In Reply to: ..., will travel posted by Mary Lentz on November 11, 2009 at 14:02:
: I am interested in the phrase of "have _____, will travel". what is the origin and what does it mean? Thanks
This sounds very American. I can't remember a good example, but advertising that you "Have ......, will travel," was part of an effort to find employment, especially during the Great Depression in the U.S. I think the blank was filled in with some sort of tools of a trade, although "car" is a possibility. Like many stock phrases (see below) it stuck in the public mind and was sometimes repeated for humorous effect.