Friday, October 16, 2009

Vintage Christmas Ads Pt. 19 - 1847 Rogers Bros., 1938

In addition to collecting Christmas music, I have collected nearly 1000 vintage Christmas ads over the years. Many of these include celebrities, radio, television, cigarettes, liquor, modern appliances, and the like.

I will attempt every Friday from here until I run out, I will feature an ad from my collection.

I invite you to add a fun comment, witticism, clever remark, or observation in the comments section provided. Any comments deemed worthy of repeating will be included into this entry where all the world will see it.

I had many projects over the past summer. One was getting the remainder of my vintage LIFE, Look, Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, McCall's, and Ladies Home Journal magazines organized and cataloged. I reviewed each issue for Christmas ads I either had, forgot to add, or to find new ones I might have overlooked.

I've also added to my collection of vintage magazines. When I opened a LIFE magazine dated December 12, 1938 I won at eBay, I was pleased to discover this incredible ad.


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The giving of silverware as Christmas gifts is seldom done in this day and age. Several decades ago, it was all the rage. Whenever I think of silverware, images of Harpo Marx and Curly of the Three Stooges trying to conceal stolen silver on their person come to mind.

But what caught my eye on this ad was the caption above the picture of the "happy" family and that very same picture. Study this carefully for a moment... I'll wait for you.

The sardonic part of my mind studied this picture for a long time and came up with dozens of alternate captions of my own. This led me to believe you might come up with your very own captions or comments as well. Give us your best shot...

What do you think?

DivaMom says: Dear, I've brought home my secretary to stay with us this Christmas. Surprise!

Jonathan says: I love it! It’s the very least you could do after I’ve slaved over a hot stove all week so that you may eat with proper silverware!

Tom says: We can melt them down into bullets when the werewolves attack.

Any other opinions?


Capt

4 comments:

DivaMom said...

Dear, I've brought home my secretary to stay with us this Christmas. Surprise!

Jonathan said...

“I love it! It’s the very least you could do after I’ve slaved over a hot stove all week so that you may eat with proper silverware!”

Tom said...

"I'll be, she didn't melt, I guess I owe you a coke Roger."
Or...
"We can melt them down into bullets when the werewolves attack."
or worse...
"You're so old, it's like buying them for myself."

Adam Marsh said...

I have to disagree. Although cheesy, the dull pastel colors have a nice warmth giving look and cozy feeling to them. These ads strengthen exactly what Christmas stands for.

I'll have a crack at a caption.

Son. "Every year they lump me underneath this damn Christmas tree and inject botox into my face. Gee this is *SWELL* Mum."

haha