Back in the sixties, researchers weren't afraid to tackle the really important questions...
Knoxville News Sentinel - Dec 2, 1962
Anthony Faranda of Yonkers, NY worried that children didn't like wearing rubber-soled shoes because they made no noise when walking on a pavement. So, he invented a shoe gong. Or, as he called it, a "footwear actuated noise maker." He patented it in 1957.
It was a disc and clapper that could be worn over shoes. He explained: "The arrangement is such that upon normal walking steps or running strides the clapper is activated to make noise and thereby promote the interest of children in wearing shoes with soles that do not make an audible sound in engaging firm or rigid surfaces."
Maybe kids would have liked these, but not, I imagine, their parents.
He assigned the patent to the NY advertising agency McCann-Erickson. It's unclear what plans they might have had for these things.
This researcher looks strangely out-of-place in the 1930s. He looks more like a singer in a 1980's goth band.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 11, 1930
For example, he could easily have been a member of Bauhaus.
This was part of a campaign that made far-fetched comparisons between the animal kingdom and a desire to eat Jello.
I wonder how much consumer research this company did before deciding to name their product 'Sprink'. I'm guessing they thought it was a catchy shortened form of 'sprinkle'. But the problem is that the name sounds too much like 'Stink', which is exactly the wrong association for a room-rug freshener. Must be why it doesn't seem to have been on the market more than a few months.
Rocky Mount Telegram - June 18, 1963
Cincinnati Enquirer - Oct 21, 1962
A 16-page recipe book published in 1954
by the National Dairy Products Corporation, Sealtest Division.
A better name for the cover recipe would be Vomiting Clam.