Sunday, November 07, 2010

A Trip Down (Twisted) Memory Lane

When I was a kid, I read comics voraciously, including the ads.  One frequent advertiser was Johnson Smith Co., purveyors of all sorts of "novelties," from the infamous mousetrap gum to dirty soap and everything in between.  Needless to say, their catalogs were a highlight of our mail delivery in those days.  For some odd reason, I tossed them into Google and was delighted to find that Johnson Smith has not only survived, but is thriving.  They've branched out into a family of catalogs, but the old reliables of my childhood (2-headed quarters, fake vomit) are still there in the "Things You Never Knew Existed" catalog.  I'm wondering if my kids would properly appreciate "Poo Poo In A Can"...

Johnson Smith Co.
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