Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Season Post #1....supporting Tuberculosis through the Christmas Seal Campaign in Canada from 1903....

The upcoming Christmas Season brings a different twist to the Hot Rods and Jalopies blog pages....we get nostalgic, don't you??  FIGHTING TUBERCULOSIS WITH CHRISTMAS SEALS from 1903....

.....At the beginning of the 1900's tuberculosis was a greatly feared disease, and its harmful effects on children seemed particularly cruel.  In 1903 Einar Holbell, a Danish postal clerk developed the idea of adding an extra charitable stamp to mailed holiday greetings during Christmas.....the money being raised could help children sick with tuberculosis.  By 1904 the world's first Christmas seal was issued with over 4 million sold in the first year in Danish Currency 0.02 per seal.

The campaign then spread throughout the Scandinavian Countries and into Europe and continues to be popular today.
.......and in 1908, the campaign had reached other countries including Canada.  Interested people in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario began Christmas Seal campaigns to build and support sanatoriums, as tuberculosis hospitals were called back then.
 The Toronto Globe came promptly to their aid and in early December, began running daily stories on the front page giving news of the campaign.  The column was bordered by holly so that readers could easily spot it.
The above stamps are not from my own collection but the ones in the three next groups are.  My mother saved some of the stamps from her teen years and into the war years after she was married and my father was in the service.  Be sure to click on all groups and individual prints to enlarge them to screen size.

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One story in the Toronto Globe told how the children of 58 Toronto schools had sold 10,000 Christmas seals.  Another issue announced that out of Regina, Saskatchewan another paper, the Regina Leader had written to say its staff would sell the seals and send the money back to the sanatorium being built in the Muskoka region of Southern Ontario.
This next group from 1953 to 1961 was an Internet find.

From Saint John, New Brunswick, the Rev. G. A. Moore wrote to say that he and other volunteers would sell 6,500 and send the money to Toronto for the Sanatorium.

The two very colourful advertising posters above are from the early part of the 20th century and the one below from 1952 give a serious reason to buy and use Christmas Seals.

Continuing with the story from above - That first year, the Toronto campaign brought in $6,114.25 and Hamilton citizens gave $1,244.40 during hard times.  Year by year other cities across Canada tried the Christmas Seal campaign as a means not only of raising money but of creating the awareness that tuberculosis could be controlled.

Finally, in 1927, it was agreed that the Christmas Seal Campaign was to be the official method for tuberculosis associations to appeal to the public for funds.  A national seal was established.

There were many creative means used to advertise the purchase and use of Christmas Seals such as these milk bottle caps from the 1940's.

......and also these milk bottle neck rings.

Christmas Seal campaigns have played an important role in public health.  At first the money raised was used for the new and badly needed sanatoriums.  When these were established, Christmas Seal funds were used for TB prevention.  The seals have paid for millions of Canadians to have chest X-rays of tuberculin tests.  As a result, thousands of TB cases were discovered before the disease had spread to others.

On a sad note - Hopes that the disease could be completely eliminated were dashed in the 1980's with the rise of drug-resistant strains.  TB cases in Britain, numbering around 117,000 in 1913, had fallen to around 5,000 in 1987, but cases rose again reaching 6,300 in 2000 and 7,600 cases in 2005.  Due to the elimination of public health facilities in New York and the emergence of HIV, there was a resurgence of TB in the late 1980's.  New York had to cope with more than 20,000 TB patients with multidrug-resistant strains.
In response to this resurgence, the World Health Organization issued a declaration of a global health emergency in 1993....every year nearly half a million new cases of multidrug-resistant TB are estimated to occur worldwide.....
Consequently...continued support is needed.

Here is a typical advertisement by movie and television stars supporting the purchase and use of Christmas Seals.  
..........The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

.......and finally....did you know...................
Thank you for watching and supporting Hot Rods and Jalopies.  Look for more Christmas Season posts soon.

Friday, November 14, 2014

ARE YOU READY?....the "REAL" WINTER is on its way...prepare your wheels for freeze-up....

This is a little deviation on what we normally do on Hot Rods and Jalopies.  I was always fascinated by vintage advertising and have quite a collection of it on my own PC.
There are literally hundreds of brands of Anti-freeze to keep the coolant in your car from freezing in the winter months including all the major oil company brands.  The most well known is likely "Prestone"....I will cover a few others as well as some obscure ones here...... so without further adieu HR&J presents "Anti-Freeze".
If you're nervous driving around highways and freeways in the Winter months today in your modern automobile....just imagine what it would be like back in the 1920's and 1930's when many of the cars on the road didn't even have an interior heater, or even side window glass or snow tires.
Love the '32 Ford Coupe with the cardboard over the radiator to warm things up a little!...CLICK ON ME TWICE!

The Ghost of Winter Freeze-up!!

"Prestone" is a brand of Anti-freeze  originally made by Union Carbide.  Several varieties of Anti-freeze are sold under the Prestone name, in addition to radiator additives, such as stop leaks.  The Prestone name is also used for other automotive chemicals including windshield washer fluid, lock de-icer and gas line antifreeze.
Check out this wonderful billboard "Prestone" advertisement from the 1930's in Vancouver, B.C.
....Click on all ads and photos to enlarge.

1930's Billboard ad from Vancouver, B.C.

War-time Prestone Advertisement!
1930's Prestone Magazine Advertisement!

