Why is canned asparagus so terrible? Even the drawing looks more like green hot dogs or tampons than it looks like fresh asparagus.
“Slack Power” (1969/2006) from UNBRANDED
by Hank WIllis Thomas
A stern tambourining from the Purity Brigade.
“The Belle of New York”
poster by S.C. Allen & Company
“Walter Early, creator of Elsie the Borden cow, sketches her at the exhibit”
New York World’s Fair (1939-1940)
“By 1939, Elsie’s popularity was growing strongly. But, at that point, she was just a two-dimensional drawing used for magazines and newspapers, or a character on the radio. The people wanted more.
At Borden’s 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibit featuring Borden’s machinery and 150 Jersey cows, consumer surveys revealed that 20% of the questions related to Borden’s machinery, 20% to the location of restrooms and an overwhelming 60% asked which cow was Elsie. Borden responded by selecting the most beautiful of the 150 Jersey cows to be the real life Elsie.” - via
“Etti-Cat and the Voting Everyman”
from a display of subway advertising in the NY Transit Museum
Etti-Cat also has a book about manners.
Elephants with sign Raymond’s Where U Bot the [Hat] by Boston Public Library on Flickr. Leslie Jones, ca. 1917-34.
© Leslie Jones. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
“Allen & Ginter, Richmond, Virginia. 50 fish from American waters. You will catch one in each package of Virginia Brights, Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 Cigarettes”
[between 1870 and 1900]
Presumably this is advertising the trading cards that come with the cigarettes, but it does sound a lot like they’re advertising the fact that their cigarettes are made of fish.
I think I need to post some sort of menacing sugar deterrent poster in my kitchen. I’ve been eating too many sweets lately and getting the grumps. I just had cake for brunch. Ughhhhh.
World War I Posters, compiled 1917 - 1919; U.S. Food Administration, Educational Division, Advertising Section.