I read abolutely everything that was in a comic book, but I don’t think that I have ever in my life seen a “Grit”. Was aware of it, just never saw one.
Unfortunately, I had experienced and seen way too much crap at an early age to fall for such ads.
Violence and terror… in a Mississippi flood?
The editor must have thrown that in. Even on his worst day, Faulkner would never have stepped into such unnecessary redundancy.
You mean the ad, or the actual newspaper? I’ve never seen the newspaper either, which is why I couldn’t get the value of selling “Grit”*-- I eventually delivered our local newspaper like most kids my age, the market was already there, I didn’t have to convince anyone to buy it. And seeds? As much as I lusted after the telescope and archery set I knew I would feel dirty trying to convince people to buy something I didn’t want to buy myself.
(* I think we laughed the first time we saw an ad for Grit-- the headline of “Sell GRIT” conjured the image of offering people handfuls of sand from your pockets. )
You’ve a point.
I remember those ads. Two things crossed my mind:
- I never ever saw any evidence of Grit in the real world:
- Anything as badly named as “Grit” probably needed child slaves to distribute it as any adult w/ two brain cells would avoid it like the plague:
Yeah, it was always suspect, but the link @Steve_L provided above to the (still in existence!) Grit actually looks kinda intresting-- raising rabbits for meat, modern farmhouse plans, etc.-- seems like it’s just a rural thing so I would never have seen it in the over-populated suburbian sprawl of the Northeast.
Now that you mention it, I got an image in my mind of a guy in a trenchcoat (you know, the one the protagonist in a movie meets in a back alley to buy an “authentic” Rolex watch or piece of “gold” jewelry for cheap) who opens their coat to reveal hanging strips of sandpaper.
“You want the ultra-fine stuff, to make your woodworking project come out as smooth as a baby’s bottom? I got a 500 grit that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.”
There are rural sections of the Northeast – take a trip out to western Massachusetts and you’ll see trees as far as the eye can see.
No kidding. (Yes, I know, my grandmother had a farmhouse in Connecticut, and I’ve spent a lot of time in rural New England, but my impression is Grit was more a midwest thing.)
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