Recently we got this wonderful story from fellow Woody Boater Andy from PA. It involves Craigslist if that entices you to read on. I used to do the same thing with car companies. Poor sales guys. These were not form letters and some poor lady named Betty had to type them. For the record we love stories like this here at Woody Boater and encourage you to share like Andy did! Thanks Andy. Take it away, the floor is yours.
My brother and father are into boats as well, and this past summer, my brother traveled out to the eastern reaches of Pennsylvania to pick up a Craigslist 15 hp Johnson Seahorse and two Evinrude Big Twins of a nice gentleman. He had been into boats and motors since he was young, and after talking to my brother and selling him the motors (he was clearing out the last of his stash) he invited him into the house for dinner (because everyone you buy from on Craigslist is this nice). After the dinner he said “wait right here, since you like old motors and boats, I have something else for you” Well, he came back and handed an old yellow envelope to my brother, saying that when he was a teenager in the 1950’s he really liked boats, and quickly learned that if you wrote the manufacturers or dealerships, they had no clue how old you were and would send back literature and a letter, treating you like a potential customer. As a result, he gathered together a nice collections of letters, pamphlets, and mailers touting the latest and greatest they had to offer. Inside that envelope, kept all these years was the small but complete collection, which he gave to my brother, that he would appreciate them, and save them for future boaters. With that, my brother was off, with three motors, a unique collection of vintage boat literature and a full stomach! You can’t beat that!
My brother certainly does appreciate the literature collection, and has shared it with my father and I. But what fun are cool things and stories like this if you can’t share them with others? So, my brother has allowed me to scan and share these artifacts with you. We have scratched out the names to protect the innocent (We’ll call the young lad G.L.), but that certainly does not take away from the advertisements and stationary. If you like this, let me know, we have some more sets to share.
This first installment comes from 1953 by way of the Pelican Marine Sales Co. from Malvern, PA… a Mercury and Trojan Boat dealership. I really dig the stationary!
Thanks Andy from PA, keep’m coming!