Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tale of Intrigue

You might wonder what wondrous storybook this Willy Pogany illustration is from...some exotic tale of intrigue?

Well, um, it's from a circa 1920 advertisement for soap.

"Buying Palmolive 3,000 Years Ago"

"The shop came to the shopper in the days of the first Palmolive. No convenient corner store, no fragrant green cake, but flagons of Palm and Olive oil brought from far countries for the toilets of aristocratic women. And while these ancient customs have vanished with the passing of 3,000 years, the world still prizes these two great natural cleansing agents."

I long for a new golden age of illustration!!!


Smurfswacker said...

I share your desire for a new Golden Age of Illustration. But as for the Golden Age of Advertising Hooey, though, once was enough.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Yes, hooey begone!

Advertising in general needs such a makeover.

Bob said...

Thom -- your blog is a constant source of pleasure to me. Many thanks!