Mink Can Opener

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 27, 2017
     Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough | Advertising | 1950s | Alcohol

After it gets soaked in beer foam and sits out in the hot sun on you pick-nick table for a few hours, it will also start to smell like a mink.
Posted by BMN on 01/27/17 at 09:14 AM
Nice find, Paul. I'm not sure when the ad ran, but since it used zones instead of zip codes, I'd guess sometime in the mid to late 50's. I found some listings for scraps of mink fur on eBay. Scraps measuring about 12" by 7" were priced at $3.98 with free shipping, or about a nickel per square inch. Similar pieces were priced at about 8 cents per square inch. These scraps are marketed at people who like to make things to sell on Etsy and other craft sites. I'm "lucky" enough to live in the same town as the largest mink farm in North America, and could probably get a few scraps for the asking. (In case you're wondering, odor is not a problem in my neighborhood a couple miles away, fortunately!)
Posted by Fritz G on 01/27/17 at 09:45 AM
Whoa whoa whoa - have you read the 'story' on the side of the ads? A little racy there.

As for the ad itself "Comes in attractive gift box" - how attractive can the box be if the inside is mink?
Posted by Greg on 01/27/17 at 04:20 PM
When was the last time you saw a "church key" in use?

Gosh, Greg , you're right. Reminds me of some of the stories that appeared in some of the magazines my father subscribed to in the early 1960's. One that comes to mind was titled "TRUE." I'm sure that I wasn't supposed to even look at them but you know that curious little boys will do what they will.
Posted by Kevin Pottorff on 01/27/17 at 04:36 PM
It's apparently from a publication called After Hours from 1957. There's a scan or something on a website that Firefox says is not secure so it won't take me there. Found by googling "dandy mail order" mink.
Posted by ges on 01/28/17 at 07:50 PM
Found it on archive.org:
Posted by ges on 01/28/17 at 07:54 PM
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