Thursday, November 12, 2015
When I ran across this one-page story title "Sharp Salesman" in an issue of Charlton's 50's crime comic Racket Squad it seemed harmless enough, but then I noticed the address of the mail-order ad designed to swindle the unsuspecting mark.
There is no "Charlton, Connecticut" that I know of, but it is odd the company would use their own name in connection with such a scam.
Especially since this ad appears only a few pages after the story. I applaud the editor for wanting to save their readership from scams, but then this page gives me pause. You and I both know those "40 colorful plastic airplanes" are likely not going to be all that impressive. As for the stamp ad, I was frankly startled to discover that Kenmore Stamp Company still exists and is still hawking stamps. Take a look here.