this time, Sears -- which in its early history sold everything from doorknobs
to entire houses -- would begin selling its own make of automobile: the
ALLSTATE. It was a rebadged Kaiser "Henry J." model, the stripped-down
subcompact of its day. And, of course, it was outfitted with Allstate
brand tires and Allstate battery. You could even get Allstate-brand
insurance for your new Allstate roadster at Sears. Talk about the
convenience of true one-stop shopping.
wonder what became of Sears' experiment in selling insurance?)
"But what happens if
I brew a pot of EIGHT O'CLOCK COFFEE at 6:30 in the morning?"
"You'll fall asleep on your
way to work. The caffeine doesn't take effect until exactly 8:00
a.m. You might want to try the BOKAR instead. There's no time
restriction on that brand."
+ + + + + + + + +
The funny thing
is, while A&P is nearly extinct as a grocery chain (only a handful
of stores remain, mostly in the Northeast), their EIGHT O'CLOCK house-brand
evolved into a real brand name.
Info and historical
background may be found
I wasn't that
observant the last time I was in a Birmingham grocery store (assuming I
was in the coffee aisle at all!), but the website says it's available at
all the big supermarket chains.
And the old-style
font lives on. I like that.
CUP replied, "Buy us instead. We're happy to have your business;
we couldn't care less what time you start your percolator. 6:00 ...
7:00 ... 8:00 ... or even 2 in the afternoon, because vampires need joe,
brother, after all that coffee you've put away, your teeth are gonna look
awful; you'll need all the "Irium" you can get!)
Aw, COME ON.
What fools do you take us for anyway?? Look, people, if you're
gonna try and appear all nice and 'Home-Town', then at least duplicate
the old-west typeface on the little sign.
leads me to speculate if other versions appeared in papers across North
said it once, and I'll say it again: my hat's off to who(m)ever decided
to revive The Clown. It does my heart good to see it on Golden Flake
route trucks in the Savannah area. It's always a sweet taste of 'home'
whenever I find myself driving behind one.
of years ago somebody over here remarked to me in conversation how they
"liked that clown they just started putting on their packages and their
trucks. It looks really retro."
the urge to bore him to death with all the history and lore behind the
mascot, I calmly said, "That's because it IS."
be sure to look for the new thrill attraction out back: The Great Birmingham
Terror Climb! See if you can scale one of WSGN's two towers
without being frickaseed by its 5,000 watts. If you make it, you'll
be rewarded with an unforgettable view of of The Magic City! If not
.... tell your family not to sue us, okay?
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