Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Juke Box Racket

"Friends and Relatives Will Help You Out, Just To See How It Works!...Bring it out at parties or when company comes to call."

Bow ties may light up and be jazzy but honestly - they can't shill for cold cash like this, can they? No, they cannot.

So the next time you are heading out to a party, don't forget to take your Juke Box Bank. It will be a little awkward trying to stuff it into your evening clutch but really, it will pay off!

Why? Because everyone wants to put cash money into that thing. At first I thought that that was because if you put money in it played music: "Money (That's What I Want)," perhaps, or "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."

But no. It just lights up and flashes the little truism,"It's Wise To Be Thrifty."

Apparently, it's also wise to take advantage of all these trusting, sweet people you know who will keep sticking money in the Juke Box Bank just to "see how it works." They will thrill to the sight of it "lighting up electrically." And soon your nickels
and dimes will turn into mighty dollar bills." Because this is just going to be the hit of the party. Oh, the manufacturer also suggests that you haul it out "when company comes to call." But after a few rounds of Juke Box Jackpot, there might not be a lot of company calling.

[This 1948 back-of-the-comic-book ad is from Wikimedia Commons.]

This post is part of Retro Tuesday hosted by my friend Tracy at
The Crazy Suburban Mom, one of my daily must-reads.

11 comments:

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Yikes, I've never seen this one. Never. You rule...this is just dreadfully perfect!

Needless To Say said...

I love that it's both attention-getting and fun-producing, because it's great when those two get together...especially when they're earning you money!

Lidian said...

Tracy - I need to register this one for your Vintage Tuesday - are you doing it this week? I will check again, sorry, am a little fuzzy this morning :)

Needless To Say - It's a winning combination ;)

heidi said...

cha-ching!

Kath Lockett said...

"So the next time you are heading out to a party, don't forget to take your Juke Box Bank. It will be a little awkward trying to stuff it into your evening clutch but really, it will pay off!"

Your comments are always hilarious, Lidian!

Lidian said...

heidi - I could use one of these, only I don't really have the moxie or chutzpah to use it in the suggested manner...

Kath - Thank you, and ditto. You are an incredible writer! :)

Shay said...

I obviously don't have the right kinds of friends and relations...

Carole said...

This is the funniest "make money scheme" I think I've ever heard of! I love how it plays "it's wise to be thrifty" as you just wasted your quarter to hear it play. Niiiice.

Lidian said...

Shay - Neither do I! lol They wouldn't fall for this at all.

Carole - That's a good point, it does make the motto kind of ironic...

Maureen said...

That is just wacky! Can you imagine bringing this to a party in this day and age?

Lidian said...

Maureen - Not really, but it would be kind of fun! ;)