Monday, December 12, 2011

The Countdown to Christmas Continues... with another "Oddball Ad Campaign" of the 1940s!

So how do we top last week's 'Sexy Santa' and 'Smokin' Santa'?


Why, with 'Suicide Santa', of course!


You've got to hand it to the boys on Madison Avenue who convinced Arrow Shirts to run an ad campaign depicting dear old Saint Nick with his big toe on the trigger at the moment before he blows his own head off.


I can't help but wonder if the agency might not have originally presented a layout where Santa actually had a gun in his mouth - then "cooler heads prevailed" and they switch the rifle for a comical old blunderbuss.

It turns out that when Santa warned the kid in "A Christmas Story" that "You'll shoot your eye out!" he was speaking from experience!

* My Mid-Century Xmas Flickr set

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