Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1897
NB: Rejected marketing slogan from the A.B. Dick Company: “Now a woman can sharpen a pencil you say? Must be a Dick!”
The “revolving wheels” make me think of the horrific accidents of industrial life. Such a decorous advertisement from a world in which women and girls risked grievous injury from machinery.
“…from a world in which women and girls risked grievous injury from machinery…”, who were paid little and were accorded even less respect, much less regard. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire always comes to mind:
The title and rejected slogan is so much in the spirit of that time…
I somehow didn’t expect early sharpeners to use such an acute angle.
It’d be great to think, since it was likely there weren’t any female artists employed at this ad agency, that “Joe from Accounting” had to explain to his wife why the fellas at work had painted his fingernails red. Like Seinfeld might say, ‘those are some man-hands‘. 🙂
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