Just curious -- Did folks wax their cars in the 'teens and twenties? Was car wax available then?
Many farmers had beehives with lots of beeswax.
Today we have Great products made by Mothers Polishes-Waxes-Cleaners.
I'd like to take this time say "Thank You" to them for their sponsorship of the recent Montana 500 Event.
Some people thought it made a real difference in the speed of their car. It certainly made some look very nice! It's extremely easy to use as well.
I have no relationship with Mothers but if your planning a car event you may contact me for info how to get some swell products from them.
Wax on Wax off comes to mind here. :-)
Ed -- What's the vintage of that ad?
From a 1920 Western Auto Supply Catalog
I remember reading somewhere it was recommended to wipe down your car with kerosene to preserve the finish.
The earliest ad I could find was 1914. This neat can is on eBay now, I don't know the age of it. It is the back of the can.
After a certain age, whatever that may be, everything reminds you of something else. In this case, Johnson's wax reminds me of a story told by comedy writer Phil Leslie. Everybody remembers the show as Fibber McGee & Molly, but Harlow Wilcox always announced "The Johnson's wax Program with Fibber McGee and Molly!" One time a listener in Mississippi found something in the show offensive, and wrote saying she'd never listen again and would never again buy the sponsor's product. Head writer Don Quinn responded with "As for never listening again, we never knew you were there, so we won't miss you. As for never using Johnson's wax again, it isn't meant for dirt floors anyway."
Some automotive polishes from the era
Dan, Love the FORD polish can! Whoda thunk Ford marketed a car polish. As far as the other polish goes I couldn't imagine marketing a product with a name like WHIZ these days unless it was a diuretic. :-)
When I lived in Arlington TX about 30 years ago I had a very close Model T friend that was a member of the greatest generation. He was one of my T mentors and served in the artillery during the war. For some reason he was hard of hearing. Long Story. I was very honored and saddened to be asked to be a pall bearer when he passed. For all of the years I knew him he would add a dollop of kerosene to the bucket of water he used to wash his T. His T always had a nice shine to it. His personality did not need any more shine and he had great stories of growing up during the depression. I miss him. Sorry for the drift.
Whiz was actually a major brand. I have several different cans and of a couple different products. That can, however, is earlier than most. Most of them have a mostly blue and yellow label, and date from the '20s. That one appears a bit earlier.
The Ford can is also very unusual, and neat!
I did a quick Google and eBad search for Whiz auto products. Maybe I didn't ask quite right, but I only found a few things and very little information.
I did see a nice early "Nickel Polish" can like the one above on eBad. Didn't look close enough to see anything about the listing (afraid I might want it).
Considering how many Whiz cans I still see at swap meets, I was surprised I didn't see more on eBad. Some sellers are crazy what they want for those things. Either that, or I need to sell a bunch of my stuff and try to buy that Studebaker I want.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Thanks, Guys -- I got my answer and then some.
It's interesting that the Johnson's Wax and some others were intended for floors, furniture, and automobiles. "One size fits all!"