Classic Captions – 1925 Dodge Touring Car Edition

1925 Dodge Touring Car
In the words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different…”
The ad art featured in the Classic Captions series typically dates from the 1950s through ’80s. But in my quest for journalistic excellence novelty, we’re going all the way back to the roaring 20s, when cars were still young and magazine illustrations were still drawn by hand. In this monochromatic depiction from 1925, Ma is tending her flowers when a uniformed boy jumps out of a man’s touring car and runs to her holding a leather bag and a be-ribboned proclamation of some sort. Is her son a recent military school graduate? I can only assume the context of this scene was less inscrutable to the ad’s contemporary audience, but today it could as easily be a delivery boy, notifying her that she’s won American Tourister’s free luggage giveaway. And is the man in the car just dropping him off, or is that Dad? And if so, why is he still behind the wheel? It’s all up to you good people: tell us what you see in this image with a clever caption.

1961 01 Aero Willys 1st Gen PropLast week’s trip to Willys’ (“Willys’s”?) phony Brazilian beach was ripe for the riffing, and you guys didn’t disappoint. That clever and urbane professor mdharrell won the most upvotes with his unexpected reference to the background illustration: “…and now we’re lost in a Chuck Jones feature. I knew we should’a taken that left turn at Albuquerque.” Repeat winner

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  1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    Guess what ma, New Dad said I got into military school!

  2. Citric Avatar

    Mama! It’s the award for “Most Delicately Held Gardening Spade!” Just for you!

  3. The Real Number_Six Avatar
    The Real Number_Six

    Middle school graduation: as uniquely American and bourgeois as the 1925 Dodge and military prep school.

  4. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    “Maam, you’ve been drafted!”
    “One little spade and I’ll be able to Dodge this easily”

  5. Papa Van Twee Avatar
    Papa Van Twee

    Look ma! I graduated from the CCA! (Community Corrections Association in today’s terms).

  6. engineerd Avatar

    “Look mom! Father Rogers gave me this CCA award. He said tomorrow he’d give me something else. I can’t wait!”
    CCA: Catholic Campaign for America

  7. Prince Halibrand Avatar
    Prince Halibrand

    “Hey Mom, the paternity test came back! He really _IS_ my dad after all!”

  8. Batshitbox Avatar

    Here we see the fruit of proletarian youth fresh from studies at the Communist Culinary Academy, arriving at the farm to guide the sturdy rural workers, trowels raised in joy, towards a high yield crop of delicacies for the plates of the leaders of the Glorious Oligarchic Party.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I worry about your brain sometimes.

  9. 0A5599 Avatar

    Matilda hadn’t finished disposing the evidence when the investigator arrived with the warrant.

  10. I_Borgward Avatar

    Mother, look! It’s official! We’re MIDDLE CLASS!

  11. discontinuuity Avatar

    “You’ve been served.”
    “I’m gonna shank yer ass!”

  12. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Hey Ma! I got a diploma!
    A diploma? You’re only twelve years old. Who would give you a diploma?
    I took it from a scarecrow.
    A scarecrow gave you a diploma?
    No, I took it.
    You shouldn’t take things that aren’t yours, Timmy. And what’s with the bag?
    That’s what I got from the tin woodsman.
    You stole the tin woodsman’s bag?
    Don’t be silly, Ma. I stole his heart. That’s what’s in the bag.

  13. Lokki Avatar

    Mama! Thank you! The warden gave me a full pardon, but he said he wants you to come visit him again Tuesday!

  14. outback_ute Avatar

    They said I was the youngest ever graduate from the Chauffeurs College of America!

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