Post by Paul Wolff
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
I didn't know it.
Someone upthread mentioned the drink called a Harvey Wallbanger.
There used to be a chain of inexpensive restaurants here in Toronto
called Harvey Wallbanger (or Wallbanger's, I forget), whose signs
I remember as proudly proclaiming:
SINCE 1978 -- A RETURN TO HONEST VALUE
The only photo I can find of one online does not show that sign:Loading Image...
(And it also cuts off the lettering so you can't tell if there's a
small "'s" or not.)
The person who posted it thinks it was taken "circa 1973", so maybe
I'm wrong about the date in the slogan. (The streetcar marked CARLTON
rather than 506 only makes the photo earlier than 1980, and I'm not
sure exactly what years it was that mailboxes were those colors.)
It not related to Harvey's, a national fast-food chain.Loading Image...
People who used to play in the Toronto Pub Trivia League tell me that
in their league, when a team plays shorthanded, it's customary for the
empty seat to be referred to as "Harvey", obviously in reference to
the invisible title character in that movie. We don't do that in the
Canadian Inquisition, but players do sometimes move from one league to
the other, so it produced occasional startlement when my team, the Usual
Suspects, added a player whose name actually was Harvey.
And that's what "Harvey" brings to my mind, although on further cogitation
I also think of Harvey Woods underwear, and Harvey Mudd College in the US.
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