Want to sell brooms? Get yourself a semi-nude pinup girl wearing leopard print from the top up, put your info onto a cardboard blotter and your brooms will be flying out the door. Or so you hoped back in the 1930s.
This lot of 20 vintage advertising blotters give you a glimpse of services and products that were being pushed on blotters, circa 1920s to 1950s.
Back in those blotter days, everyone needed one because people were using fountain pens that leaked and dribbled all over. You needed a good absorbent cardboard blotter to clean up the mess.
Most of these are from the New York area but there's a North Carolina 1924 calendar blotter, the Pennsylvania Hamburg Broom Works, and even a Motor Mart Garage shop in Montreal. There are cigarette specials (Camels, Old Golds, Chesterfields and Lucky Strike at 2 for 25c), a Queens drugstore selling a large bottle of soda for 9c, and a Virginia hotel offering a room with a bath from $2. There's lots of employment help offered too.
The blotter backs are unused...just some pencil writing on one back.
Overall, the lot is in very good to excellent vintage condition.
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Lot of 20 Old Advertising Blotters 1920s to 1950s