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I have used copies of this cartoon image in Sewing Machine discussions for several years, but now I actually own the page that contains one!

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 And if you can, try to read some of the ads.   If not let me know and I'll put up a higher resolution or a couple of photos that are closer.



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Another notable one is the ad for coffin top treadles saying that ladies spines are too frail and dainty for the leaning over they supposedly have to do to reach the needle on a drop head machine cause it’s off center, as if they can’t just scoot the chair over
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I need higher resolution.
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I will bring it to work tomorrow and scan it.

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I enjoyed seeing this and look forward to your scanned copy - many chuckles for sure!
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We've come a long way,  Baby!

Though even in Victorian times,  the "ladies" of the house may have been too frail for a lot of hard work,  but they sure didn't feel the female servants were not capable of a lot of back breaking labor.  

It was a sign of higher class status to not need your women folk to do labor - even being able to cook.   Fine needlework  was acceptable, but it was done for adornment with no practical purpose.   But being able to display social standing (or wealth) has always been important to humans.  we are a very competitive species.   

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Sorry folks, I forgot to bring it in to scan today.....
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...But being able to display social standing (or wealth) has always been important to humans.  we are a very competitive species.   


Old Mr. Florence (my Mother's Grandmother's brother) didn't necessarily have 'displaying social standing' in mind. To him... it was a matter of quality. He wanted the 'best' automobile he could get and at that time his most convenient choices were either the Cadillac or the Lincoln.  

He hadn't really considered the Lincoln... until he stopped by the Cadillac dealer as was his habit once every three or four years. Now you have to understand that Mr Florence owned one of the largest dairies in the area and it was very successful. He might have been the owner but he  strapped on his work clothes and went out into the dairy amidst the hired help before dawn every morning. He had a very "hands on" approach to running the business.

So...when he strolled into Steven's Caddy dealership showroom just before 1pm that afternoon to buy a new car... he'd come straight out of the milking barn, still wearing his muck boots and bib overalls. He usually dealt directly with Mr. Stevens, who hadn't returned yet from lunch.

After a fifteen minute stroll around all the new cars... and after being completely ignored by the entire sales staff.... Mr Florence decided to shop across the street at Pontmeyer's Lincoln.

As he crossed the highway, Mr Stevens drove back onto his dealership lot and caught sight of Mr Florence in his bibs and boots hiking over to the Lincoln dealer. Mr Stevens parked his car and then stepped into his showroom where the first words out of his mouth were: "So what did Mr Florence want today?" -- only to find out that his staff had never bothered to ask.

By the time Stevens dashed across the street... Old Man Florence was counting out cash for the shiny new Lincoln on the showroom floor. Stevens bestowed a thousand apologies... but Mr Florence politely dismissed them all with a wave of his hand.

The only reason I relate this story is that apparently this is what's happening here locally. A salesperson related to me that you can't tell anymore. He said you used to be able to tell when a customer walked in the door if they wanted a 'higher end' auto... but anymore, he said, it could be a twenty-something in jeans and sneakers. Everyone that walks in has to be treated as though they're paying cash for the most expensive car we have on the lot.





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Those are the full sized scans.  If you click on the image and then click the box in the lower right with an arrow pointing up and right, it will open full sized.
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