By Cory Doctorow at 8:27 am Mon, Nov 28, 2011
Vintage Ads poster Write_light rounds up a collection of WWII "gremlins" safety posters, beauties every one.
Sunday Surplus: Back Up Our Battleskies!
Did all the old timey ad guys basically draw on personal experience of severe delirium tremens for inspiration?
always thought there was a connection between gremlins and ballet; here at long last is proof.
Back Up Our Battleskies! (lest we suffer battlesky lossage)
So, No eating after midnight, America!!
They’re Gremlins from the Kremlin!
i like your rhyme, but they were on our side at the time…
Bugs Bunny deals with this pressing wartime issue here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1xqrdtJs8w , in a very cool 1940s edition.
Weirdly, I was just reading this last night: http://secondat.blogspot.com/2010/10/gremlins.html
re: “Gremlins/Kremlin””Disney tried to urge other studios against working with his characters — so of course, Robert Clampett went on to make two separate cartoons featuring Gremlins. First, he used a gremlin to battle Bugs, who, unusually, gets the worst of it in Falling Hare (1943). The title of the second cartoon was changed from Gremlins from the Kremlin to the somewhat less effective Russian Rhapsody (1944) before being released.”http://meinekleinefabrik.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html
I was always told that the word ‘Gremlins’ was a Royal Air Force personnel invention, blending the words ‘goblin’ and ‘Fremlins’ – a big brewer of beer in Kent, in the south of England. The idea being to personify the sort of mishap that occurs when mechanics are badly hung over. If there’s any truth in that, then it’s interesting how far the idea has carried.
“I was always told that the word ‘Gremlins’ was a Royal Air Force personnel invention”
Yes, see lifeboatb’s link above.
I read a long article in Hoagan’s Alley, a comic-strip-history zine, about Disney’s attempt to make a cartoon feature based on Dahl’s book.
ad illustration Old school Safety sign WWII
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