Vintage Pin Up: Robert McGuire

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Coming Clean

Swift’s Pride Soap
and Washing Powder
was made in Chicago
by Swift & Company
from around 1875
into the 1930’s.

Swift was a famous
meat-packer, and
found that making
soap was a natural
extension of his
business – about
a dozen different
varieties of it were
manufactured at
the Chicago plant
as well as in Atlanta,
Georgia.

They included
several perfumed
soaps and specialty
cleansers like:
Swift’s Pride
Washing Powder,
Sunbrite Cleaner,
Swift’s Wool Soap,
and a product called
Lexard Superfatted
Toilet Bar .

The cards featured
on the blog today
are advertising cards
for the Swift’s Pride
line of soaps from
around 1905 ;

As you can see,
they’re beautifully
illustrated with a
child and
the shadow
of an animal —-
nicely litho’d,
and containing
a witty verse on
each.

For instance:

” Susie’s song
was very sweet,
She never
missed 
a note,

Her voice was
just
a little bleat,

It sounded like
a goat. “

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” Bertha’s bonnet
is the style,
Maybe you have heard, 
Bertha’s clothes
and Bertha’s smile
Make her
quite a bird. “

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!!! HOY !!!

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Keyhole Frolics

Hiya
Hiya
Hiya.

It’s getting
well nigh
into the
Valentines
Day season….

And if a couple
of you fellers
haven’t figured
out how to turn
up the sugar
with your
favorite honey
yet,

Well,
all I got to
say is you
better get
moving.

Getting something
out of the gumball
machine for her
mighta worked
for ya 40 years ago,
but she’s been
busy on the phone
telling her girlfriends
that you’re gonna have
to put your big boy
pants on sometime
soon, and I do
think she means
it this time. 

Besides,
those machines
take dollar bills
now,
( who knew? )
so those quarters
you’ve been saving
ain’t gonna do no
good t’all.

Alright, so ,
maybe ,
just maybe,
you’ve decided
not to step
up for the
whole V-D deal –
( bad idea, bro )
which means,
basically, that
unless you paint a
face on your hand,
you’re not gonna
get makeup smeared
all over you this
year.

Again.

I’m sure there’s
other ways to
occupy your time –

– ( albeit not near
as much fun ) –

like calling your
Mother or pray a
Novena –

And as long as you
avoid certain acts
of desperation,
you’ll be fine.

I get a strange
impression,
though,
from these vintage
Mutoscope Cards,
part of a series
called:
” Keyhole Frolics ” –

– that it
wasn’t
always the
case for
some folks.

Desperation
doesn’t even
begin to cover
it, man.

Today we call
it being a
“Peeping Tom”
– but in movies
from the 30’s
and 40’s,
people were
doing it
all the time.

Ahh
well…

They have an
interesting….
perspective,
shall we say.

There were
originally
32 cards in
the set
issued by
Mutoscope
during the 
1940’s —
and they
were quite
popular at
the time.

So far,
I’ve only
been able
to find
these,
but of
course,
I’ll keep
looking.

Most of
these
cards on
our post
today
are easy
enough to
read the
legends …

but these
last 4 on
the right
aren’t great
scans, so
those
captions
read:

Pictorial News
Happy Landingmutoscope
Strike up the Band
and
Goal To Go!”

As strange
as they are,
I think
they’re still
pretty fun,
as long as
it don’t
give you
any crazy
or desperate
ideas.

Hey,
they don’t
make keyholes
that size any
more, any way.

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!!! HOY !!!

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