Sunday, March 01, 2009

Beautiful Clarissa

Here's a cautionary tale from the pages of The New Yorker (March 18, 1929). It doesn't go in quite the direction I thought it would...


Mais non--Egbert didn't want Percy and Percy didn't want Egbert but the beautiful Clarissa got her dates mixed! Wisely she suggested a ride to cool off the two Lotharios!

But on the way home--


Nobody sang "Just a Kiss in the Dark"--nobody sang at all! Out in the cold the lonely but beautiful Clarissa realized the futility of pinning one's faith to a temporary deodorant!

Yup, it's good old Odorono again, telling flippant flappers everywhere that if they use the wrong deodorant, they might end up in the rumble seat.

3 comments:

Gary said...

How differently that ad might have ended today!

But Odorono. Does the product still exist? I seem to remember the name from some obscure shelf display or ad.

From the second illustration, I guess there's no action in the back seat - you know, don't come a-knockin' if the rumble seat's a-rockin'!

(At least Clarissa doesn't - yet - seem to need Flit!) :-)

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Well, I personally thought that Egbert and pal were going to get it on without her, but maybe one of them had BO as well.

I think Odorono is long gone. I've posted a few of their adverts in the past and I think Eric Little provided some Odorono factoids in the comments, but now I think they're most famously remembered in the Who song of the same name (and the cover picture of one of the band members using a big Odorono stick).

Gary said...

How sad - but for Odorono, there could have been a Clarissa-a-trois!