Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mystery Shoes

There's money in them thar shoes - one hundred sparklers a week, if this ad is to be believed. The operative word, of course, being "if."

Among the fantastic and fashionable lot is something referred to as "mystery shoes." None of the shoes pictured look particularly mysterious. But since the ad is from Startling Detective (circa 1964) perhaps one is supposed to sense which ones they are. And then you can wear them while taking one of the many at-home become-a-detective courses. Mind you, once you crack the case of How To Sell Boring Ugly Shoes in a shoe store you set up at home, you ought to be able to solve anything.

13 comments:

Relax Max said...

Hey! Mason shoes are fantastic! Made in America! Very expensive! High quality! Hard to sell!

I once sent off for their information (not from True Detective or whatever you said*) but from another magazine I had stolen from a barber shop as a child, and continued to receive their monthly catalogs and sales tips for 23 years.

Thanks for the memory!

*Please consider going to "settings" and changing this comments thing to a popup so I can still read the original post. My short-term memory is really shot. Oh God, please. Thank you.

Bill said...

One of my dad's Navy buddies started selling Knapp shoes out of his home after he retired from the USN.

I love a mystery, but I'd have to draw the line at Mystery Shoes. I'd end up with a box of clown shoes; I just know it.

Relax Max has a good idea about the pop-up comment box.

Broadway Matron said...

I remember this ad...I didn't see any thing about mystery shoes on the pic you have

Melanie said...

Like Max, I sent off for information about Mason shoes once upon a time. They're the ugliest shoes I've ever laid eyes on. And I kept on getting propaganda until I moved and left no forwarding address.

Lidian said...

Relax Max - I'll bet they are hard to sell! So you actually know about these Mason guys....hmmm. Did you ever buy any shoes from them?

I will go look at the settings, I had no idea.

Bill - I'll bet they are clown shoes. And yup, I'll go change that thing as soon as I finish this...

Broadway Matron - Maybe they were invisible.

Melanie - Poor old Mason and his terrible shoes!

Lidian said...

Pop-up window is enabled! I am a pop-up enabler, and it wasn't hard at all. Thank you Max - and Bill too, for reinforcing the suggestion.

Blogger settings are even more mysterious (to me, apparently) than Mr. Mason's shoes! :)

Lidian

Frogs in my formula said...

Mystery shoes sound so intriguing. I wish I had some. Even better if they'd come with de-icer on the soles (damn snow)!

Kirsten said...

An at home shoe store! Genius! Nevermind. If it's as hard to get readers to your blog as it is to get shoe buyers to your house, then count me out!

Ranran said...

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i can also have your blog URL linked to my site so to increase your blog traffic.

thanks! keep it up!

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ettarose said...

Lidian, what's funny about these ads is they have been replaced by spam e mails. Get rich quick selling anything.

Lidian said...

ettarose - that's true, and some day someone will create a blog about them (maybe they have already!)

Lidian said...

Frogs in my Formula - Yes, I'd like that kind of shoe, too!

Kirsten - I was wondering how on earth you would get customers to come to your in-house shoestore...also there might be zoning issues.