These are great old winter photos.....Here's a 1938 Buick ploughed in while the family was watching a movie back in Boston in 1940.....hope he installed his "PRESTONE".

Here's one more "Prestone" magazine advertisement from the early 1950's.  The art work was incredible and the price was reasonable.
SUPER PYRO anti=freeze was made by U.S. Industrial Chemical company in the 1930s and claimed that for only $2.00 you could protect your car from freeze-up for the whole winter long.  Click-on to enlarge.

The Aflac looking duck was used by the Zerex company way before the insurance seen here.  
Zerex was manufactured by DuPont Chemicals.  They claimed back in the 1970's that if you punctured a can of Zerex anti freeze that it would seal itself (do you remember the TV commercials and claims?).  DuPont pulled the ads because of court cases due to a variety of false advertisements, and not just for anti-freeze.

A 1940 magazine advertisement for "Trek" anti-freeze.  Trek was manufactured by the National Carbon Co. Inc. from New York.  This ad appeared in a Canadian publication called Liberty Magazine.  Again, the graphic art is wonderful with the 1939/40 car shown.  The price was only $1.00/gallon or .25 cents a quart.

 "Thermo" anti-freeze here was manufactured by an odd named company called "Publicker Commercial Alcohol Co." in Philadelphia, and was also sold for only $1.00/gallon.  Commercial oil companies like Texaco here and many others had their own brand names.  This Texaco one was called "Texaco PT" which only stood for "permanent type".

Another brand name was "Hot-Shot"....produced by "Gooderham and Worts Limited" in Toronto and Montreal, Ontario Canada.

Another post snow storm winter shot taken somewhere in North America in 1922.  The first car has some side curtains but note that the second car is totally full of snow...and we complain today....LOL!

This final photo shows a bulk drum of Anti-freeze sold by the Fort Motor Company in its day for .25 cents/quart.
Hope you enjoyed our beginning of winter post on Hotrods and Jalopies.  As of this date, Hotrods and Jalopies has had over 206 thousand hits......Please keep coming back for more!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


An early REMEMBRANCE DAY POST - This past June 6th 2014 was the 70th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion of Europe, WWII.  
It was the largest amphibious invasion in history which changed the course of the second world war.
Allied troops numbering nearlly 200,000 boarded 7,000 ships and more than 3.000 aircraft and headed towards Normandy.  About 156,000 troops landed on the French beaches, 24,000 by air and the rest by sea.
They met stiff resistance from heavily defended German positions across more than 50 miles of French coastline.
The credits to these photos(starting the second one down) belong to Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid and Reuters photographer Chris Helgren.  
They gathered archive pictures from the 1944 invasion, tracked down the actual locations and photographed them as they appear today.
It is incredible to see the transition from "then" til "now", and to see the difference 70 years can make.  Click on each pair or group of photos once or twice - scroll around to see the similarities and the differences.

June 1944 - American Craft of all styles pictured at Omaha Beach, Normandy during the first stages of the Allied Invasion - A view of the beach near Coleville-sur-mer, France.

US troops stand by with stores on Omaha Beach after the D-Day landings - the new photo taken May 2014 as the same spot near Vierville-sur-mer, France.

June 1944 - German prisoners guarded by British Soldiers from the Second Army on Juno Beach - The May 2014 photo shows a view of the beach in Bernieres-sur-mer in Normandy today....note building in the centre background.

June 6, 1944 - A Canadian soldier directs traffic in Bernieres-sur-mer.  14,000 Canadian soldiers had landed at nearby Juno Beach.  The May 2014 photo is a view of Notre-Dame Nativity Church as it looks today.

June 6, 1944 - Troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division land at Juno Beach on the outskirts of Bernieres-sur-mer on D-Day - The current photo taken May 2014 is a seafront view of that Normandy Beach today where 340 Canadian Soldiers lost their lives in the battle for the beachhead.

June 6/44 Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade make their way from the Landing Craft Infantry (small) LCI(S) onto "Nan Red" beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer - The May 2014 photo is a view at Juno Beach today.

June/44 - Boats with US troops wait to leave Weymouth to take part in Operation Overlord - The April 2014 photo shows the harbour of the English town today.  This was the location used as a launching place for Allied Troops participating in the invasion of Nazi Occupied France on D-Day.

July/44 - US Army trucks and jeeps drive through the ruins at Saint-Lo - The current May 2014 photo is of the roadway there.  Saint-Lo was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord.

Strong contrasts of WAR & PEACE is shown here with the body of a dead German Soldier who lies in the main square of Place Du Marche after the town was taken by U.S. troops who landed nearby at Omaha Beach in Treveires, France on June 15, 1944.  The current photo from Aug 2013 is taken in the exact location.

Incredible contrasts shown here as well - A crashed US fighter plane on the waterfront sometime after Canadian Forces came ashore at Juno Beach on D-Day - The old and new photos were taken at Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer, France in June of 1944 and August of 2013.

 There are many more photos similar to these but just wanted to post a few to establish the contrast between WARTIME and PEACETIME.

Our own families......I was born right after D-Day begun.
My Mother and Father, My Father and Mother-in-law - Thank you for coming home safely.....but remember the ones who did not !

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Instead of posting a new group of items this year, I'm attaching links to other Halloween years on HR& each one then come back.  Enjoy.

I guess I didn't do posts in 2010 and 2011.  Thanks for looking and continue to come back to HR&J...Gotta love The Munsters......and George Barris!