Don’t Lose a Man’s Thermos (Feb, 1954)

I’m not sure what’s going on here. Did he kill his wife over a thermos? Or just beat her? Or did he yell at her, then SHE beat him? Is that why he has a shiner? Or did the cops do that?

This ad leaves so much unexplained. I think I’ll email this to Aladdin asking for an explanation.

“It all began when she lost my Aladdin Angler vacuum bottle!”

Aladdin Vacuum Bottles and Lunch Kits
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Aladdin Industries, Incorporated, Nashville, Tennessee

3 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: April 21, 200710:49 am

    The man at the left appears to be either a harbor cop or shipboard authority; note that his clothing doesn’t match the policeman, and that he carries a blackjack rather than a nightstick.

    The seated man appears to be wearing a Mackintosh/raingear, as if he’s a fisherman.

    And, of course, the “Angler” vacuum bottle would imply fishing.

    Perhaps the guy started off the day angry because of the lost Thermos, then got into a fight.

    Not that this explains much…

  2. Andy S. says: December 12, 200712:13 pm

    When you find yourself implying through advertising that your product could be a direct or indirect cause of spousal abuse, it’s time to hire a new advertising agency.

  3. robert says: June 19, 20083:41 pm

    i have the exact same angler vacuum bottle in the ad…i am trying to find out its value

    …as an ad man -it seems this guy got hauled in for creating a big disturbance when his wife lost his thermos….the guys who created this ad are most likely dead now…

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