All I was doing was suggesting a possible context for my four late-'30s car-related pens. I acknowledge that customization of pens for companies and social groups started much earlier and continued long after. I look forward to the Pennant article.
I don't disagree. I guess I just didn't want to see an assumption of Depression-math as the dominant issue, though it could have been the dominant issue and certainly could have been a contributing issue. In pendom things have a way of becoming "givens" once we say 'em a few times.
Too, economics (particularly Depression- 1930's and 2010's) have been a side interest of mine, so I tend to poke when sweeping views are offered
I've recommended a terrific site to a few of us at FPB who share the interest. Mike Shedlock is not a political shill, he cheerfully lambastes Left and Right when appropriate, and offers eye opening commentary. Usually three columns each day, with comments by the peanut gallery (like me).
His Global Economics website ishttp://globaleconomi...s.blogspot.com/
Do check it out.