|Bob Beck Chevrolet circa 1955|
Remember the Bob Beck Chevrolet ads with the distinctive caricature of Mr. Beck? I remember seeing that cartoon for years. This full-page ad (above) ran on Monday, March 11, 1957 in The Lorain Journal.
I always liked it when a company depicted its owner as a cartoon mascot in its ad. It puts a friendly face on the whole operation and instills trust – which is critical if you're selling cars, as in this case.
The Bob Beck dealership was located at 2147 Broadway in Lorain.
In Cleveland, there was "Commander Ray" of West Park Chevrolet. Here's a portion of an ad (below) from late July 1969 that appeared in The Plain Dealer.
"Chevy, Chevy – see Commander Ray at West Park Chevrolet!"
Mr. Herzberger passed away in March 1998.
I wonder if he knew Admiral King?