A Rifle for Everybody - 1902 Sears catalog. Also, vintage race expedition.

Today we're off on a photographic expedition to the VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, taking pictures of gorgeous old race cars and shopping for the latest designs in underchin drool buckets. While we're away, please enjoy these listings for rifles, from the 1902  Sears catalog (a time when, in America, 90% of the people you pass on the street could do at least two different "hog hollers", unlike today, when only 30% are so able, the programming efforts of The "Discovery" Channel notwithstanding). One item  is a "safety rifle", meant for children, and the other is a rifle designed just for cyclists! They just really really wanted everybody to have guns everywhere, all the time.

How many proud Junior Safety Rifle owners were heard to announce to their friends "Yessir! This here's a jin-you-WINE Quackenbush!" All of them, I hope. I imagine Wash Hogwallop's son had a Quackenbush Safety Rifle. He's sitting on a Sears and Wards catalog in this scene from O Brother, Where Art Thou, where he's about to R-U-N-N-O-F-T.

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Charlie said...

And just what is the bag limit for bicyclists this year?

PhilAreGo@gmail.com said...

I think you're allowed to kill up to two cyclists with Chicago's city limits.



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