A few weeks ago I explored newspapers from 1949 and wrote briefly about a puzzle that appeared in the Hamilton Daily News Journal (OH) on September 22, 1949. On the same page was a huge ad from King's Cut Rate [drug store]. I picked out a few items of interest in case you have trouble reading the ad:
J. & J. Bandaid Tin of 36 29¢The Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol tickled me and I wanted to write a poem about it. Ultimately, what I wrote didn't tickle me, as an idea sometimes gets away and takes on a mind of its own.
Welch's Grape Juice Pint Bottle 22¢
50¢ Value Aspirin Tablets Bottle of 100 7¢
Electric Heating Pad $2.98
Save Money on Sanitary Protection Box of 48 Modess Now Only $1.27
Lilly's Insulin U40--10CC $1.26
Squibb's B Complex Tablets 100's $3.19
Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol: Shoots With a Bang and a Flash 59¢
Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol: Shoots
With a Bang and a Flash (1949 ad copy)
WITH A BANG AND A FLASH
On Jim's ninth birthday
his Grandpa bought him
a Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol.
Jim was the envy of all
the gang at the playground.
Little by little Jim changed
the rules of war. Finger guns
were dismissed as stupid.
He scoffed at their dirt bombs
and their sharpened sticks.
The mushroom cloud of all
their imaginations grew with
each threat of a bang and a flash.
Intimidation turned to domination,
turned at last to realization that
a bang and a flash were simply
a matter of percussion and friction.
False gods and friendship can
never co-exist. A choice had
to be made. Which would it be?
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
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