Webster's Dictionary Ad
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Look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s.

A hundred years ago, this is how you googled. The lady pictured here seems to be seeking the answer to the problem of birds nesting…

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Matchbook from the Elephant Room
Posted in The Matchbooks

The elephant in the room

Used to be a place you could bring your “significant other” and discuss that thing that neither of you cares to discuss- “The elephant in…

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Posted in Flotsam

Buyer beware or Lizzy Borden?

You can find some great deals at backwoods auctions, but of course you really have to examine the goods. I can’t decide if the second…

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Fishing math comic postcard
Posted in The postcards

Fishing math!

Eddie sent this postcard back to his pals at Ideal Cleaners, maybe to gloat about being on vacation, although he hasn’t caught any fish yet….

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Wartime letter to girlfriend in Chicago
Posted in Ephemera

Disrespecting Rosie the Riveter

I came into possession of some wartime correspondence. This fellow wrote to his girlfriend in November of 1942. Stationed in California, at one point he…

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Posted in The Advertising

Go peddle your shoes somewhere else

Cole shoes was a supplier for door-to-door salesmen in the heyday of pavement-pounding. Their come-on in the opportunities magazine was that “producers” would get a…

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Posted in The Matchbooks

Vote no on what now?

This old matchbook advocates voting NO on Proposition 5. I have no idea what proposition 5 is, but being a typical American that would not…

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"Female Body Inspector" novelty card
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A blast from the past?

Here’s a blast from the past, and I don’t mean that in a good way. It’s an FBI ID… “Female Body Inspector”. It is available…

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Posted in Mildly Interesting The Advertising

Pepsi giveth, Pepsi taketh away.

I heard that Pepsi came out with a special seasonal flavor, Apple Pie Pepsi. They say it “mimics the texture and mouth-feel of apple pie.”…

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COMIC POSTCARD, vintage, milking a oow
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Grandkids from the city?

These goofy city kids think you get milk by cranking the cow’s tail. They are probably hoping to get chocolate milk from this brown cow….

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