I will admit this may be a bit compulsive. But for me I want to immerse myself in everything about my Woody Boat. Zippers included. Since I did not grow up in 1948, just three years after the end of World War II and right before the epic 1950s, I want to get a feel for what sort of life was being lived when WECATCHEM was built and sold. 1948 to be specific in this case.
Ya ya, But to understand any art of the day, you must understand all the tings that drove that art, and in the case of a 1948 boat. How was it marketed, what was being said about it. What was the competition? What was the fashion of the day, the brands being used? Pettit was around big time with huge ads.
Paragon transmissions had a huge ongoing campaign. All of it. I was lucky enough to score a deal on all the issues from 1947 through the end of 1948. And reading them is a very strange thing.
I know it was written 60 years ago, and yet, to me its like I have found a perfect magazine for just me. All the brands I love are there, the articles are relevant and informative. Yet I know this is all old news. But never has the thought of good information is timeless, meant so much.
All the issues we have in the classic boat culture are all covered in these magazines. I swear one would subscribe to Motor Boat Magazine for this stuff. And no, they aint 25 cents anymore. I paid a nice chunk, but the insights and history as if its new today is priceless.