Saturday, February 18, 2012
Baked By Nabisco
Pity the poor Man in the Street, trying to get to work, when this couple - brought to some disturbing high by bran cereal - accosts him while hanging out of their window, and shouting about Really Different Bran. The key words here being Really Different. Yes, that's a nice way of saying what these folks are.
This 1942 ad features a couple who take their love of bran to levels that defy sanity. They hang out of their window and accost people trying to walk down the street. The man that they are thrusting the cereal bowl towards has a glassy, frightened smile, doesn't he?
They do not stop at this, though. They spend their whole day ringing random doorbells. And they blame it on Nabisco. It has "flavor that makes you ring doorbells." What on earth is in this stuff? Either it is spiked with who-knows-what - or else 1940s era bran had one hell of an effect on folks. Yeah, that must be it.
Because how else can we begin to explain how the way in which this Odd Couple end their day - tucking the box of Nabisco into bed and cooing over it. Yes, this is our baby. Isn't it just the cutest? And so good-natured, too.
That is because its bran flakes are smaller - so "they are less likely to be irritating." Unlike its parents. Who, like their strange cardboard-boxed offspring, are baked, all right. But probably not entirely by Nabisco.