Many of you must have
seen this old CCOC cartoon and wondered about it - who drew it, and
The cartoon never made sense - a puzzled guy scratching his head
in the doorway of a building with CROSLEY CAR OWNERS CLUB over the door,
looking out at five Crosleys that are facing him - a two-cylinder convertible
sedan (with louvers in the hood), a CC sedan, a station wagon with its front
wheels on the first of four steps to the building, and a CD convertible ith
its front wheels on the second step.
The cartoon was cute, but why
would the CCOC guy look puzzled over seeing five Crosleys?
found the rare signed original. It was drawn by Hal Boejes, Jr. in 1952 right
after Crosley Motors ended production and it first appeared in the December
1952 CCOC BULLETIN (then edited by George W. Drum), I haven't found anything
on Hal and if anyone knows more, please share. He was most likely a CCOC
member. I did find a Harold Bojes who died recently in Illinois, but Boejes
seems to be a rare name.
The interesting thing is that the
original cartoon does make sense . . . the sign doesn't say Crosley Car Owners
Club at all, it says Orphans Home, and so the recently-orphaned Crosleys are
there looking for adoption!
Somebody must have thought "orphan" was
inappropriate - there was still hope then for a resumption of production - so
for fifty-five years that cartoon has been making the rounds with "Crosley Car
Owners Club" over the door instead of "Orphans Home".
this then make Crosley the first car to be termed an Orphan?)