Wednesday, July 08, 2009

when starch was used to clean the moon...

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images from a small premium booklet that came free with faultless starch circa 1895. this tiny book, very much a pre-curser to cereal and food premiums, was part of a series of tiny kids story giveaways involving the starch as a main "ingredient" of the narrative. in this case, a boy is awakened by some pixies who invite him to visit the moon. there he discovers that the dark spots on the moon are dirty from coal, and that there are small moon pixies who clean the dirt away with faultless starch, which is why the moon shines so brightly. the boy ends up back in his bed (was it all a dream?) with a fresh box of starch by his side... can't find any info on the illustrator of these tiny newsprint booklets, the drawings are pretty darn nice...

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Blogger ArtSparker said...

Tidy Tips, in California Fairy Tales, polishes the moon with silver polish as I recall.

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