Avoid Scalp Scum

I'm not exactly sure what "scalp scum" is, but it definitely sounds like it's worth avoiding.

This ad ran in Time, Newsweek, etc. in the late 1940s. via Duke Libraries.
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 05, 2014
     Category: Advertising | 1940s

I remember hair tonic and have, on occasion, been doused with it but I've never seen this one.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/05/14 at 09:59 AM
Don't you just love the perceived faults about your bodily functions exaggerated by Madison Avenue? Of course, they have a cure for every one.

Ring Around The Collar.
Armpit / Leg Hair.
Feminine Odor. (Always liked this one. I feel that anyone who pokes their nose in that area gets what they deserve.)
The Heartbreak Of Psoriasis.
Posted by KDP on 06/05/14 at 10:01 AM
Yet another portrayal of those who part hair in the middle as inferior.

When will society learn?
Posted by crc on 06/05/14 at 10:27 AM
"clean as the day you washed it." - I wonder if it also kills critters?
Posted by BMN on 06/05/14 at 10:45 AM
Never forget the horrors of "gaposis."

Posted by Paul on 06/05/14 at 10:53 AM
he first guy loks like he get hair tips from Moe Howard and what do you expect from a Product named Kreml?
Posted by F.U.D. on 06/05/14 at 11:40 AM
(WOW, I gotta stop drinking when I type)
Posted by F.U.D. on 06/05/14 at 11:42 AM
As nearly as I can tell "kreml" is the transliteration of "кремль" - the Russian name for "Kremlin." This should have been *very* interesting to the FBI and the Secret Service given the 'Commie Scare' going on in the US at the time.
Posted by tadchem on 06/05/14 at 01:24 PM
Interesting find comrade tadchem. Maybe you should stop russian to research things. 😝
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/05/14 at 04:15 PM
Not to kill the party, but pomades were pretty popular then, and were usually greasy as hell. And it wasn't until the housing boom of the 50s that showers-and hence, daily hairwashing-overtook bathtubs. For the 40s, this looks like pretty good stuff.

If anything is weird about this, it's how easily everyone assumes that we always lived exactly like we do now.
Posted by TJ on 06/05/14 at 05:08 PM
KDP: Psoriasis is actually a real, and in extreme cases life-ruining disease. But what the wide-tie crowd sell you as psoriasis isn't psoriasis, it's just a rash from badly-cut clothes or (their own!) scent-laced washing powder.
Posted by Richard Bos on 06/07/14 at 09:30 AM
Its that greasy kids stuff!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/07/14 at 09:24 PM
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