FOR THE MAN WHO LIKES TO SHOW NIPPLE
They obviously airbrushed the nipples out in this photo.
The Austin by Morell
STRETCH KNIT LACE
The shirt of the future today.
BARRY MORELL SHIRT CO.
10 West 33 Street, New York, N.Y.
Honey, stop fidgeting! The apple keeps falling off your head!
That’s the winning caption for last week’s Caption Contest. It was submitted by:
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CAPTION CONTEST — Archer Guys
8/1/12 10:08 AM:
Nice captions, everyone! Thanks for playing.
The card is an advertisement for BUCKSKIN SHIRTS made by E. L. Heacock Co. in Gloversville, New York. “Makers of Fine Deerskin Products Since 1791”
The winner is R.J. CHristensen for the caption:
“Honey, stop fidgeting! The apple keeps falling off your head!”
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1) MAXIMUM of TWENTY (20) WORDS
2) One entry per person 3) Please enter your caption in the comments of this post 4) Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM EDT The author of my favorite caption will have their choice of one of these original vintage postcards (all previously published on BAD POSTCARDS):
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GRAY—THE NEW SPRING COLOR
This Spring it’s gray! And right now we have an outstanding selection of grays—superbly tailored by Hart Schaffner & Marx in many different styles and fabrics. Stop in now—this week—and enjoy first choice.
P.S. The gray worsted flannel shown on the other side is very popular.
The gray goes well with his stiff body.
THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY
Auditions for PEE-WEE’s Understudy
Sorry, guys. Nice attempt with the suits and bow ties, but you all look depressed, and this is a happy show! NEXT!
My sincere thanks to Pee-wee for Tweeting BAD POSTCARDS on Friday! I’m a long-time fan! (With this collection of postcards, it that any surprise?)
“America’s most complete stock of correct men’s formal wear. Pictured are strawberry pink, ice blue, lipstick red, frosty white, and banana yellow. Each garment fitted to perfection——Your satisfaction guaranteed.”
RIDING CLUB FASHION
Happy New York Fashion Week!
“FOR RIDING CLUBS. Custom Tailored Suits of True Wash and Wear Sailcloth with Trims. Custom Tailored fine Satin Shirts. Six Inch Fringe.
RALPH GARZA, P.O. Box 821, San Antonio 6, Texas”
What did fringe in Western fashion evolve from? Is is fashion, or function, or both?
HOWDY PARDNER! I’M SADDLED UP…
…and heading your way with the exciting new line of Panhandle Slim, Ranch and Town, Eddy Bros. Hats; Stanton’s Sunset Trails and Oasis Frontier Neckwear. See you on or about ______________, be the Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.
GO ALL THE WAY!!!
Wisdom from the 70s, guys. Not going all the way? You don’t have the right suit! Why didn’t this information get passed down to today?
How could they have made this photo more suggestive without going all the way?
“Come on strong!! Go all the way with ‘Botany’ 500 suits, outercoats, sport coats, slacks.”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
What product is this postcard advertising? Extra points for brand name.
Sunday 6/20 9:28 PM — Thanks for playing!
I guessed “whiskey” when I first saw this. There’s no brand name visible on the bottle, but the highballs are prominent. Next, look at the PJs. Son’s and dad’s bottoms, and robe trim have the same scotch pattern.
The correct answer is: pajamas; PJs; jimjams. (For the person who answered “jimjams,” I first heard that word from Dame Edna and it instantly became my favorite name for sleepwear.)
Two people answered Cutty Sark Whiskey. Look at the Cutty Sarkish print on the wall below big dead fish. Cutty Sark? Scotch pattern? I think Cutty paid to subliminally tout the tipple.
My other favorite answers: “Wood polish.” “big dead fish.”
Here’s what’s printed on the back: “SCOTCH-ON-ROCKS Cool Summer Sleepwear by PLEETWAY. Here’s to Dad’s comfort in cool, summer knee-length style pajamas, with matching robe…or V-neck, short sleeves, full length trousers, as illustrated in June Esquire ad.”
SECRETARIES WEEK — DAY 5
This card advertises Cobey’s Clothing store in Melrose Park, Illinois.
At first glance, the boss almost looks like Rock Hudson.
SECRETARIES WEEK — DAY 4
The new MODERNAIRE model
Yes, modern. Yes, he appears to have airs.
Here’s what’s printed on the back:
“You’ll have admirers, too!
We can’t guarantee a beautiful secretary, but admiring glances will be cast your way when you step out in one of our fine custom-made suits in the season’s new patterns…and tailored just as you want it. Come in now and make your selection. You’ll like our moderate prices, too!
MAXHAM’S INCORPORATED, Windsor, Vermont”
Most companies using a beautiful woman (or women) to sell their product wouldn’t be admitting to the inability to guarantee that she’ll appear out of the ether if you buy.
This secretary seems mesmerized by her boss and is about to stab herself in the cheek with her pen.
SECRETARIES WEEK — DAY 3
“It’s Custom Tailored, Of Course”
“Printed on verso: “Our Custom Tailored suits – individually hand cut to your measurements – show the difference — Smartly Styled — Perfectly Fitted.
Hundreds of new Fall Fabrics have just arrived from the world’s finest Mills.
Expensive – Only in looks. Actually the cost is no more than better grade Ready-to-wear.
Yet we promise you the finest suit you ever owned!
SATISFACTION COMPLETELY GUARANEED”
I’ve taken this word for word from the back of the card—with capitalization and punctuation as it was printed! The mix of EN-dashes and EM-dashes makes me nuts! All of this publisher’s editors were out that day. In fact, there is no publisher name on the card and NO reference to any garment company. It’s just a generic postcard that any store can imprint with their information.
Here we have the classic strong, confident, well-traveled boss wearing the suit. The secretary in the background, armed with steno pad and pencil, establishes the relationship with the boss. Her dreamy-eyed gaze is directed at the level of the boss’s chest (that she might only ever see covered). She bites the eraser-end of her pencil. (I could have used this card for sexual innuendo theme week as well. Coming soon, btw.)
This postcard would have to be a vertical view to emphasize the contrast of the importance of boss to secretary. You will notice that the cards in my next 2 posts also show this boss/secretary relationship—one, another artist view; the other, from a photograph.