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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2590 on: February 26, 2021, 11:31:57 PM »
Dr. Nest's toothbrush compared to Dr. West's toothbrush. They really needed to exaggerate the packaging shape to fill the card space!


Unlike some of the other stick-shaped products, distorting this one too much would hurt the credibility of the toothbrush inside.  The limited shortening used already causes the toothbrush to look more like a hairbrush.  Nice details on the birds and nest though, given the limited space.  I wonder if this was the dominant toothbrush product of the era.  I guess Oral-B has been around a long time, but I donít remember there being a ton of choices for toothbrushes like there are today.

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« Reply #2591 on: February 27, 2021, 04:53:54 AM »
Love seeing the original picture of this, I had never heard of it beforehand.

It makes me appreciate the Wacky more and more!


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« Reply #2592 on: February 27, 2021, 09:14:02 AM »
I like the way the black microscope (?) black figure on the original is transformed into a bird on the Wacky. Nice touch I would not have appreciated as much having not seen this product before.
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« Reply #2593 on: March 01, 2021, 10:29:05 AM »
Real Garbage Can-dy compared to Garbage Can-dy...



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« Reply #2594 on: March 01, 2021, 10:54:08 AM »
See, I always thought this one was a mistake, because they never changed the name of the product. I'm not sure how this one avoided a cease and desist letter.

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« Reply #2595 on: March 01, 2021, 11:00:31 AM »
I'm not sure how this one avoided a cease and desist letter.

Gee, me neither...

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« Reply #2596 on: March 01, 2021, 11:47:45 AM »
See, I always thought this one was a mistake, because they never changed the name of the product. I'm not sure how this one avoided a cease and desist letter.

Gee, me neither...

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No?  It's a Topps product, so why would there be a cease and desist.

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« Reply #2597 on: March 01, 2021, 12:07:30 PM »
See, I always thought this one was a mistake, because they never changed the name of the product. I'm not sure how this one avoided a cease and desist letter.
Topps did change the name slightly from Garbage Can-dy to Real Garbage Can-dy.

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« Reply #2598 on: March 01, 2021, 03:06:50 PM »
Yes, itís a different kind of title change altogether, compared to the usual formula.

I was confused by it too, I thought the hyphen in ďCan-dyĒ was the change, but you can see itís there in the real product display.

I bought those cans quite a bit, and I think they continued well into the early 80ís.  Iíve seen three different box colors, and I think each ďseriesĒ also changed the array of can colors.  Donít remember the candy shapes ever changing though.  There are a number of candy and gum items that I would love to snag a display box from - these, munchy mummies, gold rush, Big Buddy, and a few others.

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« Reply #2599 on: March 01, 2021, 03:36:07 PM »
Sheldon Cooper: Sarcasm?

For me, yes

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« Reply #2600 on: March 01, 2021, 08:47:53 PM »
This is interesting because they art is more about the display than the product itself.

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« Reply #2601 on: March 02, 2021, 05:06:36 AM »
This is interesting because they art is more about the display than the product itself.
And they sorta falsified the manner of packaging itself.  A single can on a backer card, assuming thatís what the parody is trying to convey, never existed.  Imagine how awesome it would have looked if they had done the full counter box as shown.  Couldnít have included much detail in the garbage cans themselves at that scale, but they probably could have shown them as tiny beat-up metal garbage cans instead of the bright and colorful plastic ones.

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« Reply #2602 on: March 02, 2021, 06:41:42 AM »
And they sorta falsified the manner of packaging itself.  A single can on a backer card, assuming thatís what the parody is trying to convey, never existed.  Imagine how awesome it would have looked if they had done the full counter box as shown.  Couldnít have included much detail in the garbage cans themselves at that scale, but they probably could have shown them as tiny beat-up metal garbage cans instead of the bright and colorful plastic ones.
I always took the image to be of a  closed display box.
The parody distorts the box and moves the title, but Iíd say the garbage can emulates the one on the box cover.


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« Reply #2603 on: March 03, 2021, 02:13:35 PM »
Seven Spies For Russian Documents compared to Seven Seas Russian Dressing



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« Reply #2604 on: March 03, 2021, 02:31:05 PM »
Seven Spies For Russian Documents compared to Seven Seas Russian Dressing



This is a fantastic Wacky, but I think it should have been "Dressing for Russian Documents."

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« Reply #2605 on: March 03, 2021, 03:55:04 PM »
I always took the image to be of a  closed display box.
The parody distorts the box and moves the title, but Iíd say the garbage can emulates the one on the box cover.

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Looks like a reasonable assumption.

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« Reply #2606 on: March 03, 2021, 04:01:21 PM »
Seven Spies For Russian Documents compared to Seven Seas Russian Dressing


Why do folks save vintage packaging and not empty them first, when it makes sense to do so?  Who wants 45-year old salad dressing thatís morphed into spent motor oil?

A few months back I bought a can of vintage Colgate shaving cream on eBay, because iíve always been nostalgic about that old simple graphic used when we bought shaving cream to spray each other with on Halloween.  Sellerís description reads ďcan mostly full!Ē  Do they really think Iím buying it for the CONTENTS?!?!??




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« Reply #2607 on: March 03, 2021, 05:56:16 PM »
I know it can be like that. I had an empty can of Billy Beer but people want the full can!


Why do folks save vintage packaging and not empty them first, when it makes sense to do so?  Who wants 45-year old salad dressing thatís morphed into spent motor oil?

A few months back I bought a can of vintage Colgate shaving cream on eBay, because iíve always been nostalgic about that old simple graphic used when we bought shaving cream to spray each other with on Halloween.  Sellerís description reads ďcan mostly full!Ē  Do they really think Iím buying it for the CONTENTS?!?!??




