You can get a FREE $100,000 Confederate bill! That’s right, this “lots-of-fun actual replica” – wait a minute – “actual replica”?? They’re boasting about the authenticity of a reproduction?
I also like the “Free China – our ally” bit – this was smack dab in the middle of the Cold War, so whether or not someone was Communist was a big deal back then!
Claw The Unconquered #5
It’s another random grab bag of mini ads!
The one that strikes me the most here is the one for live seahorses – they’ll send you two “freshly caught” mated pairs, with at least one pregnant. OK, I have two main thoughts on this:
- Sending live, pregnant seahorses through the mail seems like it would be prohibitively difficult/risky.
- Capturing seahorses from the wild and then sending them through the mail seems rather cruel… and seems like it should be illegal.
At least Sea Monkeys are in a type of suspended animation when they’re shipped, but live, conscious animals is a whole different story!
Stamp collecting must’ve been big in the ’60s – on this page of classifieds the entire first column is stamps, most of the second column is stamps, and there’s even one in the third column!
Something I’m wondering about – “approvals” – anyone know what this refers to? It’s in most of the stamp ads – “10¢ to approval buyers,” “Write today for approvals,” “10¢ to approval applicants.” Any ideas, guys?
Anyway, the thing I find most intriguing in this ad is the personal radio – “no need for batteries or tubes – no need for electric ‘plug-in’ either – diode eliminates them all forever” – well, the diode needs to get power somehow, right? If it doesn’t use batteries and doesn’t plug in, then what is it – hand crank or something?
Buying and selling money seems a bit redundant to me, but with prices like this, how could you say no? $11,750 for a silver dollar? Sign me up!
I’ve got a penny from 1911 sitting on my desk (that I just randomly got in change somewhere), so according to this ad, I could get up to $4,800 for it!
…But somehow I get the feeling that I would be very disappointed if I actually expected to get that much for it.
Coins! Coins!! COINS!!! This is our second installment from Centre Coin Company – in the 1972 installment, they’re only looking to buy coins, but in this one, the focus is on selling!
However, they do have quite an offer – fill the penny album they send you, and you’ll get $150! Makes me wonder just how rare some of those pennies are and how many kids (if any) actually cashed in on this deal.
Jungle Action #2
So when I first read “Rover and men on the Moon,” I took “Rover” to be a dog’s name, and assumed that the book would be something insanely awesome and/or cheesy. Alas, I now realize that they probably mean the type of vehicle instead, which is still cool, but not nearly as odd/exciting for me.
And I’m curious to know the secret behind “BE TALLER!” – unless they’re selling platform shoes, I kind of doubt the validity of their claim.
I also like the fact that there’s a classified ad that is advertising methods for writing classified ads – it’s so meta!
Jungle Action #2
A penny that’s worth $10,000?! That’s amazing! I could possibly have one in my possession right now! If only I knew what year it was from… oh wait, it’s covered in the ad. I guess the only way to know is to buy their catalog!
I actually have a penny from 1911 on my desk (which I randomly got in change somewhere), so it looks like I’ve got $200 coming to me! Awesome!