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« Reply #7500 on: May 13, 2020, 04:43:07 AM »
I was wondering the same.  It sounded as if the night watchman was coming around on a regular basis.  That probably kept the burglars from absconding with the entire inventory of hooch.  Still, what they got away with probably amounted to a pretty penny.  After all, the black market could probably name their own price for the stuff.  Only doctors could write prescriptions to get booze legally, for medicinal purposes only.  I don't know if everybody catches that in the Gasoline Ally strips.  The fellows try to get the Doc character to write prescriptions up for them.   

I did catch that. There was the problem getting booze- but your local druggist appeared to have been a good replacement. I have been reading a little book called "fix the pumps" that is about old time soda fountains.

I had always pictured them like the 1950's malt shoppe. But the author paints a very different picture of the early soda fountains (and particularly those operating during prohibition.) He states that many of the druggists would add all kinds of uppers and downers to their concoctions and that many were far more addictive than any vodka that was outlawed. It has been a very interesting read, so far...

Also, it has lots of recipes for different early drinks before a soda became a bland, carbonated sweet beverage...


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« Reply #7501 on: May 14, 2020, 04:08:02 AM »
Nice.  A very interesting book there WOTR.

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« Reply #7502 on: May 14, 2020, 04:11:10 AM »
May 14, 1920.  Public Domain.

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« Reply #7503 on: May 15, 2020, 03:31:06 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 15, 1920.


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« Reply #7504 on: May 15, 2020, 03:37:03 AM »
May 15, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7505 on: May 16, 2020, 12:41:53 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 15, 1920.



"The bodies represent the first world war men to be buried there..." That was a very confusing statement until I finally remembered that they could not have known that there would be a second world war. it was not the "first world war", but rather they were the first from THE world war. Kind of threw me...

BTW, "fix the pumps" would have been slang for "check out her chest" among the soda jerks.  ;)

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« Reply #7506 on: May 16, 2020, 06:21:58 AM »
May 16, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7507 on: May 17, 2020, 04:37:53 AM »
May 17, 1920.  Public Domain.

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« Reply #7508 on: May 18, 2020, 03:01:08 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 18, 1920.




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« Reply #7509 on: May 18, 2020, 03:07:43 AM »
May 18, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7510 on: May 19, 2020, 02:24:25 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 19, 1920.


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« Reply #7511 on: May 19, 2020, 02:28:25 AM »
May 19, 1920.  Public Domain


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« Reply #7512 on: May 20, 2020, 02:59:29 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 20, 1920.




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« Reply #7513 on: May 20, 2020, 03:06:29 AM »
May 20, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7514 on: May 21, 2020, 03:14:56 AM »
May 21, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7515 on: May 22, 2020, 03:09:14 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 22, 1920.


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« Reply #7516 on: May 22, 2020, 03:13:59 AM »
May 22, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7517 on: May 23, 2020, 03:05:51 AM »
From the Queensland State Archives.


Charles Geise (aka James Doyle)
DOB: 1892
From: Queensland
Trade: Station Hand
Portrait Taken: 23 May 1920
Offence: Obtaining £5 by false pretenses
Sentence: 12 months suspended

Public Domain  https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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« Reply #7518 on: May 23, 2020, 03:11:54 AM »
May 23, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7519 on: May 24, 2020, 01:10:39 AM »
May 23, 1920.  Public Domain

From memory, 12 cylinder engines were reserved for more of the "luxury" automobiles. Gasoline ally does not seem like a place that would see a lot of them.

Do you know if the comic was "syndicated"? Was it "coast to coast", or did it just run in one area of the country or a single city?

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« Reply #7520 on: May 24, 2020, 03:35:28 AM »
From memory, 12 cylinder engines were reserved for more of the "luxury" automobiles. Gasoline ally does not seem like a place that would see a lot of them.

Do you know if the comic was "syndicated"? Was it "coast to coast", or did it just run in one area of the country or a single city?

It started off in a Chicago paper thirteen days after WWI ended.  In fact, Walt Wallet was a soldier in the war but I've yet to see him mention anything about it.  But yes, it was/is syndicated by an outfit called Tribune Content Agency.  They have offices nationwide plus in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.  So, Walt runs a garage, right?  Funny because there are never any customers picking up their cars or anything. And those other guys, Bill, Avery and Doc, seem to work for Walt and yet they spend lots of time working on their own cars.  I guess they are Walt's neighbors also.  In three more years, somebody will leave a baby boy on Walt's doorstep.  Walt is old in the current run of the strip.  In real time though, he would be over 120 years old.  Those three other guys actually die off as the years progress. 

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« Reply #7521 on: May 24, 2020, 03:40:02 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 24, 1920.

   

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« Reply #7522 on: May 24, 2020, 03:46:03 AM »
May 24, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7523 on: May 24, 2020, 10:49:06 AM »

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« Reply #7524 on: May 24, 2020, 02:19:45 PM »
It started off in a Chicago paper thirteen days after WWI ended.  In fact, Walt Wallet was a soldier in the war but I've yet to see him mention anything about it.  But yes, it was/is syndicated by an outfit called Tribune Content Agency.  They have offices nationwide plus in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.  So, Walt runs a garage, right?  ...Those three other guys actually die off as the years progress.

Cool. I had not idea it went through all of that. When they "killed off" the other characters, did they actually have them "die" in the comic, or did the just disappear?

Here is today’s:

https://www.gocomics.com/gasolinealley/2020/05/24
Kind of amazing to see it still going. I wonder if he sold the rights to continue illustrating it? I might have to actually google it.

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« Reply #7525 on: May 24, 2020, 02:21:58 PM »
Cool. I had not idea it went through all of that. When they "killed off" the other characters, did they actually have them "die" in the comic, or did the just disappear?
Kind of amazing to see it still going. I wonder if he sold the rights to continue illustrating it? I might have to actually google it.

Yeah, you can get the history of here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasoline_Alley


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« Reply #7527 on: May 25, 2020, 04:00:29 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union., May 25, 1920.


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« Reply #7528 on: May 25, 2020, 04:04:45 AM »
May 25, 1920.  Public Domain

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« Reply #7529 on: May 26, 2020, 03:51:41 AM »
May 26, 1920.  Public Domain