"Have Car, Will Travel" (1929)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 4 05:14:56 UTC 2005

At 9:56 PM -0500 2/3/05, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>There's also "Have Suitcase, Will Travel," but that appears to be from  about
>1955. This one with "car" makes a lot of sense.

Agreed, although these were somewhat before my time

>It was often used in the

Aha.  The classifieds makes sense as an original locus, whether it
was "Have tux" or "Have car".  I was thinking telegrams--those
missing pronouns and articles do make it seem like telegraphese,
saving a few cents on each--but that would presumably apply to the
cost of classified ads too.


>_Classified  Ad 21 -- No Title_
>New York Times (1857-Current  file). New York, N.Y.: Dec 18, 1929. p. 52 (1
>EXECUTIVE, organizer, salesman, 38; fifteen years' experience; large
>following; especially salesman; have car; will travel.
>      _Appleton Post Crescent _
>Wednesday, April
>24, 1929 _Appleton,_
>...local connection.  WILL TRAVEL. HAVE CAR. Address F.5S
>PostCrescent.....cement. Haul, yours out of the CAR, If WILL  pay
>you. One CAR  extra..

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