Monday, April 02, 2007

keep your salesman out of my office!

Vintage Ad #212 - Keep Your Salesman Out of My Office!
Keep this boss away from the office too! We'll give him two minutes in the penalty box for excessive facial gurning, or temporarily remove the office supply of Listerine.

Pity the poor people for whom even mouthwash can't control bad breath due to medical problems. Discrimination against the sweet-breath challenged ran high in the late 1930s, with many ads illustrating the horrors of going without a gargle. Lost jobs, broken relationships, scared children, etc.

I doubt that carrying Listerine to the office would rank high among life's concerns when sweet- and foul-breathed men were tossed together in their new offices a couple of years later - the battlefields of Europe and Asia.

Source: Time, March 27, 1939

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