postum magazine ad found on the back cover of the October 1920 issue of Delineator.
Instant Postum magazine ad found on the back cover of the October 1920 issue of Delineator.

Three ingredients: roasted wheat bran, wheat and molasses.

Postum was developed by C. W. Post, the Grape-Nuts guy. 

It’s baaaack! 

Owl fun facts!

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