Category: Back in My Day

That Oldsmobile feeling… Click!

I have several different dealership matchbooks, which I can’t figure. Who smokes in a brand new car? But I digress. When I was a kid, we had a ’66 Dynamic 88. It had spring-loaded ashtrays in the back seat armrests (later footrests, but that’s not important right now) –...

My card, it’s sanitary

I took a page from my dad’s uncle’s book, and had cards printed up when I retired a few years ago. First the one with the hammock (A). I have a few left but I discovered that they put me in a bad light, people expect you to do...

Bicentennial Migraine

As we celebrated the 200th year of this great nation, advertising salesmen were out in force, and these “Happy Birthday America” matchbooks are the result. Mainly used as advertising within for banks, it appears they made at least 3 dozen designs in the set. I only have about 6...

Shape up or ship out!

I am all too familiar with the gnarly senior NCO giving a person what-for. One time, early in electronics school on base, I was just out of the boot camp side. There was to be an inspection this fine Navy day, but I had yet to get a plastic...

Boeing Stress Relief

I’m retired now, but when I was working they gave me one of those adult coloring books… You know the kind, you need colored markers because Crayolas are too fat. Seems to me that these should have been distributed to the executive team at some point. Or at least,...

On the phone again

My sister Cheryl was always on the phone, good thing we weren’t on a party line anymore. Not sure who took this picture, but it looked like someone cracked wise and made her blush. That Jetsons wallpaper looked much better in living color....

Sell Christmas cards, win a shotgun

When I was a kid, I earned money by selling Christmas cards, and in the spring, seed packets- I got my inventory from outfits like “Junior Sales Club” who advertised in comic books- this example is from a 1967 issue of Sad Sack*. As you see, if you sold...

OH MY STARS!!

Does anyone remember these horoscope matches? What do you call that particular style of art? You could get them at Valu-Mart, Piggly-Wiggly, anywhere fine household matches were sold. I remember seeing them around at about the time Donovan inadvertently got some gullible hippie wunnabees into smoking banana peels. Well,...

Honda Keyfob cost more than a Chrysler

So glad I found my lost keys to my 2014 Honda Civic. It would have cost $100 or more to get this taken care of and programmed or whatever. When I was young and broke I bought a 66 New Yorker for $50. It was beautiful inside but had...

The Shit Be Gone opportunity

I was going through my passwords, went to ShitBeGone.com and found that it’s dormant, and Jed is receptive to licensing this brand. We used to buy cases of Shit-Be-Gone TP and it sold quickly for a good markup. I would like to make arrangement to sell just the wrappers...