Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Pipe Tobacco Girls Like To Kiss

Wednesday Advertising Day.

Recently, I bought a whole lot of interesting comic strip ads from the late forties and early fifties. Among them were these four Frank Robbins ads for Bond Street pipe tobacco, which seem to have appeard once every four weeks. Intrigued by the numbering (these four are numbers 18 to 21), I tried to find others on NewspaperArchive. For the earlier ones I found that #18 was indeed Robbins' first. For the later ones I found one more in October and none in November or December, but the September 17th issue of the papers that were running this ad series are both absent. So it seems, that after six episodes the series was ended. It's odd one tier format must have made it hard to place for newspapers.









Smurfswacker said...

Is that first one by Jimmy Hatlo, or just somebody who draws like him?

Ger Apeldoorn said...

There were quite a few people imitating his style for ads. I think, if they had him, they would have let him sign. The second one looks like Gunnar Peterson's work.