New in the collection: Winston Eagle racing pinback

Pinback featuring illustration of Winston Eagle hydroplane and the line "Now You're Smokin"

“NASCAR was its showpiece property, but [RJR] underwrote 55 other events and sports teams: Camel Biker Rallies, Camel Smokin’ Joe’s [previously Winston Eagle] hydroplane, Vantage golf championships, Salem ProSail, RJ Gold Bass Tournaments, Doral Skiing and more.

“Says H.A. ‘Humpy’ Wheeler, president of Charlotte’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway, ‘When they write the history of marketing in the 20th century, R.J. Reynolds will be looked at as one of the most prolific marketing entities Western civilization ever had. They’ll be held up like Thomas Edison’s light bulb.’ ”

— From “The last beauty standing” by Liz Clarke in the Washington Post (Nov. 16, 2003)


Link dump welcomes (kaff-kaff) Mr. Butts

–How  Avett Brothers survived heckling at Sadlack’s Heroes.

— In search of North Carolina’s lost kaolin mines.

“Doonesbury’s 200 Greatest Moments” cite Krispy Kreme and RJR’s  indefatigible Mr. Butts.

— Him sign funny today: Looking over the shoulder of David Sedaris.