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1960: Duluth Seaway Portorama Days

Frisky the Bear advised people to visit Duluth in 1960 for its Portorama Days celebration. The lift bridge looks pretty much the same now as it did then, or at least in this tiny illustration. Of course it’s much larger … Continue reading

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1960: Only Butter Can Be Butter

Willy Wiredhand touted the virtues of butter and the Nobles Cooperative Electric in 1960.

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1960: Only Butter Can Be Butter

Willy Wiredhand touted the virtues of butter and the Nobles Cooperative Electric in 1960. Except earlier, his name was Willie Wirehand.  What happened, Willie? Did you pull a P. Diddy on us?

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1960: Instant Hills Bros Coffee

This Hills Bros. coffee ad from 1960 was pretty eye-catching, although I have to admit I thought the mascot was a giraffe at first. On second glance it seems to be a guy drinking coffee and wearing a turban. Coffee-pot coffee… … Continue reading

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1960: Martin Oil Co Fuel Kids

The Martin Oil Company sold Philipps 66 products in 1960, as you can see from this advertisement. The ad also featured the Fuel Kids, who were apparently anthropomorphic drops of gasoline or oil that were supposed to be children. Children … Continue reading

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1959: Pretty Housewife for Nobles Co-operative Electric

Although this housewife in a 1959 Nobles Co-operative Electric advertisement for rural electrification is wearing high heels, she looks like a strong woman to me. And Willie Wirehand is there too. Next post at noon.

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1959: Robin Hood is a Girl?

The Walk Shop had this very odd advertisement that seemed to indicate Robin Hood was a girl in 1959. Robin Hood must have been the name of the shoes, but I don’t really know why you would name a shoe … Continue reading

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1934: Creepy Anthropomorphic Mascots Shake Hands

The coal mascot is fairly okay in this 1934 Farmers Co-Operative Co. advertisement, but the furnace on the left is pretty much unspeakably creepy. Can it open its mouth or is that little door permanently jammed shut? Does it talk … Continue reading

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1959: Nobody Had Lights Back in the Day

Some day this will be my generation, telling our children that in days of old, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, nobody had high speed internet. But in 1959, it was electricity that was the amenity people cherished and valued, because … Continue reading

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1959: Martin Oil Co. Had Creepy Mascots

Martin Oil Co., which sold Phillips 66 products and had the phone number of 26111, had a pair of somewhat creepy mascots in 1959: Martin’s Fuel Kids. I think they were supposed to be drops of oil/gas/other fuel, but they … Continue reading

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