Captain Tick-Mouse



Original images here.

I am not sure having a rat-like figure as your patriotic icon is the best choice of imagery.

Here is a little background on the character, from this source.

     Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 01, 2015
     Category: Anthropomorphism | Politics | Propaganda, Thought Control and Brainwashing | War | 1910s

Presumably, the tick part has to do with watches rather than bloodsucking arachnids. I guess the idea was to get kids to drag their parents into jewelry stores wherein they would buy Elgin watches.
Posted by ges on 12/01/15 at 08:49 AM
@ges: Merchants, when I was growing up in the 50's were still, pretty much, local people running family businesses and a campaign like this would have been seen more as a public service than an advertising poly. Everyone in town already knew the local jeweler 'cause he'd've kept Grandpa's Sunday-Go'ta-Meetin' watch running all this years.

That 'rat face' in WWII would become the Japanese.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/01/15 at 09:28 AM
Tick mouse is another name for white footed mouse. They carry the borellia (Lyme) pathogen that infects the ticks starting the chain.
Posted by F.U.D. on 12/01/15 at 11:34 AM
I see that white-footed mice pass the Lyme disease bacteria to ticks, but I don't see any references to white-footed mice as "tick mice." Furthermore, nobody knew about Lyme disease in 1917. So I maintain that it's likely the name of the military rodent has more to do with watches than arachnids.
Posted by ges on 12/02/15 at 02:05 AM
Are we sure that this wasn't found in an old "National Lampoon"?
Posted by KDP on 12/02/15 at 09:46 AM
I've been living I a cave all these years. This is the first I've ever heard of Miss Columbia, oh yeah, and that mouse guy too.
Posted by GFinKS on 12/07/15 at 02:47 PM
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