Advertising Jungle

Submitted by Carrie July 31st, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

I have a small collection of old advertising postcards (as well as a few holiday cards and calling cards) that I inherited from my Grandfather. A number of them were originally owned by my great-grand Aunt Carrie (including the fishing monkey – she wrote her name on the back). The monkey card, advertising for “Creme” Oat Meal Toilet Soap is copyrighted 1881.

The panther and elephant are part of Lion Coffee’s Brownies paper dolls advertising, dating from about 1895 (unfortunately, I don’t have the elephant’s rider). I don’t know when the Valentine dates to, but it was Printed in Germany, and was given To Grace, From Ramon. Oh, and the head moves, so that the tongue goes in and out and the eyes open and close!

2 Responses to “Advertising Jungle”

  1. Allee Willis

    Absolutely beautiful. Unbelievable that they’re are from the 1800s. And how great that they were your grandmother’s?!

    All of them are exceptional. I’d have to say my favorite is the tiger with the movable tongue as i always loved those kind of “pull something” cards. All are very welcome residents of the AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo!

    (The AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo is a scenic attraction whose cages are currently being filled to coincide with the release of the upcoming Pomplamoose with Allee Willis “Jungle Animal” VideoSong and online music game and contest. Jungle tamer, AWMOK creator, curator and charming hostess, Allee Willis, me, will be steadily leading jungle animals to their cages over the next 1-2 months or so as you bring them here until the song is released. If ever there ever was a category that was primed to be kitschified it’s that of “Jungle Animal” as all the stripes, spots and fur have been inspiration for designers since the beginning of time. I thank you all in advance for placing your jungle pets in such an illustrious cage as The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch. Keep them coming!)