It sold for $251.00 by the way.
It's followed by a great 1955 ad for Noma Christmas lights; we've dissected it into two parts so you can appreciate all the vintage goodness! Click on the photos.
Fab J Chien Church bank - J. Chein & Company was a toy company founded in 1903 by Julius Chein in 1903 in a loft in New York City. Their first toys were premiums made for Cracker Jack and even through a series of ups and downs, managed to stay in businesss as a toy making company until 1979 when toy making ceased entirely. Today, after decades of changing hands, the corporate heir to the rights is the U.S. Can Company who continues to make stamped metal products. See more here http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/07/j-chein-church-bank.html
Main Street USA—wonderful vintage postcards:
http://viewlinerltd.blogspot.com/2012/07/more-main-street-usa.html and http://viewlinerltd.blogspot.com/2012/07/main-street-usa.html - putzing inspiration for sure
Made in Japan over the top kitschiness! http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldglory/6400212873/in/pool-marykitschmas
Want more vintage? Including vintage tinplate, novelty catalogs, amazing ads and more--then go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/more-everything-crotons-fabulous_15.html