Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Sultans of Cling

This is pretty revolutionary stuff. I mean, look what you can do with just one can of cling peaches and a tub of cottage cheese:

(1) You can put a peach half to the right of a lump of cottage cheese sprinkled with - toasted almond bits. Or maybe bacon bits. Brown bits of something, anyway. And there's some toast at 1 o'clock, trying to dominate the plate, edging towards the center.

(2) Now, here we have cottage cheese with small red cubes on top, surrounded by the exciting concept art that is sliced canned peaches. They sort of represent - infinity. The Great Circle of Fruit.

(3) This is cottage cheese as concept art - way ahead of its time. Here a dish of cottage cheese has been tie-dyed with red jam, and one lone Everypeach clings (as it were) to one side, symbolically askew, representing the struggle to amalgamate the self with a hostile and bizarre world. Either that or the peach is just trying not to fall off onto the floor.

The peach is just excited about this amazing new cuisine, I suspect. Or else it's trying to run away. One or the other.

This forward-looking 1960 ad is from Graphic Design-TJS Labs.

20 comments:

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...
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The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I'm thinking I want to bathe in cottage cheese while I wear cling peaches over my eyes for a relaxing eye mask. Wheres that option? How did they miss that one?

Advertisers, no imagination. Phhhft.

Oh and for petes sake I had to delete for a typo. Normally I wouldnt bother but I wrote clink peaches. sheeseh

Lidian said...

Tracy - I kind of like the sound of clink peaches, I don't know why...

They should have shown the spa option, definitely. You can eat it for lunch ad then put the leftovers on your face.

Grace said...

I don't see the problem here, perhaps because I like cottage cheese and cling peaches. When my brother was little I would make his lunch every day and I would have a base of cottage cheese and then half a pear or peach (canned) and then I would use raisins or other smaller fruit to make a face. When apple sauce was the desert of the day I would use food coloring to make it more fun. I was maybe 10 years old - pretty creative for a 10 year old.

BTW: I think the red cubes are jello, I've never been one much for jello...pudding is another story.

Hairball said...

No thanks, I ate yesterday.

That last pic reminds me of that old SNL skit about Julia Child.

Tori Lennox said...

You'd think cling peaches could hold onto the place better....

Tori Lennox said...

*sigh* PLATE not place.

Jen said...

I grew up in the 70's and this was on the lunch menu every day at my school, in fact it makes a pretty good diet, lots of protein and some fiber.

Lidian said...

Grace - I would have liked to have seen a raisin face on one of these pictures!

Tori - But you can see it's trying...

Jen - Add a hamburger patty and it's a 1970s diet plate! Actually, I used to really like cottage cheese with the pineapple mixed in, in the 70s.

Rofl Stuffz said...

Ick. I never liked cottage cheese and peaches.
- Rofl Stuffz

Shay said...

The third photo looks like something out of a crime scene...

Amy said...

ewww I just cannot imagine it

The Vintage Kitten said...

I watched my mother munch her way through tubs and tubs of cottage cheese with peaches when growing up during the 1970s when she seemed to permanently be on a diet. Eww I couldnt stand it, but I do like the cheese mixed with chives X

Lidian said...

Rofl Stuffz- I just don't like canned peaches any old way.

Shay - Oh - dear, yes it does a bit. Eww.

Amy - I agree.

Vintage Kitten - I like it with chives too, you used to see that served with melba toast at restaurants way back when, sometimes.

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

When I see ads like this, I can't help but think they tried to the most unappetizing poses for the food. Maybe I just hate cottage cheese. Great commentary, you always, always crack me up :)

Lidian said...

OUW - They certainly succeeded, if that's what they were aiming for :)

kathcom said...

What the heck is a cling peach? Growing up, I thought it meant it held onto something.

These photos would look delicious if only they had maraschino cherries on top. I think I was 20 years old before I knew what a fresh cherry tasted like. Now I like both but only one is a highly preserved treat. Yum.

Lidian said...

kathcom - A maraschino cherry really would perk things up!

Auntie E said...

I haven't had cottage cheese with peaches for a long time. I have forgotten I use to eat that.
Now I eat cottage cheese with tomatoes and french dressing. Need to reintroduce myself to Peaches.

Lidian said...

Auntie E - I'll bet it would be nice with berries, too.