Albert, I was just curious in what year this gorgeous advertisement appeared.
Now here's a question: we all know from plenty of anecdotes Bix drove, when he was a teen, while on the road with his bands, and borrowing his dad's car when home recuperating in 1929-1930.
Yet when the Whiteman bunch went to California in 1929 in the first attempt to film The King of Jazz, all the guys were given custom cars, but "Bix couldn't drive his" so never used it. Several of the guys reminiscing about that 1929 California venture mentioned this. I was wondering why Bix didn't drive that car. I know nothing about cars ("Obviously!" someone's going to snort while reading this) but surely different makes of 1920's automobiles all had the same gear shift system? Or did Bix not feel comfortable and secure driving with his accelerated drinking problem?
(I have yet to hear of even alcoholics who are aware that they are alcoholics ever refrain from driving because they are a very potential danger, though, either during those days or now. Certainly many of those guys in jazz bands came to grief because they drove while smashed out of their minds, examples like Joe Venuti, or Joe Smith accidently killing Fathead Thomas of McKinney's Cotton Pickers when they were racing late to a gig in 1930.)
Maybe Bix's license had been revoked while caught in what passed for DUI/DWI in those days?