Oliver Hardy… Diet-Encouraging Object?

Submitted by Nessa December 26th, 2010
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I took pictures of this at an antique shop the other day… at $32, the price was a little too steep for my wallet, though it might have been a bargain. I had to share it with you. At first, it’s just a weird paint-and-decopauge wooden doll-like thing with a rather care-worn Oliver Hardy on it, but it has a hidden surprise…

When you press Ollie’s body down to his feet, a flag pops out of his head that says “Think thin!”

It had a tag on it that it was from some art products company of New York… I don’t remember the exact title and I was trying to be discreet in my photographing, so I did not take a separate shot of it.

I thought it was pretty amazing.

2 Responses to “Oliver Hardy… Diet-Encouraging Object?”

  1. Allee Willis

    Totally amazing and totally unique. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this. I did my college thesis on Laurel & Hardy and thought I had seen everything.

    It’s such a crazy design. You would think from wanting to make a point out of how fat someone was they would’ve bulged his shirt out more. Right now his body looks almost as thin as Laurel’s. And why didn’t Laurel’s head pop up on the think thin tab? They definitely hired a budget art director!

    Overall, this is a great piece of memorabilia.