The crash was coming, but for awhile everyone could dream of driving a Studebaker in 1929.

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SOURCE: May 1929 Cosmopolitan

The signature of the illustrator of this piece is OTIS. I have not found anything online showing this signature.


It's THANKSGIVING. Remember...

be cordial. You only have to see these people once a year. Give them the bird and then leave.

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Card manufactured by M.W. Taggart, N.Y., 1908.



Wondering how you're going to deal with the relatives on Thanksgiving? Have nothing to say to them that doesn't begin with "You know what ticks me off about you...?"

Well, worry no more. I'm making it easy for you. Here are some jokes from 1937 courtesy of the Studebaker Wheels magazine. Thigh slappers every single one of them!

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Go in to buy a car and just when you think the price is set they start in with the nickel and dime stuff.
“Do you want carpeting? How many speakers do you want? Undercoating? We recommend undercoating. We can’t be held responsible if you don’t get the undercoating."
What if they offered you luggage? Custom-built luggage for your Studebaker. Would you buy it? Made to fit. And yeah, if you don’t buy it you don’t get the blond dame in the passenger seat. She's an extra.

It’s up to you big spender.

SOURCE: The Studebaker Wheel, July 1937



I've been doing a series of posts at my vernacular photography site about men and their cars; old snapshots of men standing next to their pride and joy.

This weeks Sepia Saturday has inspired me to post the following from the July 1937 magazine called "The Studebaker Wheel." According to a site called The Studebaker Wheel there were a total of 117 issues of this promotional customer oriented publication. I have only one, but it's a gem. You can see a previous post I did about this issue here.

The images below are mostly of men and their Studebakers. Do click on the images to see them larger. The captions are well worth reading.

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IF A DOG POOPS ON A RUG IN VEGAS does it stay there?

I don't understand Vegas. I don't understand the lure of Vegas. I don't understand the marketing of Vegas. I never will. It seems to be a Jekyll and Hyde sort of place. Bring the kids; don't bring the kids. Pirate ships and fine art; hookers and cheap buffets.

"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" leaves me shaking my head. That said...

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On the back:
At Systems, Math, Computers All, I’ve been considered apt. But then I laid my money down and what do you know “I crapped”!
The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino:
...opened in 1906 as the Hotel Nevada. In 1907 it was assigned Las Vegas' first telephone with the number 1. In 1931, with gambling being re-legalized in Nevada, the Hotel Nevada was expanded and renamed Sal Sagev (Las Vegas spelled backwards.)

The hotel gained its current name in 1955 when a group of Italian-Americans from San Francisco Bay Area started the Golden Gate Casino. The 106-room, four-story hotel was renovated in 2005.

The Golden Gate was the first to serve a fifty cent shrimp cocktail in 1959, now a Las Vegas cliché. Called the "Original Shrimp Cocktail" on the menu, has become a mainstay of the San Francisco Shrimp Bar and Deli and is a favorite of both locals and tourists. It is what the Golden Gate is best known for. The idea came from owner Italo Ghelfi, who based it on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

The Original Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce. In 1991, the price was raised from 50¢ to 99¢. The price was raised in 2008 to $1.99. Unlike many other Las Vegas establishments that offer a 99-cent shrimp cocktail, the glass is not padded with lettuce or other fillers, which is often cited as the reason for the Original Shrimp Cocktail's popularity. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
Dogs, shrimp, crap, and gambling. I just don't get it.


JUSTICE IS SWIFT if somewhat confusing

This is an odd vintage post card. The copy on the back doesn't seem to make much sense or provide any guidance as to what this was about.

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Here's what I have found.

The manufacturer, Elba Systems based in Denver, created video and audio content for rather dry subject matter. The company was actually E. L. Barrett & Associates dba (doing business as) Elba. I believe this card, titled "The Case That Nobody Won," was for a filmstrip for the Guarantee Mutual Life Co. The image below is from here.

Other exciting Elba titles released as 33-1/3 RPM recordings include:
Bury Me In Eden
Introduction to Modern Tools
and yes, you can even get "The Case That Nobody Won" as a record.

Thinking to yourself, "Well doggone it! I want a copy of this post card!" Spend $1.79 + postage and you can get it here. But better rush because the auction mallet will be coming down within 22 hours. Suitable for framing if you're an attorney with a license from some online diploma mill.

So if you ever do find it hanging on the wall of an attorney you're using try to remember you've been warned.



but I like it.

I will leave you to figure out who these famous faces are from a 1973 post card.