Thursday, January 17, 2013
A selection of cereal adverts from the 1940's Australian Woman's Weekly. The first four Vita-Brits adverts are signed Hannan and are likely the work of Jim Hannan (John Thomas Hannan), a freelance commercial illustrator based in Melbourne, who was active during this period. Australasian distributors Gordon and Gotch were amongst Hannan's clients and he also illustrated books and produced recruitment posters during World War One.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Kolynos dental cream ads featured in Australian newspapers and magazines in the 1940's with comic illustrations and format similar to the syndicated Ripley's Believe or Not panel strip of unusual facts. For the Kolynos adverts the unusual facts all relate to teeth. The Kolynos line of oral care products was created by N.S. Jenkins in 1908 and sold worldwide, eventually to be bought out by Colgate-Palmolive in 1995. Although no artists are credited on these ads, I'm fairly certain they were produced in Australia as Kolynos advertising campaigns for print and television were created in many countries including New Zealand and Australia.
Click images below for Australian Kolynos television adverts circa 1945.
Examples of American Kolynos comic strip advertising
Another example of Kolynos advertising through comics in America was the Whitehall Pharmacal Company published , Kolynos Presents the White Guard, in 1949. The White Guard tells the story of man's efforts to protect his teeth from disease and decay.
Sources: http://aso.gov.au/ , http://trove.nla.gov.au/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianmontone/sets/ , http://www.mycomicshop.com