Month: December 2020

Old Buick with too much in the trunk
Posted in Back in My Day The Advertising

Junk in the trunk

Look at the way this Buick is riding! What does she have in her trunk? I know there’s a full size spare back there, and…

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HO train coming out of a tunnel
Posted in The Trains

Night train?

I was looking at the sad progress on our train layout here. Eventually the mountains on the back third of the layout will tower over…

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Posted in The Matchbooks

Draw a paycheck

My dad was like that. Anytime he was involved in something creative or contemplative, he smoked his pipe, or at least had it handy. The…

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Post-coital discussion about birth control
Posted in Love and War files The postcards

He’s French Toast

The gist of it is, “I thought you were on the pill?” “No, but it’s you who will take it” and then “And to think…

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Posted in Back in My Day Flotsam

Stinky cops and robbers, cap guns make a nice gunpowder stink.

I don’t recall having a cap gun when I was a kid. But when I could get these 20 grain caps, I put them on…

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Excerpt from WWII editorial cartoon
Posted in Observations

Squirrel Hollow or bust, that guy is a nut.

Actually the guy in the fake Uncle Sam get-up works for a competing railroad, and either way, this train is going to roll with at…

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Wireless Dymo label printer does not have to be.
Posted in Observations

Wireless? I think not.

When you send a lot of letter-size envelopes as we do, a label printer is essential. I got this Dymo Labelwriter which is supposed to…

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Matchbook picture of unkempt Santa Claus
Posted in The Matchbooks

A red and green bandwagon to jump on

Here’s another Santa matchbook, this one from the nice people at Du-par’s, whoever they are. You have to admit, back when most people smoked, matches…

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Old Paragon Hat shop White Beaver ad
Posted in The Advertising

The age of hats

Up until about 60 years ago, men wore hats, and usually, suits. Women wore dresses, mostly. Even at the Piggly-Wiggly. It’s kind of sad what…

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Log for toothpicks
Posted in The postcards

Toothpicks 2020

Bob and Larry were what we now call “supply chain specialists” for a major toothpick manufacturer in 1961. This may seem like an error in…

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