Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Cough Drop and the Swan

And you thought a cough drop was just to stop you from - um, coughing. Well, think again! Because these incredible green Chlorophyll Cough Drops do so much more.

This is because they are "richly medicated." And also they are refreshing. And while you are being both medicated and refreshed, that little green cough drop will be doing three, count 'em, three Important Things for you:

1. That stuffy nose you have will clear up right away - and that, by the way, is not a symptom of a cold. It is because you seem to have a long-necked white swan nesting in your gullet. That's a little strange.

2. Raspy cough? Hey, not a problem. These are cough drops after all. That's the point of them. But the guy there in the middle picture seems to have swallowed his cough drop. Don't do that! The swan down in your throat doesn't have a cough, does he? But he does have red dots all over him. Could be chicken pox. Or swan pox (best not to dwell on all that, of course, it won't make you feel any better). Oh, just send a cough drop down, it'll probably cure that, too.

3. And finally, Smith Brothers cough drops take away your bad breath. See, the picture on the right is a dramatization of this. Sort of. Because the lady does not look convinced. Either that or she doesn't like the scent of chlorophyll all that much. The guy is really into it though - look at him. He's really happy. Guess the swan is feeling better now.

[From Life, September 29, 1952, giant version here.]

8 comments:

Barbara said...

The swan notwithstanding, the pictures look oddly like "before" instead of after...

Raspy cough - could be that filterless cigarette he's holding...and like you said, the woman in the last pic looks like she's sitting next to Monster Breath instead of Sweet Breath.

But I'm sure 4 out of 5 doctors recommended this, correct?

Tori Lennox said...

And I see we have Nurse Disembodied Head there at the bottom of the ad.

IludiumPhosdex said...

I wasn't sure if you knew this, but it was actually William and Andrew Smith (yes, they were brothers) who were, respectively, "Trade" and "Mark" on the label.

And remain so to this day, even if another company now manufactures Smith Brothers cough drops.

This originally being taken in response to a spate of sound-alike competitors ("Schmitt Brothers," "Smythe Sisters," even several other "Smith Brothers") making their presence known on the market around the time of Reconstruction.

Mr. Stupid said...

And look what the Cough drops did. Not only did it take away Bad breath but also sparkled his teeth...:)

Bill said...

I'm thinking that the woman in Example 3 just saw a swan beak poke out of that man's right nostril.

Lydia said...
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Lidian said...

Barbara - Yeah, the fifth doctor doesn't like menthol.

Tori - Yes, you're right! Must put in the Disembodied Head tag!

Iludium Phsodex - I had no idea that there were all those Smith-soundalikes. I just found some Luden's cherry cough drops in a loonie store, hadn't seen them for 35+ years. But no Smith's, alas.

Mr. S - Yes, they are pretty great.

Bill - So it would seem.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

I don't think I've ever had an actual swan in my gullet, but maybe a pelican.