15 October 2019

1959 comic book advertisements

I'm giving a goodbye read to old comic books before disposing of them.  Yesterday evening I encountered the above page of advertisements on the inside back page of an issue of Caspar the Friendly Ghost.

I presume the "Safety Deposit Bank Vault" was of a size that a thief could pick it up and put it in their pocket.  But I'm more intrigued by the "Record Your Voice At Home" advertisement.  I believe in that era my father owned an Edison Voicewriter, which I thought was rather sophisticated (and which generated a couple records which I don't expect ever to be able to listen to).  I'm surprised that an equivalent device was marketed in childrens' comic books.


  1. Honor House Products:

    Thomas Wegman, whose late father, Edwin, ran one of the bigger companies, Honor House Products, out of warehouse in Lynbrook, LI, says it was mostly just a job to his dad.

    “I don’t think he ever made a ton of money out of the mail order,” Wegman says. “It was a business, but it wasn’t a multimillion-dollar thing.”

    The elder Wegman founded Honor House in 1951 (he had an uncle that dabbled in mail-order before him) and sold cheap goods often imported from Asia. The company lasted until the mid-1980s when the rising price of postage and comic books killed most novelty mail-order companies. (Edwin Wegman then went on to start a pharmaceutical company called BioSpecifics that operates out of the same building as the novelty business once did.)" (from New York Post, 10/05/2011)

    And the "Record Your Voice at Home": https://phil-are-go.blogspot.com/2017/09/honor-house-products-records-your-voice.html

  2. Purely by conincidence, I went from this post to: https://theawesomer.com/phonocut-home-vinyl-recorder/543524/

  3. There are companies (or people) out there that almost certainly can allow you to hear what is recorded on those records (as it might be precious beyond words). They can take it and put it on CD, etc., just like they can take Super 8 and put it on DVD. I hope you'll look into it, as that might be something you'd very much want to hear.

    ALSO, speaking of comics, there is a "graphic novel" called "Logicomix." It is the story of Bertrand Russell's search for mathematical truth (as well as some intertwined stories, etc.) It was highly regarded (my wife got it for me at Christmas a few years back). Like you, I loved comic books for the entertainment value, but this one actually educates you--you'll have a much better grasp of mathematics at the end.


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