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Vintage Advertising Print - Frances Hook. The girls are part of the American Beauties for Northern Tissue Paper and the boys were part of the Northern Towels All American Boys. Both Northern Tissue & Northern Towel were part of the Northern Paper Company. These prints were premiums that customers had to send away for. These illustrations also appeared in the Saturday Evening Post advertisements for the paper products. Frances Hook started these illustrations in 1958.
Mikey and his two buddies Billy Joe and Bobby Ray were hanging around recently and decided to go for a spin in Billy Joe’s new wheels. Unfortunately for them, they slid on ice and had a horrendous accident, sending them to meet their maker. When they get to the Pearly Gates, they are told by St. Peter that from there they have to climb 1000 steps to heaven. At each step he will tell them a joke; if they don’t laugh they can continue up the stairs. If they laugh, they will not be able to reach heaven.
Up the stairs they go and Bobby Ray makes it to the 45th step before he laughs and is banished from heaven. Billy Ray fairs much better making it to the 200th step before bursting out in laughter of St. Peter’s joke. Mikey, makes it all the way to stair number 999 and then breaks up and chortles St. Peter tells him the joke. “Why did you laugh,” St. Peter asks. To which Mikey replies, “I just got the first joke.”
George Zolton Lefton was a Hungarian Jew who left his home country for a better life in 1939. Originally, Mr. Lefton was involved in making sportswear; however his passion and hobby had been collecting fine porcelains. In 1941 he opened Lefton China in Chicago, Illinois and in 1945 he signed his first agreement with a Japanese company to import products marked “Made in Occupied Japan.”
The Lefton China Company produced many things over the years including cookie jars, figurines, head vases and teapots that are highly prized by collectors. The quality of the goods that this company has produced over the years has been generally accepted as good. Lefton China continued to import porcelain products from Japan until the mid-1970’s, after which they started importing from Taiwan and Malaysia. In 2005, OMT enterprises purchased the company but Lefton products lives on.