Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ever Wake Up Screaming?

It's 1945, and Royal Typewriter Company runs this wonderfully terrifying ad in magazines, showcasing some really great art, as well as a playful sense of nightmarish humor for war time era people in the workforce. Yep, not only were soldiers away and battling the evils of the world, but civilians like our lovely young lady here had boss and typewriter gremlin problems of their own! (Look closely at the blanket in the first image for the artist's name!)







8 comments:

Drazen said...

Beautiful!
Number 3 is hilarious.

Karswell said...

The typewriter pulling on her dress brings to mind M. R. James great Malice of Inanimate Objects. I like that crazy hammer gremlin too!

Mr. Cavin said...

Yeah, the hammer gremlin is great, and kinda reminds me of some Kelly Freas imp. Nothing is as terrifying as that Siamese horse thing, though. Good lord.

Karswell said...

Yes, what kind of horrible things could the Siamese horse thing have in store for our helpless maiden?

KL from NYC said...

Terrific period piece.

It's hard to believe that women were working in factories at that point. There's no acknowledgement that they were anything more than secretaries -- and they're weak ones that would get nightmares from typing!
Nowadays, how many groups would petition to demand an apology just for the "pounded on the skull with a sledgehammer" bit?

Have you ever come across anything for Underwood Typewriters? I tried searching for ads a couple of months ago and couldn't find anything.

Karswell said...

I'll check through my mag collection, KL... so far no.

Craftypants Carol said...

i absolutely love the one with the woman tied up with the typewritter ribbon!!

these pics are soo cool!

Karswell said...

If more ads were as cool as this one, I wouldn't even care about magazine articles-- bring on more ads!