Monday, April 26, 2010

A to Z MONDAY
...the edible edition

Brought to you this week by the letter N

....as in Nuts

But, let's not talk about plain old Nuts.  Grandma J wants to talk about Nut stuff....



Like her ancient Planter's Peanut Mr. Nut costume that she's planning on buying for $10k.




Of course Mr. Peanut is almost older than Grandma J dirt.  Here he is celebrating  his 30th birthday during the great depression.....probably.



Somewhere on God's green earth, Girl Scouts sold salted Nuts in the '50s.  Did you know Grandma J was a Girl Scout in the 50's?   She didn't know about the Nuts.


Peanut butter is a super popular Nut food....yes it is



In the early days, no one scared the bee gee zuzz out of kids like Beech-Nut's mascot.  See all the kids running away?

So, in 1931....Beech-Nit made an executive decision to switch.....



.....to gum.   Of course their marketing focused on Beech-Nut Gum for smokers.


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It wasn't until they got rid of those morbid looking men added secretaries to their ads did Beech-Nut Gum take off like wild fires.




Skippy had it's share of Nuts.....but Grandma J only knew about Skippy Peanut butter.



Of course everyone jumped on the peanut butter  and wagon, like Laura Scudder.   After a while she moved to Idaho...and you know the rest of the story.




Peter Pan had Wendy whip up some snacks with his brand of peanut butter. 




Big Top Peanut Butter decided to use lots of kids in their ads....literally!


There are other Nut stuff...like Grape-Nuts. 

Over the years the grape-Nuts evolved like no one's business.   Here is an example of a vintage Grape-Nuts ad....




The sucessful businessman knows how to start his day with steady nerves and a keen, clear brain with Grape=Nuts.......oh my, who knew?



OK, now we know the secret to our man's attempt at superior brain.

Grandma J isn't nuts done, she has a couple more really freaky odd peanut ads for you......
 
 
That's right...it's PeaNut Andy, Miracle Worker...  the mascot that never quite made it. So bad, so sad.
 
 
 
Here's Karo's ad for PeaNut Pie.   Thank goodness the world has been purged of these scarey babies!

Now, scoot on over to A to Z Mondays, hosted my Jen at unglazed to see some normal N foods.  And hey, it's never to late to join in!

14 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

LOL...where do you get all these ads???

Loui said...

GJ..
am still laughing from Daist's poem..
and now you've set me off again..
these are hilarious!!
think I'll just stay sane and eat Nachos!
warmest hugs..
laughing smiles
Loui♥

Loui said...

oops ..
what I meant to say:
was Daisy's poem!
Loui♥

The Incredible Woody said...

And now you can say you know a real nut, I mean Nutt! That was my maiden name:)

Daryl said...

Love it .. you forgot one important nut fact .. a bazillion people have nut allergies ...

This weekend the TV news showed a photo of Times Sq and ToonMan asked how the traffic knew it couldnt turn where the 'mall' is now ... was there a sign? I said no, there are planters at every intersection... he said there's a big Peanut at all the intersections .. sigh .. just so you know what I have to put up with in terms of humor ...
baddabumillbehereallweek

Cassie said...

Holy moley G-ma...you are so full of it! Information that is!! Funny stuff. Thanks for the laugh.
Blessings, C.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh! The baby with that hat covering itself is HILARIOUS! And so is Andy the nut man : )

I knew I should eat grape nuts for breakfast so I could be smarter. I am off to the market to get a box right now.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love nuts. I am quite nutty. I recognize a good nut when I see one. YOU are a good nut.
The grape nuts ad's are silly. I remember eating that stuff years ago...I think they were really made out of rocks. HARD!!!

Daisy said...

We're quite a nutty bunch this week, aren't we? HA! Great post, Grandma J! I think that Mr. Peanut costume would be a lot of fun to own. Happy Monday to you! :D

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

We are Jiffy nuts at the Little House! You one the other hand are just plain nuts!
Is it July yet? ((hugs))
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Jen said...

This just got nuttier and nuttier as it went on ! and on!
lol
Happy Monday Grandma J!

Margaret said...

WHOOAA...That's a lot of nutty bloggin'! I had a Mr. Peanut mechanical pencil when I was little and I cherished it. Not sure why, but I wish I had it today. Old ads are the best, aren't they?

Ben said...

Another fine job from the House of Advertising History. I guess that's HAH for short! Love those old ads. It's like paging through my grandparents' old National Geographics.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

OK, these ads are fantastic.

The "you've never tasted nuts like these before" ad from skippy has me mesmerized as much for the words as for the manly hands manhandling the nuts.