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« Reply #2608 on: March 03, 2021, 06:30:27 PM »
I know it can be like that. I had an empty can of Billy Beer but people want the full can!
Iíve seen where thatís more common with collectible cans, but at least with a can you canít see the horror inside.  Another practice Iíve seen with cans is leaving the pull tab intact but punching a small hole in the bottom to drain the contents.  That would seem a reasonable compromise.

Come to think of it, I still have to empty that shaving cream can.  The horror . . .

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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2609 on: March 07, 2021, 07:14:59 AM »
Tipsy Roll Pop compared to Tootsie Roll Pop. This basic design on the real packaging hasn't changed too much over the years.

What's the significance of the ball on the end of the short stick on the parody?



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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2610 on: March 07, 2021, 08:31:30 AM »
What's the significance of the ball on the end of the short stick on the parody?

Maybe there was a version of the Tootsie pop sticks that had a ball the end?  Or maybe the artist was trying to convey a cork or glass stopper like you see on glass decanters.
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« Reply #2611 on: March 07, 2021, 08:50:43 AM »
Maybe there was a version of the Tootsie pop sticks that had a ball the end?  Or maybe the artist was trying to convey a cork or glass stopper like you see on glass decanters.

Ah...yes, or maybe it emulates a swizzle stick? Put it in your drink to stir it. There's actually a local company here in Milwaukee called Cholive that makes chocolate "olives" you put in your martinis.

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« Reply #2612 on: March 07, 2021, 09:36:02 AM »

What's the significance of the ball on the end of the short stick on the parody?


I always felt the stub end of the stick resembled a wooden drumstick, but of course that has no context in the parody.  The swizzle stick theory makes a lot more sense.

I cast my vote for Tipsy Roll Pop as the most grossly distorted product shape in all of Wacky history.

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« Reply #2613 on: March 07, 2021, 11:39:15 AM »
Ah...yes, or maybe it emulates a swizzle stick? Put it in your drink to stir it. There's actually a local company here in Milwaukee called Cholive that makes chocolate "olives" you put in your martinis.
These chocolate olives you mention - are they actual chocolate-covered olives or merely chocolate balls made to look live olives? To tell you the truth, I've never heard of them.

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« Reply #2614 on: March 07, 2021, 11:45:35 AM »
I always felt the stub end of the stick resembled a wooden drumstick, but of course that has no context in the parody.  The swizzle stick theory makes a lot more sense.

I cast my vote for Tipsy Roll Pop as the most grossly distorted product shape in all of Wacky history.
I agree - a swizzle stick sounds right. And you're also right about the distortion - a long swizzle stick like that would never even fit on a trading card of that size, no matter how much you tried to do it.
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« Reply #2615 on: March 07, 2021, 01:43:23 PM »
Ah...yes, or maybe it emulates a swizzle stick? Put it in your drink to stir it. There's actually a local company here in Milwaukee called Cholive that makes chocolate "olives" you put in your martinis.

My 15 year old brain thought it resembled the end of a car antenna indicating it could telescope out further.
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« Reply #2616 on: March 07, 2021, 02:05:14 PM »
These chocolate olives you mention - are they actual chocolate-covered olives or merely chocolate balls made to look live olives? To tell you the truth, I've never heard of them.

They are chocolate balls that look like olives.

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« Reply #2617 on: March 07, 2021, 10:04:44 PM »
I always thought it was the lid to the booze inside, like a cane flask.


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« Reply #2618 on: March 08, 2021, 05:39:06 PM »
Yes, swizzle stick. Great addition, and brilliant way to make a lollipop fill out the sticker!

Ah...yes, or maybe it emulates a swizzle stick? Put it in your drink to stir it. There's actually a local company here in Milwaukee called Cholive that makes chocolate "olives" you put in your martinis.

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« Reply #2619 on: March 10, 2021, 06:43:40 AM »
Jungle Potion and Jergens Lotion...



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« Reply #2620 on: March 11, 2021, 12:41:35 PM »
Hmmmm...title is kind of a stretch, and I don't think I ever knew it was Jergens.

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« Reply #2621 on: March 11, 2021, 01:21:25 PM »
Hmmmm...title is kind of a stretch, and I don't think I ever knew it was Jergens.

It does rhyme


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« Reply #2622 on: March 11, 2021, 03:49:35 PM »
Jungle Potion and Jergens Lotion...


By no means a spectacular title from a humor standpoint, but Iíve always really liked the visual on this one.  Interesting shaped bottle, nice colors, unobtrusive character, very well rendered.  Wonder if Jay and Art picked up a bottle of Jergens and Coppertone on the same trip to the drugstore.

By the way, where have we seen the character, or maybe a friend of his, before?




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Re: Gag Criticism, Variation, and Packaging
« Reply #2623 on: March 12, 2021, 06:14:50 AM »
By no means a spectacular title from a humor standpoint, but Iíve always really liked the visual on this one.  Interesting shaped bottle, nice colors, unobtrusive character, very well rendered.  Wonder if Jay and Art picked up a bottle of Jergens and Coppertone on the same trip to the drugstore.

By the way, where have we seen the character, or maybe a friend of his, before?




If you like repeat appearances, check out Neil's Polaroid/Paranoid gag in the upcoming March 2021 set! If you look carefully, you'll see a familiar face hiding in the background!

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« Reply #2624 on: March 12, 2021, 12:45:28 PM »
It does rhyme


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Yeah, Jungle is a stretch from Jergens. What if the parody was Juergen's and the character was a German guy in lederhosen? "Made with Sauerkraut"