Come on, have a guess.
Does his mom make really amazing cookies? Madeleines perhaps, or maybe she is a genius with chocolate chips.
It’s because he’s really popular at school.
And do you know why that is?
He isn’t very smart or athletic, apparently. But this ad says that he would win a school popularity contest hands down.
Wherever Tom is, things seem to happen.
Um, OK. That sounds – interesting. What sort of things?
And what are the gang talking about in the picture? Are they planning to open a speakeasy? Are they going to try and make bootleg gin on the back porch with a tin washtub and a few bottles of Tom’s dad’s apple cider?
No, no, no! You’ve got it all wrong!
It’s much more exciting than all that:
Tom has a Remington typewriter.
Calm down. I know, I know. It seems so obvious in retrospect.
If you want to have a bootlegging gang and be the most popular person in the school, you know what to do now. Go out and get a typewriter. Make sure it is a Remington, though. Invite all your classmates over. Then start tapping out some homework assignments. That ought to do it.
[From Boys' Life, November 1935]