Lady Driver

Here in the 1920s, more and more women are learning how to drive. I clipped the photo above from am ad for "Ford closed cars" and placed it on my dresser, so that it will inspire me when my brother Charlie teaches me how to drive. Frankly, I'm a little nervous about the prospect. But it would be nice to travel between Kerryville and Chicago without always having to wait for a train.

 The ad copy reads, "To the woman at the wheel of a Ford car, every road seems straight and smooth; hills melt away and rough places are easy. This is because of care-free confidence in its responsive, sure performance. When a woman hesitates to manage a heavy car; when she needs an extra one for personal or family use, or when her means forbid the drain of high upkeep cost, she should have the easily handled, easily parked, reliable service of a Ford. She finds, also, that comfort and perfection of motor have not run away with cost and she can make unlimited use of her car without anxiety or care or upkeep."

I'm all for easy driving, easy parking, and easy upkeep...but I must admit, the repetition of "easy" in the ad seems just a tad condescending.

What do you think about lady drivers--marvelous or menace? 



You're the Cream in My Coffee FREE today on Amazon!

Just learned from Jennifer that the electrical version of You're the Cream in My Coffee is FREE today (1/5/2017) on Amazon. I still don't understand why anyone would want to electrify a book. What happens if you want to read in the bath?

Or maybe it's the electronic version, whatever that means. I can never keep those terms straight.

(And while I'm being curmudgeonly about 21st-century retail practices, whatever happened to genteel bookstores like our Kroch's--later called Kroch's and Brentano's? I suppose by now they've tossed that one away, too. Here in 1927 Mr. Adolph Kroch has just opened a brand-new location at 206 N. Michigan. I go there sometimes on my lunch hour to see a larger selection of books even than Marshall Field's--but shhh, don't tell Marcella Hahner* I sent you.


At any rate, if you haven't read our book, or you know someone else who'd enjoy it (which is, let's be honest, everybody), then today's your chance to get it for zero clams.


Photo and caption from Leslie Goddard's excellent book, Remembering Marshall Field's

What will happen to the old Marshall Field's?

Holy cats! Is my dear old workplace, Chicago's great Marshall Field's store, going to become unrecognizable soon? Or worse (gasp), perhaps disappear forever?

I realize you 21st-century moderns turned Marshall Field's into that other word that starts with M, Macy's, even though it will always be Field's to those of us who love it. But now it appears even Macy's is closing a jillion stores. What gives, people? Do I have to come up there to your century and straighten things out?

I'm heading up to stare at the Tiffany dome for a while and collect my wits. You coming?