Saturday, March 07, 2009

Always Blowing Bubbles

While D+R is geeking out on vintage packaging, I thought I'd add this little gem I spotted in an antique store in Hilo, Hawaii. While nothing is funnier in my mind than filthy kids running around with grass stains and jelly on their mouths, the world might be a better place if we still had "Matey" bubblebath. What the world needs now is pure, mild bubbles!

One other image I found of a Matey box on Flickr boasts that it contains lanolin and hexachlorophene. According to Wikipedia, hexachlorophene is a great cleanser, but has the unfortunate side-effect of cerebral swelling and brain damage in rats. It's a small price to pay to be as clean as a pirate.

I was able to find this matey commercial from Australian television in 1988:

There's also this charmingly New Wave retrofuturistic British commercial from the 80's:

Matey still exists in the UK, albeit in a bastardized, creepy "Precious Moments"esque bottle. I think it's time for Matey to pull a General Mills and bring back the old character least for a visit. I might even be up for some cerebral swelling!