Ripple shoe ad
Posted in Back in My Day The Advertising

Wait until the other shoe drops

These “Ripple” shoes probably were fun and different to wear, and maybe changed a person’s gait in a positive way. Years later, say 1970 something,…

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Little girl wants a horse (Postwar magazine feature)
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Take your medicine, Gladys. I don’t see any horses.

Folks were flush with postwar cash in 1946, and they were asked what they would like to splurge on. This little girl wants a horse…

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Alternative to WAZE

Since cellphones with the WAZE app installed did not yet exist in 1906, motorists of the day resorted to using confetti flung across the roadway…

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War is over, let’s go nuts

It’s 1946, the war is over, and Look magazine asks people what they want. to buy. Because apparently everyone has piles of cash now. They…

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Posted in Observations The Advertising

Missed opportunity

Consider the case of C. B. Moore, Optometrist. WHY did he not take the GOLDEN opportunity to hang out his shingle as C MOORE OPTOMETRIST…

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Bricklayer injury story
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The Bricklayer’s Excuse- True story?

Fans of novelty music have all heard “The Bricklayer’s Song”, I have always thought of it as mere clever lyrics, so imagine my surprise when…

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Don’t let a broken leg slow you down!

P.W. Berge of Reno, Nevada, was not a man to let a broken leg slow him down- he just took the door off of his…

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