A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 22, 2016
“Don’t follow me. I’m lost, too!” (bumper sticker)

"Don’t follow me. I’m lost, too!” is a popular bumpber sticker.  “Don’t Follow Me. I’m Lost Too!” was scribbled on the back of a jeep in 1944. The saying became popular in the 1950s, when it was one of the earliest bumper sticker sayings.

“Don’t follow me. I’m lost, too!” was used in a religious message to the spiritually lost in 1953.


28 October 1944, The Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA), “Rambling River” by John “Rover” Jordan, pg. C14, col. 1:
Imagine our disgust as we read this sign, scribbled across the rear of the jeep: “Don’t Follow Me. I’m Lost Too!”

27 October 1953, Alton (IL) Evening Telegraph, pg. 4, col. 1 ad:
I’M LOST, TOO!
Scrawled in the dust on the back of a truck was the sign, “Don’t follow me, I’m lost too!”
(...)
MAIN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH

22 August 1955, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Pittsburghesque” by Charles F. Danver, Daily Magazine, pg. 29, col. 1:
CITY SNAPSHOTS: Sign on the rear of a trailer truck (FLorida license) rolling down Grant Street: “Don’t Follow Me—I’m Lost Too.”

15 March 1957, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “The Things I Hear!” by Lowell Nussbaum, pg. 23, col. 2:
SIGN ON the rear of a semitrailer tuck from Kentucky: “Don’t follow me. I’m lost too.”

5 January 1958, The Sunday Star (Washington, DC), ‘Oddities in the News,” Magazine, pg. 26, col. 2:
Truck marking seen on highway:

“Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost.”

The message was fingered in the dust on the rear panel of the truck.

11 May 1958, San Diego (CA) Union, “High Sierra Opener” by Rolla Williams, The Southwest, pg. A31, col. 2:
THE TRAILER YOU followed up U.S. Highway 395 through a desert dressed in yellow, blue, lavender and gold wild flowers—and the legend on its back: Don’t follow me, I’m lost.

14 September 1958, Council Bluffs (IA) Nonpareil, pg. 8-E, col. 4:
Honest Californian
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP)—A California car, passing through Nogales, had this sign on the rear bumper:

“Don’t follow me. I’m lost.”

Google News Archive
27 November 1965, The Bulletin (Bend, OR), pg. 10, col. 2:
DON’T FOLLOW ME..I’M LOST
is the caption on the rear bumper of the car of a Bend resident. Perhaps this should be the motto of many of the shapers of public trends today.

OCLC WorldCat record
Don’t follow me, I’m lost too
Author: Pearl Harbor
Publisher: Burbank, California : Warner Bros. Records, [1980] ℗1980
Edition/Format: Music LP : English

Google News Archive
7 June 1981, Gainesville (FL) Sun, “Bumper Stickers Sub for Communication” by Arline Greer, pg. 6E, col. 1:
... “Don’t follow me: I’m lost, too;” drivers warn.

OCLC WorldCat record
Don’t follow me, I’m lost : a memoir of Hampshire College in the twilight of the 80’s
Author: Richard Rushfield
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format: Print book : Biography : English
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
Documents the author’s experiences at a progressive Massachusetts college, shedding his conservative California upbringing in favor of a hippie culture shaped by Grateful Dead music, insomniac filmmaking, and political correctness.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Friday, July 22, 2016 • Permalink