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A Slightly Morbid 1926 Ad Encouraging People to Snap Thanksgiving Photos

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and even people who don’t ordinary take pictures are likely dusting off their cameras in anticipation of capturing snapshots of family gatherings. Photography wasn’t as cheap back in 1926, so people needed a little more encouraging. The above ad placed by the Master Photo Finishers of America tries to do this is a slightly morbid way:

Save the day with snap shots. Thanksgiving, the day of the year which brings most families together, is a splendid opportunity to take snap-shots of the entire family, both singly and as a group. Next year may be too late. Have your camera and a few extra film ready.

Interesting marketing tactic, eh? Here’s Boing Boing’s paraphrase: “Take Thanksgiving snapshots, before everyone you love dies.” The ad was discovered by Flickr user Alan Mays, who regularly posts scans of quirky vintage finds.


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.maniago Jonathan Maniago

    Perhaps a little too morbid for an ad, but it still is a perfectly legitimate reason for taking up photography.

  • herzco

    It might be a little heavy-handed, but the message is completely true.