SHINOLA......

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  1. #21 Posted Apr 20, 2017 at 8:11 AM

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    Thought Shinola sounded familiar. Pretty sure I heard my Grandpa say it more than once, but never knew where it came from til now...

    "A colloquialism which dates back to the early 1940s in the United States, sometimes ended with "that's why your shoes don't shine". Shinola was a popular brand of shoe polish, which had a color and texture not unlike feces."
    • Almost always used in negative constructions to describe someone's ignorance or stupidity, such as: He doesn't know sh!t from Shinola.
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/know_shit_from_Shinola
     
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  2. #22 Posted Apr 20, 2017 at 8:43 AM

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    so they started building Schwinns, and now they're taking on Rivendell
    The $400 market they started in is a tougher market, anyway, competing with good Taiwan bikes like Public and Linus.

    all they needed to do was get a market in Chicago and NYC and they would take off
    Our Urban downtown satellite of the largest bike shop in San Antonio sells mostly Shinola.
     
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  3. #23 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 1:55 AM

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    Old ad.......keep in mind I do not condone what is being pictured - Just put it here as it is part of history. ( a shameful part )

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  4. #24 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 3:38 AM

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Modern version....I remember the phrase well as my dad used it many times.

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  5. #25 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 3:39 AM

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    how about all the Raleigh variations on the Lion ad (also on steel shingles for street-side display)
    It's a Good Thing that what's wrong with that ad is perceived as offensive today, but as part of the thread context, not offensive.
     
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  6. #26 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 3:58 AM

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    Nothing wrong with the ad,some black folks still do this in Downtown Detroit and @ a local flea market.They seem happy to me.
     
  7. #27 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 4:07 AM

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    that fits too well with the context and meaning of this thread
     
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  8. #28 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 9:37 AM

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  9. #29 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 10:07 AM

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    I used to shine shoes in Minneapolis - St. Paul as a very young kid... I think my brother was 11 and I was 12 ( The Sting was in the Theatres at the time - early 70's I guess ). We would go to all the bars and ask people if they needed a shine. We had a pretty good routine and did quite well. Almost every bar would let us in. I had my yellow a black plaid suit with flared legs and cuffs - we were stylin! We did this for about 9 months before my mother found out ( my parents were divorced and she lived in another state...... ). We then had a going out of business sale with our regular customers very quickly. Crazy now to even think about it. First that the bars would let us in - that my father had no issue with us leaving the projects in St Paul, crossing the bridge to Minneapolis and going into these smoke filled bars. When I think about it - we were very lucky nothing did happen. I highly appreciate a good shine.

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  10. #30 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM

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    there's a Steve Martin link here, but I'll dodge it.
     
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  11. #31 Posted Apr 21, 2017 at 2:25 PM

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