[Life, November 15, 1937. Click for a larger view.]
I like the idea of a hat-holding man asking a librarian, and a college president, and a newspaper editor, and a bookseller for dictionary advice, even if the illustration makes the hat-holder look like a representative of the local loan shark. “Time? We’ll give you time — in the hospital!”
I invested in a Webster’s Second (a 1954 copy) a year ago. No loan sharks were involved. I’ve cited this beautiful, dowdy dictionary in at least a dozen posts. I like having both the Second and the Third in the same room. Sparks sometimes fly.
Here are three more Merriam-Webster ads, from 1965, 1966, and 1967.
All OCA dictionary posts (Pinboard)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By Michael Leddy at 6:50 AM