We Could Learn FROM A NAZI SLAVE – We Motorists! (Jun, 1942)

Remember to always pay close attention when a Nazi enslaved zombie Frankenstein gives you car care tips, or you could end up just like them!

We Could Learn FROM A NAZI SLAVE – We Motorists!

They can give us some worth-while pointers … those Greeks and Danes and Frenchmen … Serbs and Czechs and Poles … who once were proud, free men like ourselves.

They never had cars —most of them —even before the Horror came. They don’t know about brakes or batteries or tires. But they do know things we haven’t yet learned.

They do know about tanks . . . that turned peaceful village streets into nightmares of blood and fear and death. They know about dive bombers … that filled the night with the light of burning homes and the cries of slaughtered children. They know the cost… in pain and shame and misery… of holding freedom too lightly or defending it too late.

They know there’ll be no more freedom anywhere . . . until America answers tanks with tanks and planes with planes until no power-mad dictator dares to stand against us. They know that every minute and machine and ounce of material wasted adds risk that . . . America, too, may be too late.

For even America cannot build weapons fast enough —and build luxuries, too. Even our production magic can’t make guns and car repair parts from the same bit of steel… Can’t make tires and tank treads from the same pounds of rubber.

So they beg of us … those conquered peoples, and our own sons at the front… Guard what we have! Against waste! Against wear! America must and will have transportation — to keep war production at full blast. We must and will have heat and food and clothes. But we have none to waste!

The rubber in our tires is a sacred trust. Care will make it last… a year … two years … even more. The mileage in our cars .. . careful lubrication will prolong it —keep present parts serviceable—prevent waste of vital time and materials on avoidable repairs.

Anything wasted helps the Axis. Every repair part saved—every ounce of rubber and metal freed for vital uses—is our contribution to the cause … Our part as individuals in speeding victory.

GUARD YOUR CAR—FOR FREEDOM’S SAKE

Don’t Speed. Avoid racing starts —violent stops —fast turns. Sane driving saves tires—fuel—and repairs.

Protect your car with ample lubrication. Whether you prefer Alemite lubricants or others—get them regularly, every 1,000 miles. Change gear lubricant Spring and Fall for average driving. Follow maker’s instructions on shock absorbers, brake fluid, wheel bearings.

Use top-quality motor oil— keep crankcase filled—change every 1,000 miles.

Six to ten different lubricants are needed to protect a modern car. Go to a dealer who knows your car—has the necessary lubricants —and the equipment to use them.

To save fuel, have carburetor and ignition parts cleaned and properly adjusted Spring and Fall.

Check tire pressure every week —wheel alignment every 6 months to prevent excessive or uneven wear.

Don’t waste mileage. If you must drive to work, take others and rotate driving days.

This message is published by Stewart-Warner Corporation, Chicago, Ill., solely in the interest of speeding American victory. We have no ax to grind… our machines have been converted to the making of essential materials for war and war production. We hope that we may soon serve civilian needs again. But until this war is won, those needs must wait. There’s a bigger job to be done.

STEWART-WARNER CORPORATION

7 comments
  1. Mike says: March 15, 20114:45 pm

    Who isn’t the Stewart-Warner Corporation calling a Nazi these days?

  2. Anton says: March 16, 20115:06 am

    Mike: The author used the term “slave”. He was calling all the people in those countries defeated up to then (1942) “Nazi slaves” (not “Nazi” adherents). But in today’s standards in the USA even that might be considered unfair name calling. Those were days when media and advertising propaganda were very wild against national origin. Some of that propaganda in America did cause harm which even remained after the Nazi and other evil dictatorships were defeated.

  3. Mike says: March 16, 201110:12 am

    Anton. “Racist”, “Nazi” and “Slave” are all over used in modern times, I was just cracking a joke at how terms are over used today. It seems you can make 10.7 million dollars this year and claim you are a slave.

  4. JMyint says: March 16, 201110:47 am

    Actually, the author of that copy was probably using the term “slave” in the literal sense not figuratively. Hitler had outlined before the war that Eastern Europe should be used to provide labourers for Germany. Even before the war the Nazi’s were using ‘undesirables’ as forced unpaid labour.

  5. Charlene says: March 16, 20111:43 pm

    What any of this has to do with radios is beyond me.

  6. John says: March 16, 20115:07 pm

    Charlene: It had nothing to do with radios. Or refrigerators, casters or Stewart Die Castings. They make it pretty clear in the last paragraph:

    “This message is published by Stewart-Warner Corporation, Chicago, Ill., solely in the interest of speeding American victory. We have no ax to grind… our machines have been converted to the making of essential materials for war and war production. We hope that we may soon serve civilian needs again. But until this war is won, those needs must wait. There’s a bigger job to be done.”

    While they were switched to war production they were exhorting the American public to maintain what they had as far as their vehicles were concerned.

  7. John Savard says: March 16, 20117:15 pm

    They did make Alemite lubricants for cars, as the advertisement does briefly mention. So cars were related to their business, which is why they didn’t tell people how to avoid waste when using their radios or refrigerators in this ad.

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