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Red Ryder, Dick Tracy, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry do their damnedest to get you selling seeds

September 12, 2012

In old comics you now and again see ads hawking the prizes that kids could earn simply by selling seeds, in some reverse reworking of the Jack and the Beanstalk formula — and also related to the classic GRIT slave-labor business model. The American Seed Company was really pulling out all the stops with this all-star lineup, though. A Red Ryder gun, a Dick Tracy camera (which we’ve seen before), and a Gene Autry guitar are natural, mouth-watering fits, though Roy Rogers binoculars seem like an ill-fitting stretch. “We already gave Red the gun, Roy.” “But there’s a pistol right beneath the binoculars. Can’t I have that?”

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