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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The Studebaker Champ

An interesting footnote
in automotive history,

(considering that Studebaker
also made several of the
most beautiful full-size
pick-up trucks in the
1940’s and 1950’s
especially the M-5 and 2-E ) –

the Studebaker Champ
was a mid-size pickup
produced from 1960 to 1964.

This was a time period in
which the 110 year old
Studebaker Company’s
profit margin had declined
to a point that it had become
doubtful on whether the
automaker would even survive —
and they were scrambling
to turn the tide.

The mid-size pickup class
was actually pioneered by
the Champ – another would
not be seen until the mid-80’s
and the Dodge Dakota
(which they advertised
as the ‘first’ ).

The profile of the truck
instantly reveals it to have
been an amalgam of several
of Studebaker’s other models –

– the chassis and bed
of a 1950’s era
‘E’ truck —

and the front half of a
new Lark automobile.

Despite this fact, the product
had a smooth, car-like ride,
was ruggedly built, and was
easier to maintain than other
pickups of the same era.

A new innovation offered
on the Champ was the
sliding rear window –
which was quite a
popular feature with buyers.

Another was a less
fortunate one –

a new overhead valve engine
design on the 170 cubic inch
six cylinder offered as
an option in 1961 –

– this engine configuration
ended up having serious issues
with valves and cracked heads –

but there were several
very solid V-8’s offered,
like the 259 c.i.
and 289 c.i. –
with choices of
two or four barrel carbs.

You could order it with the
standard transmission with
a column shifted 3 speed,
a 4 speed or 5 speed manual
with overdrive, or a
Borg Warner-made automatic.

And they certainly
looked different.

A modern car enthusiast
may even think that such
a vehicle would lend itself
to restoration.

But, if that includes you-
beware of the most typical
and irritating problem
that restorers have
with old Studebakers –
– RUST.

Once it takes hold –
you may find the floor
and fenders have acquired
so much of it, that….

— and parts – well,
good luck, man, and I
mean that – cause I hope
to see you driving it one day !

!!! HOY !!!!

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Droppin Your Pumpy Pants

Adult Content Warning:
— if you’re at the office
or the kids are home,
turn your speakers down.

Don’t get all butt hurt
and mad at me, please…

I’m in the mood for music,
and not just any music, either.

Today we’re featuring songs
that may have eluded
your attention, because
they weren’t getting
a lot of air play.

Well, you’ll see
what I mean.

Ahem.

I’m personally fond of dogs,
and I’ve never claimed to
understand a cat lover’s
mentality, exactly.

That said, this musical innuendo
may not help explain anything at all.

.

I dunno if I’ve ever heard
a doo-wop song that ever
made so much sense as
this next one…… although,
personally, I think talk is
over-rated.

.

This next piece reminds me
of my own mantra
“Ride It Like You Stole It “…..

But, hers is a bit different.

.

And of course, who can really
argue with this lady’s viewpoint?

.

It’s getting around the Holiday,
so maybe this one is appropriate, I dunno.

.

Things can be a little easy,
or a little rough….
Things can be a little roomy,
or just a little tough.

.

I have no way of knowing how much
y’all are enjoying these things —

and so maybe you’re ready
for this one,
and maybe you’re not.

.

And, yes, finally
we end our post with
this piece from the early 1980’s.

At least this one seems to have a
more achievable objective,
so, there’s that.

Why Minds Misbehave

So, how many times have you wondered —

Why do minds misbehave?

Oh sure, scholars have been wrasslin’ with that question for millennia –

Who knew the answer was as easy as picking up a copy of Modern Romances Magazine.

Seriously.
Who knew?

Yes, here we find
two cases
of mental misbehavior presented…..

One’s childhood related.

Well, knock me down
with one of Mom’s
old fashioned biscuits.

The other ?

Oh, well,
aisle 5 at the drugstore
is one I’ve never visited,
but if you were to drop in
and browse, you might
find just the cure the
lady needed.

According to the ad, anyway.

I’m beginning to think they’ll say anything to sell shit.

!!! HOY !!!!

The 2 Door Cadillac Eldorado

Yes, Virginia,
there was a
4 door version of the
classic Cadillac Eldorado
(made in 1957, 1958,
and 1959) –

but nobody cared
about it –

(well, I don’t, anyway)

simply because the
2 door Eldorado
was one of the most
beautiful full-size
luxury cars of it’s time.

Made by General Motors
Cadillac Division between
1952 and 2002, and it could
be argued that there wasn’t
a prettier car made by any
U.S. auto manufacturer
during the 1970
model year.

It all started with
a concept car,
suggested by a secretary
(Mary-Ann Marini) in the
Cadillac merchandising
department –

and as it was
developed for production,
the designers fell back on
the more luxurious
appointments
that had previously 
appeared
in the 1951 Le Sabre;
and first mass-produced
(in 1953) as a limited edition
convertible-

available in four colors:
Aztec Red, Alpine White,
Azure Blue and Artisan Ochre.

A distinctive wrap-around
windshield, curving custom
sheet metal, low belt-line,
and heavy chrome just about
everywhere made the car
an interesting change for
Cadillac in 1953 —

but it was relatively
expensive to build.

In 1954, the 2nd generation
Eldorado was based on the
sheet metal and bodies of
other Cadillac products,
bringing the price down
and putting more emphasis
on trim, interior and options.
(they quadrupled their
sales in 1954.)

An Eldorado 2 door hardtop
(‘Seville’) was introduced
between 1956 and 1960 –
but the Eldorado 2 door
convertible remains the
most distinctive variation
of the line.

