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Food

Alice in Dairyland

I can see having a beauty queen to represent the dairy region. But what's the Lewis Carroll connection? The website is not forthcoming. Does she have surreal adventures or not?



Source.



Home page.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Agriculture, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, Regionalism, Twentieth Century

Follies of the Madmen #378



Cupid, traditionally the intermediary of erotic love, engenders a pea-based affection between mother and son.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 08, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Children, Parents, 1950s

Hunting Groceries

For one week in 1992, German artist Christian Jankowski "hunted" his groceries in the supermarket with a bow and arrow. From his website:

Jankowski shot down frozen chickens, butter, toilet paper, and various other "essentials." His game, if edible, was not just dead, it was processed on a mass scale. Thus the reaction of the woman working the checkout counter: she remained wholly unimpressed by the trophies of his "bargain hunt," which she scanned with the arrows still sticking out of them.

Imagine trying to go into a supermarket with a bow and arrow nowadays to hunt your groceries.



Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 31, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Shopping, Performance Art, 1990s

Microwaveable Ice Cream Sundaes

Johnston's Hot Scoop Microwave Sundae is one of those products where you have to wonder what was going through the minds of the executives who dreamed it up. Introduced in the mid-1980s, the concept was that it was an entire, frozen ice cream sundae that you could heat in the microwave, and (in theory) only the topping would melt.

In practice, the ice cream also inevitably melted, leaving consumers with a soggy mix of ice cream and topping. And yet the company went to all the effort to make this thing because they figured it would be too difficult for people to just heat the topping on its own.



A review of the product:

Minneapolis Star Tribune - July 16, 1986

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 30, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Products, 1980s

Frozen Foods

Technically, their business did involve the handling and preparation of meat.

Pensacola News Journal - Nov 10, 1980



And it seems that the Elliot-Hamil Funeral Home is still around. Their website.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 28, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Food, 1980s

Mystery Illustration 74



This young lass is delighted to be offering an armful of potatoes to someone. Who and why? PS: They are not the product of her personal horticultural skills.

The answer is here.


And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, 1920s

Vegetable Orchestra

They've got a great beet!

Their website

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Vegetables, Music

Death by Snails

November 1979: World-champion snail eater Marc Quinquandon died soon after eating 72 snails in three minutes and four seconds.

More info: Death of a snails man (Washington Post - Nov 29, 1979)



San Bernardino County Sun - Nov 27, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 10, 2018 - Comments (11)
Category: Death, Food, World Records, 1970s

The CGI of 1985



1985 Clio Award winning Television commercial done for Canned Foods Information Council by San Francisco ad agency of Ketchum Communications. [This] spot, "Brilliance," won in Computer Animation category and featured a voice-over by motion picture star, Kathleen Turner.


Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 06, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Business, Advertising, Food, Robots, Computers, Special Effects, 1980s

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