Friday, February 13, 2009

Amazing Plans!

These 1950s classifieds might cover most of what you need - that is, if you are bored, worried, uninformed and need to lie low for awhile.

Add in a few cups of coffee and this sounds a bit like a typical morning for me. Except for the desire for a Chicago address.

So let's have a look:

1. A Continental Caper. What sort of racket is being conducted over at 20-H West Jackson? Actually, I want to know the stories of the people who used this service.

2. Sleepless In Flushing. Raymond Dow has a magical invention for us. Ear plugs! But Raymond, I can get these at the drugstore. Thanks anyway, though. You might want to try drinking some warm milk before bedtime, I hear that helps, too.

3. Edna Explains It All To You. Edna? As in Margie and Edna? I am not surprised that you are a Research Specialist! You and Margie know a lot of things, so I would be glad to ask you some questions. For example, could you find out who wants that fake Chicago address, and why? Because I really want to know!

4. Advice For A Dollar. You're out of luck if your problems are legal or medical. So please don't ask about whether a fake address is a good move. Or about ear plug issues. And you may not get advice, exactly - just an analysis. If you already understand your problems this may not be the best idea. Maybe you should just ask Edna.

5. Armageddon In Jefferson City. Now this one is free! You can learn the date the world is ending. Guess that will solve all those research questions and personal problems. Note: the ad was printed 55 years ago, so they may have got the date wrong.

6. Amazing Plans! What thrills are in store for us, Prager? I want to know what these plans are and why they are so amazing. And I'll bet you a quarter that they're plans for setting up a business charging people money for "amazing plans."


Thank you so much to Staci at Just Bloggled for the Lemonade award!


Tori Lennox said...

I want Edna's job.

What I'd like to know is why if the date of the end of the world is free, why didn't they just post it in the ad?

Bill said...

Now, I don't know if this is true (perhaps I should write to Edna), but my mother told me that when she was a little girl and the Doomsday Prophets predicted the end of the world at a specific time, folks would go out on their front porches & wait.
Then, after that time passed, they would go back inside and cook dinner or listen to the radio or play cards. There probably wasn't a lot to do in Iowa after the pigs were fed.

The Amazing Plans are tantalizing! Do you think there was a grab bag of ideas, or just one? Perhaps they sent several, like build a house out of crushed beer cans! Make a bomb in your basement! Create skin care products from weeds in your back yard! Teach your pet to babysit your children!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I love the classified ads... and your commentary on them! They wouldn't be nearly as helpful without someone as clever as you to interpret them for us! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Can I still send for the end of the world date?

Shay said...

the "Chicago address" offer probably has some great stories behind it!

Lidian said...

Tori - I suppose they wanted your address so that they could offer you something with a large price tag attached to it. Gear for the end of the world, perhaps.

Bill - That is fascinating, I will have to look up the Doomsday Prophets, I had never heard of them. I wonder what those Amazing Plans were, too. Just what one needs on the proverbial rainy day. I could have used them when our kids were little, too.

Karla - Thank you, they are so much fun to hunt down. I have always loved the tiny little ads, the wackier the better.

Broadway Matron - Someone must still be advertising this info somewhere, I would imagine.

Shay - I think so too.