Oh, how did Monday already raise its ugly head! I had a very busy weekend, kids-- our wedding rings came in the mail on Saturday (we only tried them on about twenty times), my bridal shower was Sunday (so many laughs over mimosas and vegan chocolate cake), and here I am on Monday with a bleary little head and mounting anticipation towards the big day-- we're in the home stretch!! Yeeeeeeeah!
While I was whiling away the morning on Google Books, trying to think of non wedding related stuff to throw at you this AM, I came across a series of ads for Clark's Teaberry gum. It's no Wrigley's, but the ad campaigns for the years 1947 and 1948 challenge the Life readers to exercise good judgement and taste in eliminating the chaff from the wheat! Let's take a look at how fine our own taste is, in the following cases:
1) Figural Sculpture Edition:
Now, I spent some time examining the above photo to note the difference between figure A and figure B. In spite of the opposing savanna wildlife presented in each, there's not a while lot of difference to the way these little sculptures are presented. While the one on the left is slightly more distinguished looking, it's in that T.J. Maxx housewares "eccentric" way-- you know what I mean? The way Brentwood or Hendersonville housewives decorate their foyers and orthodontists their waiting rooms? I was more into the whimsical look of the giraffes-- they're sweet!
Spoiler alert, I was not on target with this one. Nooooot at all (at least according to 1947 people!!)
2) Coed Hairstyles Edition:
Did I fall for...DON'T PATRONIZE ME, CLARK'S TEABERRY GUM. Now, "A" really was too nutty, but you're telling me "C" is more appropriate than "B"? I respectfully voice my dissent, CTG. Let's see if we can do any better in the photography department on the next question.
3) Vacation Snaps Edition:
Now we're talking! 1940's bathing suits, oversized rubber ball (do you notice how often beach balls crop up in vintage photographs? It's weird because while I can see bringing goggles, sunscreen, towels, any number of beach essentials, I wouldn't think to bring a ball!)...I elect "C" as the best. Mainly because "A" features that guy-in-the-background's posterior more than the subjects of the photo, and "D" looks hackneyed, and "B" makes that one dude look like a full-on woman (this may be what he's going for, but if it's not, it's REALLY not working for him).
Ok, 1 for 3, let's see how I do on #4:
4) Leave the Dog out of This! Edition
What...is the thing...in the first panel? Is that a wookie? A wookie dog? A dog wookie? Or what are those little dudes....ewoks! This dog is way closer to an ewok than an actual dog. I don't know what it is, but I want one. This is the only one of the 5 of these I just went ahead and looked at the answer...I wouldn't know a pure bred dog...well, if it bit me! Haha. Let's look:
the Forest Moon of Endor some time in the near future.
5) College Prom Edition:
Ok, finally! Something I know something about! Clothes! Unfortunately, I'm just as jammed up on this one as I was on the others...I feel like it's a trick question! "A" seems way too racy, unless you have Ava Gardner's own figure and face to fill it out, but I am secretly drawn to that emerald sash, though I wouldn't wear a cut out like this. The striped dress in the middle seems like it should be a day dress and about 10 inches shorter, if that's the case. Also, I hate the red head's hair! Not the hue, but the plastered-down poodle bangs of it. Even though it looks like an enormous chiffon cupcake, I vote for "C", as the most appropriate to wear to a formal occasion in year of our Lord 1947. Let's see how we did:
At the end of each of these "better taste" advertisements, Clarks gives a shout out to the inspiration for this series, a popular book:
Best part? THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN FULL TEXT ON THE INTERNET ARCHIVE! I need to get to reading this so I don't feel so 1947 gauche!! A cursory flip-through makes it look like it's probably a fun read, so if you enjoyed these quizlets today, be sure and check out the real deal on the archive.
So! Do you vehemently agree or disagree with any of these responses? How closely did yours line up to mine or the arbiters of taste from 70 years ago? Any indispensable style manuals you've had fun reading lately? Let's talk!
I gotta get back to work, but I'll see you here tomorrow! Have a great Monday! Til then!