Continuing Paul's ongoing theme of strange corporate mascots — "Bill Ding" was a corporate mascot, created circa 1950, and shared by a number of building supply stores. But was he a giant robot, a wooden puppet, or a walking/talking building? I'm not sure.
Seems to me he's gotta rank as one of the laziest efforts ever to come up with a corporate mascot. I mean, Bill Ding. Really? (Though, to be fair, he's better than Clippy, the Microsoft Office mascot).
The name wasn't even original, since Bill Ding was also the name of a popular children's toy, Bill Ding the Balancing Clown
, introduced in 1931.
Pottstown Mercury - May 24, 1950
Lethbridge Herald - Jan 31, 1950
Bernardsville News - Feb 16, 1950
Thanks to Bill G. for sending along a picture of some Bill Ding Balancing Clowns.