bumper sticker history

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Jun 8 23:40:45 UTC 1999

Well, sort of historical...

We are working on a project with the Library of Congress which involves
Native American culture in the Pacific Northwest (excluding Alaska) and we
came across a photograph of a young Coeur d'Alene woman about 16-18 years
old either on the Coeur d'Alene or Colville Reservation. She is wearing
long dark skirt and a white blouse and has a diagonal banner/sash which
reads: "Wink and I'll do the rest". This photo was taken circa 1918.

This phrase seemed sort of familiar to a couple of us, but we can't put
our collective fingers on it. The web yields 8500 hits but they all seem
to be linked to pages of humorous bumper stickers and other joke pages.
There may be an old joke that goes with this, if it is a punch-line--or
maybe it's from a then popular song.

One thing for sure--she ain't wearin' a bumper sticker. Any
enlightenment you can provide would be very welcome.

maberry at u.washington.edu

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