An old CCOC mystery solved.
- Many of you must have seen this old CCOC cartoon and wondered about it - who drew it, and why.
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?
Yesterday I 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".
(Question: would this then make Crosley the first car to be termed an Orphan?)