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Regionalism

Miss Photoflash

The first foto below is of the 1945 contest. Given that it was the "First Revue" of the sponsoring group, we can tentatively date it as the first such contest.



Original foto here.

The next foto is from 1968, and definitively labels the contest as being in its 24th year. Did it end then, amidst the tumult of the era?



Original foto here.

Here are the 1945 contestants again.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 16, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Photography and Photographers, Regionalism, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s

From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies



Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 01, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Music, Regionalism, 1940s

Milton Metz, RIP



I never heard his radio show, but Milton Metz seems as if he were an amiably weird guy.

Obit here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 14, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Celebrities, Communications, Radio, Regionalism

Irv Pollock, Auto Dealer

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According to this verbal portrait of the era,, the Toledo, Ohio, car-dealership scene of the 40s, 50s and 60s was a vibrant, competitive time. Certainly a dealer would want to come up with wild ads to stand out. Irv Pollock must have felt that way anyhow!

Note: you might have to scroll left or right at the links to see the original ad.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 07, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Regionalism, 1940s, 1950s, Cars

Hurff Canned Goods

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Once upon a time, a company with the somewhat off-putting name of Hurff was big enough to advertise in a top-of-the-line national magazine like LIFE.

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Here's the backstory, so far as I can find out.

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I have found ads from them as late as 1948. Does that mean that store was selling three-year-old cans of food, given the plant-closing date of 1945? Or maybe the plant did not close, but Hurff himself was forced out? We will probably never know...

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Hurff is a fine forgotten piece of what cartoonist Robert Crumb calls "weird old America."

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 16, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Food, Regionalism, Advertising, 1930s, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #297

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Maybe some Canadian WU-vie can explain the subtext of this ad. Three men hold up photos of hockey players while looking benignly but perhaps jealously at the fourth fellow who is smart enough to have a beer in his hand instead, with his own hockey photo (program book?) resting on a tabletop.

Huh?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 28, 2016 - Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Regionalism, Sports, 1960s, North America, Alcohol

Styled in California



My personal choice is the pants with different-colored legs worn by the young lad.

Can you say "sunburst terry twosome" three times fast?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 09, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Regionalism, Advertising, 1960s

Big Knob (Grange Fair) in Beaver (County)



Yes, here is a post for every twelve-year-old boy in WU's audience--even if you are fifty years old, or female.

Beaver County, PA, features a site named Big Knob.

They have an annual fair that looks like fun.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 22, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Regionalism

Turtle Clapping





The only source that I can find for this supposedly ancient and semi-legendary practice is a single article in FIELD AND STREAM.

Was the reporter getting his leg pulled? Did the practice exist, then die off? Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 29, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Regionalism, 1960s

Mystery Illustration 27



Which regional magazine of the fifty states decided this would be a good way to illustrate the pleasures of summer?

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 11, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Magazines, Regionalism, Sex Symbols, Junk Food, 1970s

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