Advertisement for Listerine Toothpaste from 1947

Fooey for Perfume! When it’s romance you’re after…look for Listerine! -- from Dec 1947.

We know and love Barnacle Press for it’s treasure trove of vintage newspaper comic strips going back more than a century.

But did you know that they also have vintage advertising cartoons?

Here’s an example from Listerene Toothpaste.


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Carolyn Rae Bartley was an ordinary girl from a very small town in an out-of-the-way place.  Her greatest accomplishments in life were simple, personal ones.

Craig, Carolyn and Don Ward, Nov. 1955

Craig, Carolyn and Don Ward, Nov. 1955. I'm hiding under the newspaper -- I won't be born for 4 more months.

She married at a young age and had three sons.  Her family was the center of her universe.  She was happiest when surrounded by her kids and grandchildren.

Like every life, there are tragedies as well as happy events.  She struggled with health problems most of her adult life and lost her first born child to cancer.

She survived her first encounter with that same disease, but it returned years later to finally claim her life.

No — she wasn’t a saint or a celebrity or anybody who attracted a lot of attention.

But, like all mothers, she made priceless contributions to the lives of many others — including me.

Today is the anniversary of her birth.  I remember mama — every single day.


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Comic panel of Secret Agent X-9 fighting a gang of armed thugs.

Alex Raymond excelled in dynamic action illustration

I immediately fell in love with Alex Raymond’s art when first exposed to it.  As a film noir and detective fiction fan, I discovered that he illustrated a comic strip called Rip Kirby, with the script by Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon and Thin Man author).

After Raymond’s death, the strip continued with other artists and changed to Secret Agent X-9.

Raymond made his biggest splash as the originator (author and artist) of Flash Gordon.  Awesome stuff and influential to this day.

Here you go — enjoy Alex Raymond.



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