Strange Iconography


A Scottish child and a Native-American child pour hair tonic on the head of an elderly Anglo man and massage it in, while a child soldier out of some European comic opera stands by with sword upraised in tribute.

The only sensible part of this weird iconography is the Scottish kid. Once upon a time, right up to, oh, the 1960s, "anything Scottish = cheap and economical" was standard advertising shorthand.

Original ad here, with accompanying text.
     Posted By: Paul - Mon May 07, 2012
     Category: Business | Advertising | Products | Stereotypes and Cliches | Hair Styling | 1900s | Weapons | Hair and Hairstyling

It's not 'scotch', scotch is a drink.........its SCOTS....the abbreviated form of Scottish.
Posted by Steve on 05/07/12 at 10:38 AM
Steve--see if my amendment makes better sense.
Posted by Paul on 05/07/12 at 10:44 AM
Whew! Be glad you got that lapsus calami fixed before Scotty saw it.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/07/12 at 11:07 AM
I GOT IT!!!!!!

A cheap Indian trick is going to marshal your hair follicles into action again.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/07/12 at 11:10 AM
"Oh, baby. That feels good. No one does it like little Scots and Indians. Um... Ooooh... Aaaah... How did that soldier get in here?"
Posted by KDP on 05/07/12 at 04:03 PM
Huh, what? Someone call me?

Thanks, Steve. They already think I'm nuts enough, without having me rant about booze...

And we're not cheap. Just thrifty. To a fault 😛

KDP, I believe patty can supply us with a "little soldier" joke.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 05/07/12 at 05:31 PM
I'd rather see more on that "Wine of Cardui" adverted below this one...
Posted by Not Gendered on 05/07/12 at 06:13 PM
I like the ad directly below it in the link - for "Wine of Cardui", a patent medicine for women. A bit of Googling tells me it was 19% alcohol by volume, and that is no doubt why the women forgot those little aches and pains they were having.
Posted by Robert on 05/07/12 at 08:23 PM
I prefer large soldiers dear. 😜
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/07/12 at 10:20 PM
Finally a definitive answer to, "Does size really matter?"
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/08/12 at 12:00 AM
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