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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Happy Prevaricating Pussycat Wednesday, GN!

Maaaaaan…I’m so old, I remember when television advertisements had to use the highly inaccurate euphemism “bath tissue”. Many early marketing attempts tried to sell it as a luxury product, invoking the names of elegant hotels, or using packaging with drawings of very expensively-dressed people, etc.

This amused the hell out of Dad when he came to the States in ’48 (who had some experience with “privvy privations” courtesy of the Nazis.) On an early date, he posed the question to Mom, “Why don’t they just use a brand name like ‘Wipe-O’?”

Which became a bit of family lore during my “poor upbringing”. 🙂

Here’s a print ad from 1941 for “Scot Tissue Towels”, featuring Mr. Thirsty Fibre [sic], who looks like an angry, fuzzy Abe Lincoln. But, hey…he’s wearing a top hat and tails, so it must be high-class stuff!

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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Addendum(b) --

The above appears to be an ad for paper towels; still funny, though.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Some actual vintage turlet paper ads.

Who knew “harsh” T.P. was the cause of so many ills?

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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

“Women and girls especially, because of their peculiar requirements…”

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

I worked as a custodian at Disneyland one summer. We stocked the guest restrooms with Scott Service Roll arse-wipe. The cast member restrooms got Scott Luxury Service Roll. Yes, there was a noticeable difference. Yes, both were lower quality than what you would buy for your home. Yes, both were better than the wax paper stuff I’ve had to use in Mexico. “Oye, Jose! Pass me more of those agave leaves!”

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hi, Paddy!

Yes, both were lower quality than what you would buy for your home.

“The Unhappiest Bungholes On Earth”™

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

That would be a sad title to have draped around your ankles.