What’s a gimcrack? Pretty much the same thing as a gewgaw, d-uh.
Mr. Smith must’ve been a real tightwad over clothing, as both he and Mrs. Smith wear the same outfits for several days. Hopefully, Colgate made a deodorant back then. (Nowadays, they do make Speed Stick.)
What’s the deal with fainting couches? In related news, a chaise longue is usually screwed up by Americans as a “chaise lounge”.
It looks like SPUG was made up for this ad, but there are other SPUGS that exist today.
Looks like I wasn’t the only one trying to figure out who the artist was in this campaign. Not only was the artist identified (Stuart Hay (1889-1969)), but they also include another ad in this circus campaign! Win-win!
Nowadays, Beech-Nut is known mostly for its baby food. They’re the one that isn’t Gerber.
“You bet, almost before you know it, a daily 10 minutes with ‘MINI-GYM’ builds you into the kind of real ‘he man’ material bosses want most… and girls go for fastest!” — It pays to read the tiny, tiny type!
With sleeves rolled up, you make a lighted cigarette vanish! Not a trace remains! Then, like a magician, you reach into the air and presto! Cigarette reappears! Actually 2 tricks in one! You can also make bills, pencils disappear too! Easy to do! Astonish everyone! Be the Life of the Party! Order at once.