Friday, December 23, 2005
Collections: Miscellaneous Ephemera
Left: a thermometer card with a sleeping baby in a chair. One sock on, and one off, the baby has dropped off after downing her bottle. Mom has thoughtfully placed a pillow behind her sweet head. This is painted by Irene Patten, whom you can google. There is not much about her, but she was a well-known illustrator and calendar artist . This card was compliments of the Union Laundry Co., Inc., 2510 Filbert Street, Oakland, Calif. Apparently this was a salesmen's sample. On the rear there is a list of 18 pictures that could be ordered with this card and thermometer.
Right: A calendar for 1937, put out by the Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan. It advertises a type of decaffeinated coffee, called Kaffee-Hag. It doesn't sound very appetizing does it? One of the small papers interspersed with the calendar sheets says
" Kellogg's Kaffee-Hag is real coffee, all coffee, fine coffee. It has everything any fine coffee has - except the nerve-driving caffeine."
The yawning baby pictured looks to me like a little old man, minus the wrinkles. Somehow the artist failed to capture the "essence of baby".