Beverage for young vampires: Borden's Hemo


22 Responses to “Beverage for young vampires: Borden's Hemo”

  1. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    “I never drink… wine.”

  2. social_maladroit says:

    I always wondered what Lizzie Borden did in later life.

  3. Rotwang says:

    Hemo the Magnificent approves this message.

  4. They knew what they were doing. The demented looking boy hunched over the glass and the girl nervously hiding behind the chair. All they needed was an offer for a free cape.

  5. Christopher says:

    Is it just me or is that glass huge? 

  6. RJ says:

    Hemophilia is never pretty, is it?

  7. semiotix says:

    In Borden’s defense, they’d already changed the brand once when the previous name, Borden’s Homo (“All the vitamins and minerals required by members of your genus!”) didn’t focus-group well.

  8. Cicada Mania says:

    I just ate so much Easter candy (got to get it now when it is fresh) that it feels like there’s sparkles in my legs and feet. I wonder if Hemo cures sparkles.

  9. s2redux says:

    Huh…at first I wondered if the “Hemo” name had been cooked up to compete against Geritol (“Help for your iron-poor blood,” or something like that), but Hemo was first by about a decade. Perhaps it’s simply that ::gasp:: science-y lingo sold in 1940?

    Here’s an interesting Borden ad showing some Borden bovine family interaction, in this 1944 Life magazine archive (along with many other snarkalicious WWII ads). 

  10. Frank Diekman says:

    Based on the main image, it seems one has to drink a gallon and a half of HEMO to get the full nutritional value.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      I assume this drink contains iron (thus the “Hemo” name).  Something most supplements avoid today.

      I’m not crazy about having my food described as having a “form” such as in the ad.  It is as if you are getting a block of soylent green.

  11. Tim Stiles says:

    Funny.  My Grandfather used to refer to Nestle’s Strawberry Quick (a shared favorite) as Rabbit Blood.

  12. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    At first I thought it said “Homo”.  “…Homo in two delicious forms!”

    • It only came in two forms back then. Chocolaty liquid homo, or milky homo powder. Mmmm Mmmm! When some people have a homo, they prefer chocolate (and rich), but really, both are luscious.

      Of course, we have more options when craving a big ol’ homo these days.

  13. Stefan Jones says:

    I liked the idea of a genetically engineered spokescow, until I pictured her milking herself into a vat of Hemo.

    • Ito Kagehisa says:

      Bessie the heifer
      The queen of all the cows
      She gave more milk
      Than any law allows
      In the mornin’ she gave pasteurized
      At night she gave homogenized
      Bessie the heifer
      The queen of all the cows!

      Er, but actually that’s Elsie the Borden Cow there, though. You can tell by the necklace of daisies. When I was a kid I always got those two mixed up.

  14. pjcamp says:

    That’s what I’m talking about. Speed for Zombies.

  15. sockdoll says:

    This reminds me of the Hemo-Boy character from Michael T. Gilbert’s Mr. Monster comics, since Hemo-Boy was based on an old ad for Borden’s Hemo tonic. 

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