Office Boy's Diary / Call of the Wild (2 vintage pocket booklets, 1 pinup & 1 cartoon 1957-58 126036
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Nunn, L.R. (manager); Clyde Lamb (cartoonist)
Office Boy's Diary / Call of the Wild (2 vintage pocket booklets, 1 pinup & 1 cartoon, 1957-58)
Winston-Salem, NC: Pilot Freight Carriers, 1957-58. Two vintage pocket booklets, printed by Brown & Bigelow, both issued by Pilot, a big-business freight company for "mad men" executives & accountants: 1 pinup style photography in office setting, 1 cartoons by Lamb. Each is prefaced w/ statement from General Sales Manager, L.R. Nunn.
Pilot was founded 1940s (presumed), produced this style of advertising 1950s, & by 1970s was failing; new ownership 1980s, still running to date. Over the years, many advertising items were produced, either as premiums or gifts, including toy trucks, replica police badges, pins, matchbooks, Trucker forums reminisce about the owner, R.Y. Sharp, among other topics.
Office Boy's Diary: March 10, 1957 (copr. 1955 Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul, MN); action scenes at office w/ kitschy captions, nothing seen above the neck, slender & shapely woman, close-ups, cigarettes, 50s fashion; photography resembles the close-up breast-centric work of Russ Meyer; mentions Pilot's "Baby Books" line; vertical format.
Call of the Wild: c. 1958 (states "Office Boy's Diary last year..."), reprints "Open Season" from The Register & Tribune Syndicate; gag cartoons of hunting, fishing, safari, general leisure; artist Lamb notable for his early juvenile delinquency, armed robber conviction (1932), escaped 18 months later, another armed robbery conviction & 50 years at Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City, released 1947, famous "Herman" pantomime comic strip; horizontal format.
4.5 x 5.5 in (Office Boy's Diary slightly larger), 48pp, saddle-stapled, B/W throughout, stiff wrapper, semi-gloss stock.
Very Good Plus overall, rubbing/toning. [Book ID 126036]