I’m a fan of the blog Kitschy Kitschy Coo, and yesterday when pawing through the latest entries, I came across this 1936 promotion for a way to pop your dog in a sack on the ol’ running board and whisk him off on a road trip. No muss, no fuss, no dog fur or pesky dog odor in the car. Just put the pedal to the metal and off you go! This ad or article (no one knows if it was for a real product or just an idea for home tinkerers to experiment with) came from a 1936 edition of Popular Mechanics, as reported by the fun site, Modern Mechanix.
While I was perusing Modern Mechanix, I found a slightly less horrifying but equally bizarre product for transporting dogs in cars: The running-board kennel, found in an ad from a 1932 Modern Mechanix magazine. Here it is, in all its shining glory:
Yes, that was quite the palace. I wonder how many dogs were transported in regal fashion, and how many lived to tell about it? The good news is that these inventions were not the standard at the time. I have proof! Here’s a Laurel & Hardy still that shows that not only did dogs get to ride in cars — they got to drive them, too.