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The Lighter Side Co. online catalog features many hard-to-find, light-hearted gifts that are perfect for any occassion! We also feature a popular line of nostalgic memorabilia and collectibles. We have Items to remember and to make 'em say "WOW..where'd you get that?!?"
The Lighter SideŽ is a division of The Johnson Smith CompanyŽ, one of America's oldest catalogs companies. In 1905, our founder, Alfred Johnson Smith, started selling his novelties and practical jokes in Australia. The company was officially founded in the U.S.A. in 1914, when Mr. Smith shipped his first package from Chicago.
The Johnson Smith Company relocated to Racine, Wisconsin in 1926. Nine years later the company made a mid-depression move to Detroit, Michigan with the intention of starting a Canadian subsidiary across the Detroit River. Those plans were abandoned with the outbreak of World War II. The company remained near the Detroit riverfront for nearly 35 years, until it moved to Mt. Clemens, Michigan (a Detroit suburb) in the early 1970s.
Our story is not without sociological aspects and influences. During the 1920s and 1930s, practical jokes and home hobbies provided an escape for people wracked with economic struggle brought on by WWI and the Great Depression. Our 700-page catalog provided hours of "escape," fun and fantasy for the depressed nation, even without having to place an order! Even today we hear from people who remember our catalog and the "relief" we provided! Today, the Johnson Smith catalog is known as Things You Never Knew Existed (TYNKE) and still brings hours of enjoyment to people across the country.
110% Low Price Guarantee. If you find the exact same item for less, just send us a dated advertisement within 30 days of your purchase and we will refund 110% of the difference, or apply that amount to a new order (whichever you prefer.) This offer does not apply to Internet or buying club offers. We have guaranteed your satisfaction on all of our products since 1914. If you are not satisfied for any reason, we will exchange the item, or refund the merchandise amount only within 60 days of purchase. All merchandise should be returned in new condition, with original packaging, accessories, parts, instructions, manuals, etc. If you paid with a personal check or money order, we will send you a refund check. If you used a credit card, we will credit your account.