A Mystery Solved

You might remember that we had a number of ink stamps at the shop that, over the years, we used on our plain, brown bags. We rotated which ones we’d use. The skull and crossbones was popular. Customers would request one that they could use for a lunch bag. Reports were that a bag decorated with that death symbol would be safe in the  company fridge. In the middle of the top row is that design.



We always wondered where the middle one came from. Now we know!

In working on my Hardboiled blog and looking for pulp images, I ran across a magazine image that I hadn’t seen.This site was set up so that you could flip through the issue, page by page.


And – BINGO – there it was on the title page!


Mystery solved!

~ JB

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