The Daily Retro: In Car Record Players

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The Crosley Hotshot

As regular readers
of the Saturday Car post
have probably already
noticed–

I have a thing for
concept cars, rarities, and forgotten automotive brands.

Maybe some of them
deserve to be almost
forgotten, I dunno….

but not this one.

Because this was America’s
first post-war production
sports car —
— the Crosley Hotshot.

Crosley had been building
automobiles since 1938,
selling mostly compact cars
and station wagons —

but after the war,
a market for a domestic
sports car, created by
soldiers returning from
the war in Europe,
was seen as a huge
potential sales window –
– and the Crosley brothers
set out to fill it.

The first Hotshot was unveiled
in 1949 – and was so new and
trend setting it appeared in
Macy’s display window.

It was a two seater, light weight,
nimble, with a low profile and
remarkably inexpensive
price tag- just under $1000.

Of course, options,
like a heater,
radio, and
ashtray were extra —

there weren’t side doors,
— and even the hood
was unhinged
to save on costs-
but for the price,
it was a good buy –

It could hit a top speed of
around 70 MPH, with the
44 c.i. cast iron ‘CIBA’
four cylinder engine.

It proved itself in the
endurance race at Sebring
in 1950 – and again at both
the Swiss and the Tokyo
Grand Prix in 1951.

Many believed the Hotshot
could save the flagging
Crosley Company, but
it was not to be —

and in the end (1952),
only 2500 of the Hotshots
were ever produced.

Still, it had it’s moment
in the sun, and,
as are most
first times,
remembered fondly.

Motley Mish Mash

Let me tell
you a story ….

About how another
one of those motley
mish-mash posts
that this here
Muscleheaded Blog
seems to specialize in
came together.

See,
my friend Katie
sent me a
strange page that purported
to be from a car manual . 

Here it is. —>

She wondered about it,
and so did I.

When I looked at it,
I thought –

“hey , that looks like
something out of a
1950’s humor magazine.”

So,
I went searching
for it online.

Ya know….
a Mad Magazine
or similar type
of sarcasm/comic/
humor mag,
I figured.

But I didn’t find
the original source.

Yet.

What I did find was
some other neat-o cool
shit —-

like a cover of “Dotty” comic
from the late 1950’s –
” a real hep cutie ” .

Apparently, this was a
kinda popular genre.

Or,
like our lead off piccie:

which is a cover from
Life Magazine in 1908-
— the art is called
“The Candle of Love ” .

Go back and look at it
if you want –

— it’s magnificent.

I found all sorts of other
groovy vintage-magazine
related stuff, too.

And since there’s
a damned deadline
hanging over my head
like the sword of Damocles
to get this tripe of a blog
out in a timely manner

— or our science editor
Suzie Wonder will beat
me within an inch of my
life —

— that’s what’s cooking on the
Muscleheaded Blog today.

You may well ask why the hell
the science editor thinks she’s
the boss —

— and I’d ask her myself
if I didn’t think she’d
try that new set of
cat o nine tails she just
ordered on Etsy on me.

That used to be
such a nice site, too.

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Weird Ads And A Plenty

It’s been a couple weeks
since we dug real deep
into the mailbag —

— we’ve been getting
some funny and
very interesting things
from our friends,

and I’ll be saving most
of that for the next
mailbag post.

So,
Keep sending stuff, man !

Today, though–

I think we’re going
give you the ‘weird factor’ —

which of course,
is nothing new
around here —

— these are real ads that just
beg the question —
WTF ?

Like the official steam roller
of Doris Day ?

Or a wool nose warmer.

Magnetized food?

Really?

Yep-

It was a quack remedy available
in the 1880’s.

The colorful card was
intended to grab the
attention of children
who were then to
sell their parents
on the value
of the stuff–

Here,
read for yourself.

Tastes awful nice,
and
is vitalized by magnetism.

Ok.

Well,
You get the idea, I think.

Anybody remember
” Farm Film Report ”
on SCTV starring
John Candy as
Billy Sol Hurok
and Joe Flaherty
as Big Jim McBob ?

” Yep– 
he blowed up real good.

Ok, so I may need
to provide a video
as a reference
for all you
youngsters.

Here.

Man, if you only
had any idea what
you’ve missed before
cell phones
and reality TV.

Alright…
some of it, anyway.

So until next time,
May the good Lord
take a likin’ to ya and
blow ya up real soon.

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!! HOY !!

Would You ?

Wow —

I might be covered
with dust and old
bits of paper …

— and my garage is
about to burst —

but it was sure
worth it, man.

WHAT-CHOO-
TALKIN-BOUT
Willis?

Well, I’ll tell ya. 

Among the treasures
of the local stamp
and postcard show
this year , were a
number of vintage
postcards by a
favorite
artist of mine–

namely,
Albert Peter Carmichael,
a cartoonist for the old
New York World
newspaper back in
the first decades of
the 1900’s.

You’ve probably
already seen a
measure of his
postcard work here
on the Muscleheaded Blog,
although the ones
featured on
today’s post are
a bit different
than those
previously shown.

The series was called:
” Would You ? ”

(and who hasn’t ?)

I like this guy’s sense
of humor a lot –

— he’s draws in his style
exceptionally well,
he’s got a wicked sense of
irony, and he doesn’t mind
getting a little bit risque
with his art.

His characters have
all the usual
human foibles,
likes and dislikes,
and are quite relatable
to modern audiences.

The cards are usually
bright, colorful, funny,
and very readable —

– – despite being
over 100 years old.

I hope I’m
that easy to take
when I’m a hundred, man –

— but I sincerely
doubt it.

Ahem.

His subjects usually
deal with the common
dilemmas of every day
life in that era-

but of course,
there’s also
plenty of
wine,
women,
and song.

So,
who wouldn’t ?
(love that?)

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