Circa 1940s, here are two fantastic cardboard cut-out advertising signs for Whistle Orange Soda. Whistle, a Vess Beverage Company product, was developed by a Vess salesman named Charles Leiper Grigg in 1919/1920. Grigg went on to invent what became 7 Up. As far as I can tell, both Vess sodas and Whistle are still being sold. Both of these signs feature the well known "Thirsty? Just Whistle" tagline. The first one in particular is just so spectacular to look at. For more auction finds, click here.
Here's a really neat 7 Up billboard ad from the good folks at Duke University Libraries. It touts the soda in can form, and features a really fun typeface and mid-century style drawing of the sun. The one thing I'm not sure of is the date. Take a look: Based on the use of the "Fresh Up" and "You Like It -- It Likes You" slogans, I'd put this ad somewhere in the early to mid 1950s (not sure where "canvenient" fits in). If I knew the makes and years of the cars seen here I could narrow it down. But regardless, this is one nifty billboard spot.
For those of us in the good ol' U.S. of A, Independence Day celebration time is almost here (that's the 4th of July in case you're reading this from foreign shores). And that means that for those of us not spending the day looking for fingers blown off by illegal fireworks, it's cookout time! So invite your friends and family over (Except for your second cousin Fred. Holy crap, that guy's a boor.) and let's consume some charred flesh! First things first: let's fire up the grill! (Kingsford Match Light charcoal, 1981) Who's up for some hot diggity dogs??? (Armour Franks, 1956) Or maybe burgers are more your style? Don't forget the ketchup/catsup! (Hunt's Tomato Catsup, 1954) I don't know about you, but cleaning all those dirty glasses can be a real drag. So break out the p