Horrifying 1950s Reminders to Take Vitamins

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Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mr. Moss

Waaaaaayyyy back before the dead celebrities depicted in Jason Mecier’s pill portraits had consumed their first capsules, and in an era that lacked the hipster irony of Desire Obtain Cherish’s dead celebrity pill portraits, an earnest vitamin maker thought THIS was a good idea.

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Vitamin Teen

In the 1950s, Abbott Labs used food, candy and cigarettes to create a series of horrifying advertising mascots. They designed the advertisements to be hung in doctors’ offices and inspire patients to take Dayalets. Dayalets, aka “the people’s medicine,” were thought to right all the wrongs of a meat-and-potatoes diet and heavy nicotine regimen, as was popular at the time.

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mr. Drencher

Sometime thereafter, Abbott Labs published the color reproductions “suitable for framing,” which is how I found them, on the great LILEKS website. Click through for pretzel ears, carrot hands and “Starchy Pete.” Let these Dayalets vitamin characters provide further inspiration to improve your diet and exercise in 2013 rather than rely on a resolution to take vitamins!

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mr. Beeler

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mr. Peeler

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mr. Boiler

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mr. Weeder

Dayalets Vitamin Characters: Mrs. Avoirdupoiser

Dayalets mascots: Faddist Pearl

Dayalets mascots: Mr. Herbivorous

Dayalets mascots: Soda Sue

Dayalets mascots: Starchy Pete

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  1. Posted by: sorbethead on December 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    i’m sure arcimboldo was unimpressed since he beat them by several hundred years:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Arcimboldo

    but svankmajer MAY have been inspired by mr. moss and starchy pete:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD9tm2vPuL0

  2. Posted by: jeremy (Twitter: @jeremyriad) on December 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    @sorbethead Arcimboldo’s 1500s fruit faces are blowing my mind! Thanks for submitting the link!