Monday, May 28, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
An early advertising doll with different messages on the back of each piece. My favorite: "If you use McLaughlin's XXX Coffee and it does not drink right, you know it is the fault of the cooking and not the fault of the coffee." Was there another advertiser who blamed the consumer so boldly if the product didn't taste right? Some 19th century Don Draper came up with this gem.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Does anyone dye clothing anymore? I think RIT dye is still available in the supermarket. I imagine dyeing clothing was once a great way to save money and revive an old style into something new and fresh. Tie-dyeing was hot in the 1960s, of course, but I think dyeing of any clothing is more of a niche/crafty thing these days.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Clark's O.N.T. Double Dolls, "Work and Play." Unlike a lot of other advertising dolls of this type, this has only a changeable head, not the head, shoulders and arms. This is a lot like the very early paper dolls of the early 1800s, Fanny Gray, etc, where the head was slipped into different costumes and scenes to tell a story.