HARLEY-DAVIDSON: Race with the Leaves! (Nov, 1931)
Race with the leaves? Are you serious? That’s the best slogan you could come up with? To me a race implies a competitive event, with a winner and a looser. You don’t know who’s going to win from the outset, that’s what makes it a RACE. So what they are saying in this ad is: Cruising along on your Harley with the throttle all the way open, driving as fast as you can; you may still be passed by a leaf. You know a leaf, falling from a tree. Or kicked up by a light breeze.
Why not just say: “Harley Davidson – It’s faster than walking.”*
(except for very fast walkers)
Update: I saw (via Boing Boing) that the current Worth 1000 Photoshop contest is titled “Bad Ads“. I think that this ad fits the contest better than some of the actual entries, but they are very funny nonetheless. If you haven’t checked out the Worth 1K contests you should, they can be hilarious.
Race with the Leaves!
BREEZE down an Autumn road, free as the red leaves that swirl along with you. Open up the eager motor of your Harley-Davidson â€” feel the thrill of its power, the surge of its silent speed. What a motorcycle!
Have you seen the 1932 models? They are better performers than ever â€” handsomer, more comfortable, better equippedâ€”yet the prices are much lower.
Your dealer wants to show you these new Harley-Davidsons â€” and tell you about his Pay-As-You-Ride Plan. Why not look him up today?
Only $195 at Factory
Lowest-priced motorcycle ever offered by Harley-Davidson. A swift, sturdy Single, fully equippedâ€”complete electrical system, 3-speed transmission, front and rear brakes, all conveniences. Easy to handle â€” costs almost nothing to run. Ask your Dealer.
Ride a HARLEY-DAVIDSON
MAGIC MUSHROOM TRAYS (Mar, 1948)
I’m guessing that the term “Magic Mushroom” didn’t have the same connotation in 1948 that it has today…
Grow your own MUSHROOMS in your own HOME
MAGIC MUSHROOM TRAYS
Enjoy the thrill of picking fresh, delicious mushrooms at home. Keep your table supplied for months. The Magic Trays are completely developed with spawn. Simply place trays in basement, keep soil damp, mushrooms appear in two or three weeks. Each tray produces for two to four months. Simple instructions with each order. Magic Mushroom Trays are prepared by mushroom growers with years of experience, the same way as those used for commercial production. Trays are 14 x 18 inches. Shipping weight 25 lbs. Orders accepted all states â€” except West Coast aÂ»d deep South. Mail order now. Enclose check or money order. 4 for $5.00â€” lO for $10. Trays sent Motor Express or Railway Express.
HORLOCHER MUSHROOM FARMS
Play Guitar The Hawaiian Way (Feb, 1940)
Just what I’ve been looking for. A way to play without any of that tedious practice stuff. And who would have guessed the Oahu School of Music would be located in Cleveland?
HOW TO PLAY THE HAWAIIAN WAY
HAWAIIAN GUITAR- Learn to play this EASY. SHORT CUT WAY, right in your own home. No tedious practicing. No special talent necessary. Have fun. Be popular. Surprise your friends. Get “on the air.” Make money teaching others. Hundreds of our students now successful in orchestras teaching, radio. You can do the same.
FREE ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET
“How to play the Hawaiian way” tells all about this quick,
fascinating method. Write today. OAHU SCHOOL OF MUSIC, 2114 Payne Ave., Cleveland, Ohio