Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Indian mask, c. 1940s

This is a serious illustration for a playful mask--could be the famous warrior Cochise. Guessing on the era. Might have been a promotional give-away from Dr. Pepper. The slogan under the logo is "Good for Life!" and a reminder to "Drink-a bite to eat At 10 to 2 and 4 o'clock." The little illustration shows a man in a top hat pointing the time for that first Dr. Pepper break.


  1. Oh, how fun! I love vintage advertising pieces.

    Can you imagine wearing this for Halloween and trying to see through those tiny holes...

  2. I know, it couldn't have been very comfortable. Maybe that's why I found it in such great, unused condition. I'm also wondering at that slogan "Drink-a bite to eat," I guess it was trying to convince people that Dr. Pepper was same as a food snack.

  3. This is wonderful! I do believe
    it is Geronimo, as I have a large
    poster of him from the 1970s, and
    the resemblence is striking.

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful things you post!

    Lyann Glenn

  4. Thank you for that correction. Geronimo hadn't occurred to me, but that's a figure perhaps more widely known than Cochise.

  5. Yes, it does look like Geronimo. It's a beautiful illustration.