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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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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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Big, Juicy Chunks

1979 comic book ad for Blammo Soft’n SugarFree bubble gum
1979 comic book ad for Blammo Soft’n SugarFree bubble gum

How Whammo became Blammo and other bits about the Amurol company.

Would you like a moose to tech you more about bubble gum? Of course you would!

The first bubble gum (1906) was named Blibber-Blubber. This and more gum history here.

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“Show me your bubbies!”

1944 magazine ad for Seagram’s V.O. Canadian Whisky
1944 magazine ad for Seagram’s V.O. Canadian Whisky

Bubbies?

A Britannica history of the videophone.

AT&T gave it a go in 1992 with the VideoPhone 2500 — Just $1,499 or $30/day!

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Is that her foot or is there a body under the couch?

Magazine ad for Lucky Strikes found on the back cover of a 1934 issue of Country LIfe.
Magazine ad for Lucky Strikes found on the back cover of a 1934 issue of Country LIfe.

The donkey cigarette holders I’ve seen aren’t quite as classy as hers.

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He sees you when you’re smoking…

“Wait… That’s not what we meant…”

What’s the first thing I thought of when I saw this ad?
“Hey, smoke up, Johnny!”

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The Imperial March starts playing…

Hiram Walker, “benevolent despot“, was into millin’ and distillin’.

What’s the difference between whiskey and whisky? Besides the “e”, that is.

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