Well, I somehow doubt that it was actually necessary to put in the caption that this isn’t a real bear, but here’s a Modern Mechanix short from the December 1931 issue of Modern Mechanix magazine.
Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales
TO ADD to the scenic effects of his gas emporium, a garage owner in Thurin-gia, Germany, has bedecked himself in a bear skin. Thus he is able to provide his customers with both amusement and engine juice, to say nothing of the extra remuneration which accrues to himself in the deal.
[tags]Modern Mechanix, A bear pumping gas?, Ideas for drumming up business[/tags]