Once upon a time, there was a thriving business in America selling Bellhop Monkeys, Bermuda Bonnets, sneeze powder, itch powder, bending knives and dribbling water glasses.
It was called the Novelty business, and their products could be found advertised in the back of comic books or in hobby shops or in a section of certain toy stores.
I came across this complete wholesale catalogue from the San Francisco-based Freedman Novelty Company, run by one Alex Freedman out of an office down on Mission Street, and MAN, I wanted to dial up that warehouse and place an order!
Klondike 2 - 0121 - even their phone number was outta sight!
How many situations have YOU been in lately where that Squirt Pocket Mirror would have come in really handy!
P.S. Thanks to Diane for her comment and for sending me to this link. I loved this photo so much I've added it to the post to share it with you here.