Of course, another variation
of the Eldorado theme is also
very much remembered –
the 1957 Series 70
Eldorado Brougham
a car that had a body
hand-built in Detroit,
and designed to take
on the highest end of
the luxury car market –

it had 44 potential leather
interior color combinations –
and was loaded with features like:
a stainless steel roof,
self leveling suspension,
two-position “memory”
power seats,
a dual four-barrel carb,
cruise control,
polarized sun visors,
electric antenna,
automatic-release
parking brake, electric door locks,
dual heating system, A/C,
silver magnetized glove-box,
all-transistor signal-seeking car radio,
automatic starter with restart function,
drum-type electric clock,
power windows,
forged aluminum wheels,

— as well as some less
automotive-oriented
appointments like:
drink tumblers,
cigarette and tissue dispensers,
lipstick and cologne,
ladies’ compact with powder puff,
mirror and matching leather
notebook, comb and mirror,
Arpège atomizer
with Lanvin perfume.

This car cost twice as much
as any other 1957 Eldorado,
and even a little more than
a Rolls Royce Silver Arrow
of the same year.

It was way over the top –
and the special air ride
suspension system worked
out to be wonky at best,
but they did find their niche
in the market, and in 1959,
production of the hand-made
Broughams were moved to
Turin, Italy.

Production of the regular
2 door Eldorados
(if you can call them that)
remained in Detroit, and
were re-designated from
‘Series 62’ to ‘Series 6400’-
while in 1961, the convertible
Eldorado was — well, let’s just
say, there is still some confusion
over what is and what is not
part of the Cadillac ‘De Ville’ line.

Hoo boy.

Anyway–
my favorite version
of the car was called the
“Sixth Generation”-
and was built between
1967 and 1970.

In the previous 7 or 8 years,
it had faded into
a dressed up De Ville,
but in 1967 – a sleek, crisp redesign by Bill Mitchell
brought the Eldorado
back to life –
with front wheel drive,
and the 429 V-8 coupled with a
smooth shifting Hydramatic
425 automatic transmission.

In 1970, a 500 cubic inch
8.2 litre V-8 engine
was added to the line,
exclusive to Eldorado,
until it was made standard
across full size Cadillacs in 1975.

After the 6th generation,
I’m afraid, the joy had run
out for classic Eldorado fans-
the one special ‘speed bump’
in sales came in 1976 –

with G.M.’s pronouncement
of the
” Last American Convertible ”
— promoting the 1976
Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.

Supposedly, the Big Three
believed (not true) convertibles
were about to be banned
(also not true) because of
impending (not) 50 mph
roll-over safety standards –

– but, it did result in that
years’s model selling
over 12,000, many as
‘investment’ vehicles —
and many of those buyers
seemed more than a little
upset when convertible
Eldorados re-appeared
on the market a scant
8 years later.

Ahhh, marketing.

Vintage Marital Sex Guides

Something that always
strikes me as funny
about our modern
technology levels…..
is just how simple it is
to get information on
just about any subject.

I mean, it’s not
necessarily accurate information, granted,
but just type any
old term into a
search engine and
**PRESTO** —
there’s a gazillion or so
references of one type
or another.

Now, I remember just
how it was to find
information on stuff
before the net —
especially controversial,
esoteric, or anything the
slightest bit ribald .

(three of my favorite subjects.)

Digging through the stacks
at the college library was
absolutely no picnic, and
usually you came out of
there with more allergies
than new information.

And if your interests were
more on the risque side ,
well…

— all you could hope for
was something they used
to call ‘marital aid books’
like these.

I doubt anybody really
read them expecting
advice even at the time,
but as far as openly
obtainable books,
these were about it in
the 1950’s and 1960’s,
anyway.

I’ve always liked to
read them –
early on in life,
hoping for a cheap thrill,
and then later-
because they really
are pretty funny,
especially as
regards to the way
they avoid the ‘nub’ of
whatever topic they’re
supposedly discussing.

For instance,
you might
find an article
on cunnilingus,
but it’ll end up being a
couple of ‘case studies’,
some vapid research facts,
and an over-technical
definition
(perhaps in Latin)
that won’t exactly
send your prurient
imagination into
outer space.

The illustrations,
if there were any,
seemed more in line
with an anti-VD textbook
than anything else….

and after reading them,
you usually ended up
walking around why
they bothered even
printing the damn things
in the first place.

But they were
MONEY ,
MONEY ,
MONEY
to the publishers .

As silly/simple as the
information provided
often was, the local
authorities would often
raid the sellers
and publishers
‘to protect the public ‘ —

— which drove up both
demand and prices
on the things.

Ads advertising books like:

” Sex Life in Marriage “
” Eugenics and Sex Harmony”
” Picture Stories of the Sex Life ”
” 10 Lessons In Sex Technique ”
” Ideal Sex ”
” The Modern Sex Manual ”
” The Pleasure Primer”
” True Love Guide ”
” Freud to Kinsey ”
” Marriage Mischief ”
” Sane Sex Life & Sane Sex Living”
” Sex and Marriage ”
” Yours Alone “
” The Love Life of
Modern Homo Sapiens”
“Secrets of a Healthy Sex Life”
” The Ideal Sex Life ”
appeared almost everywhere
– – even in comics.

And if one good publication
was banned from the mails
as ‘obscene’ (like several
early guides on birth
control were) several
of lesser quality
would quickly take
their place –
which meant
that by the early 1950’s,
it was almost impossible
to read anything on the
subject in the U.S. that
had any substance.

It wasn’t until the
early 1970’s that this 
trend started to reverse.

Books like the ‘Joy of Sex’
demystified the genre once
and for all —
with detailed and accurate
information and illustrations.

And while I very much appreciate that fact —

— occasionally I do
miss the more furtive
and hush-hush tone
of the old marital
sex manuals;
just a tit.

!!!!!!! HOY !!!!!!