Thursday, March 29, 2012

Look, Dad!

"Look Dad, spraying is easy...with a KWH mistblower!" says Stephen Yates of La Crescent, Minn, on the back of this advertising postcard. It was sent out by the Vandermolen Export Co. of North Caldwell, NJ, and goes on to tout the advantages of this Italian-made sprayer by Martignani: "Use a KWH mistblower and save up to 80% in spraying-'man'-hours, 90-95% in water. KWH mistblowers give deep penetration - better coverage -- at less cost. KWH Dusters assure steady output - instant regulation -- even spreading of granules."

I'm not sure what OSHA would think of little Stephen spraying pesticides or fertilizer around the farm without wearing any type of personal protection equipment, but what the heck, there's chores to be done. I noticed that Vandermolen Export as well as Martignani is still in business -- I wonder if Stephen is!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sleep at the World's Fair

Here's a great pavilion from the 1964 World's Fair in New York, from the Simmons company. It's called the "Land of Enchantment," and it's a great example of modern architecture, now gone of course.

From the back of the card: "Downstairs, the Sandman guides a fascinating tour through the Wonderful World of Slumber with its lovable animated characters of fantasy. Upstairs, worn out visitors can privately rest, relax - even snooze, on a Beautyrest Adjustable Bed - the Bed of Tomorrow - that automatically adjusts to any comfortable position at a finger's touch."

A comprehensive description of the exhibition is available here, at the outstanding NYWF64 website: Spread out over several pages, this article is one of many documenting the New York World's Fair by Bill Young, a great resource.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Slim to None

This is "Slim the Clown" a.k.a. Fred Raposa. Although Google is great for everything, Slim is apparently missing from the Internet. This greeting card was sent from Fall River, MA, but the rest is a mystery!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Match Game

Bought these postcards recently at the exact same time.
Can you match the description on the back to the fine eating establishment on the front? One says:

Famous for Seafoods throughout the U. S. A. First in French Fried Shrimps. Catering to Private parties. Private Dining Rooms.

And the other says:

...recommended by America's greatest Gourmets.

Answers in the comments section next week!